High level Myanmar ministers to meet Singapore Cabinet

Breaking News December 04, 2012 00:00

By The Nation

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A delegation of senior Government Ministers from Myanmar will meet in Singapore this week with the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and other top Singaporean Government leaders in a regional knowledge-sharing mission.


Initiated    and    led    by    Dr.   Noeleen   Heyzer,   United   Nations Under-Secretary-General  and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission  for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the five day study visit will provide  an  opportunity  for  the  Myanmar  Ministers  to  gain first-hand experience of Singapore’s industrial development policies and strategies to attract  foreign investment, provide decent productive jobs for people, and to do so in an environmentally sustainable way.
“ESCAP is very excited to have been able to facilitate this opportunity to strengthen the growing economic and  development links between Myanmar and rest of the Asia-Pacific region," said Heyzer.
"I  want  to facilitate shared and sustainable prosperity for our region. My thanks  go  to  both  Prime  Minister  Lee  Hsien  Loong  of Singapore, and President  U  Thein  Sein of Myanmar, for their support of this initiative. The  focus  on  sharing  of  expertise and experience will be an invaluable chance  for Singapore to assist the Government of Myanmar to take advantage
of  the  global  resurgence  of  interest in investing in their economy and future development.”
The five-member Myanmar delegation is headed by U Soe Thane, the  Union  Minister  in the President’s Office and Chairman of the Myanmar Investment Commission.
As  part  of  the  programme in Singapore, the Myanmar leaders will also be briefed  on  Singapore’s  experience  in developing and managing industrial parks,  land  use  planning,  housing policies and technical and vocational education systems.
“This  visit  is  the  first  in  a  series  of ministerial-level knowledge networking  missions  being  planned  by ESCAP,” said Dr. Heyzer. “There is such a wealth of policy experience and innovation across our region, and we are working to unlock these knowledge assets by forging closer ties between our  least-developed  countries  and  those  who  have  been  successful in
building stronger, more inclusive and sustainable economic growth.”

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