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February 28, 2018

INCREASED CAPACITY FOR DEVELOPMENT — France to provide 200m Euros as development aid to Myanmar

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi welcomes French Minister Mr Jean-Marc Ayrault.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi welcomes French Minister Mr Jean-Marc Ayrault.

FRANCE will provide a 200 million Euro grant to Myanmar as part of the plan to increase its development aid to the country, according to French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Mr Jean-Marc Ayrault.
The French foreign minister spoke of the plan at a press conference following his meeting with Union Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
The French minister explained how the French Development Agency (AFD) was engaged in the country’s development projects in areas of urbanisation, energy, health and social welfare. He stressed that his country had doubled its development aid to Myanmar.
Mr Ayrault expressed his willingness to create new levels of economic and cultural cooperation between the two countries, saying that his country had plans to expand the Joseph Kessel School, the Institut Français in Yangon.
More and more French companies are flocking to Myanmar to make investments, the French foreign minister said, showing support for the country’s commitment to promotion of democracy and human rights under the supervision of Union Minister   for Foreign Affairs Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi reiterated improved relations between Myanmar and France and showed interest in French culture. She also thanked France for its assistance to the cultural, political and economic development of the country.
In response to queries raised at the press conference, French Foreign Minister Mr Ayrault said France respects Myanmar’s institution and recognises the army’s role in political reform and election processes.
Mr Ayrault also pledged France’s help with Myanmar’s peace and reconciliation processes during the meeting with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.


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