Bi-lateral relations discussed, future investment, scholarships, funding
PRESIDENT U Htin Kyaw, during his visit to the Russia Federation to attend the Summit commemorating the 20th anniversary of ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Partner Relations, met the Russia Federation President, the Prime Minister of Thailand and the Vietnamese Prime Minister separately yesterday at the Radission Blu Resort and Congress Centre in Sochi, Russia.
During his meeting with Mr Vladimar Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, President U Htin Kyaw said that the relations between the two nations that has been stable since 1948 would be further strengthened, that goodwill societies would be founded in both nations as a gesture of bilateral cooperation, that bilateral cultural and economic efforts in cooperation would be made, that entrepreneurs from Russia would invest in Myanmar and the people-to-people interaction would be furthered.
Matters concerning the formulation of a trade cooperation roadmap agreed during the first meeting of the Myanmar-Russia Trade and Economic Cooperation Commission hosted by Myanmar in 2014, the holding of the second trade and economic cooperation commission meeting, the linking of the Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank with banks in Russia to cooperate in banking services regarding bilateral trade and the signing by both sides of an agreement to open a Russia trade representative’s office were discussed by the two leaders.
The two leaders discussed matters relating to investment by Russian entrepreneurs in Myanmar’s oil and natural gas sector, resumption of air transport
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between Moscow and Yangon, the providing of technical assistance to No 2 Steel Mill (soon to be opened in Shan State), energy sector investors’ need to consider social responsibility and cooperation in cultural, tourism and defence sectors.
The two heads of state further discussed matters concerning education exchange programs, the providing of scholarship awards, on the part of Russia in technology training and other disciplines, the continuation of cooperation in science and technology and ASEAN-Russia cooperation.
During his meeting with the Thai Prime Minister, President U Htin Kyaw laid emphasis upon further strengthening of diplomatic ties and amicable relations between the two nations, the formulation of programmes for cooperation in economic, trade and cultural sectors, deep sea port projects and special economic zone projects’ implementation not affecting the natural environment and matters relating to the well-being of the people.
Then, in regard to Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand, the two leaders discussed closer cooperation for their health care, job security and fringe benefits.
The two also discussed the signing of a memorandum of understanding regarding bilateral cooperation in workers’ affairs, reaching an agreement regarding the creation of employment opportunities and coming to an agreement concerning cross-border issues.
President U Htin Kyaw also had a meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Mr Nguyen Xuan Phuc and discussed matters concerning further cementing Myanmar-Viet Nam ties, the promotion of bilateral trade, increased investments in construction, banking, communications, air transport and the energy sector and cooperation in cultivation and production of coffee and pepper.
The two leaders also discussed tourism promotion, cooperation and livestock and fishery improvement and regional cooperation activities such as GMS, ACMECS and CLMV.