Nay Pyi Taw, 6 July — President U Thein Sein concluded his trip to Japan on Monday, arriving at Nay Pyi Taw airport in the early evening.
Vice Presidents Dr Sai Mauk Kham and U Nyan Tun, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, union ministers and officials welcomed the president home.
The president was accompanied on the tour by Union Ministers U Wunna Maung Lwin, U Tin Naing Thein, U Ohn Myint, U Khin Maung Soe, U Kyaw Lwin, Dr Kan Zaw, Dr Than Aung and U Ye Htut, deputy ministers U Ohn Than and U Han Sein, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar U Set Aung, Yangon Mayor U Hla Myint, Brig-Gen Ko Ko Naing of the Ministry of Defence and officials.
The Myanmar delegation led by the president attended the 7th Mekong-Japan Summit together with leaders from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.
The summit started in 2009 and is held every year, with Myanmar having hosted the 6th summit in Nay Pyi Taw last year.
The summit aims to promote development of countries in the Mekong region, including the east-west economic corridor and southern economic corridor through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund.
With a population of 240 million and total GDP of US $664 billion, the region is an increasingly important market.
The summit adopted the Tokyo Strategy 2015, pledging cooperation in the development of industrial infrastructure, human resources and green initiatives, as well as coordination between Mekong countries and other countries.
The president also attended the Japan-Myanmar Summit, where he discussed development of the Dawei Special Economic Zone, construction of a coal-fired power station, upgrading of railway lines, and measures to combat traffic congestion in Yangon with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The Japanese government also approved assistance loans of 100 billion yen for the Yangon Circular Rail Line, National Power Supply Phase-2 and development of the East-West Economic Corridor, and signed a memorandum of intent related to the Dawei Special Economic Zone.
The president studied the public transportation of Japan by taking public trains between Tokyo, Nagoya and Kyoto, and generation of electricity at the largest coal-fired power station in Japan, which generates 4,100 megawatt every day.
The president invited Japanese companies to create environmentally friendly coal-fired power stations in Myanmar.
The trip was the third by the president to Japan, starting with his inaugural visit in April 2012.
Earlier in the morning, the president visited a collective farm outside Kyoto before visiting Osaka to study the city’s gas smart energy network and attend a luncheon hosted by businessmen at the Righa Royal Hotel. MNA