At the invitation of His Excellency General Prayut Chan-O-Cha (Ret.), Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, U Win Myint, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and wife Daw Cho Cho paid an official visit to Thailand on 14 June 2018, and attended the 8th Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) Summit and 9th Cambodia- Laos- Myanmar- Viet Nam (CLMV) Summit held in Bangkok from 15 to 16 June 2018.
On 14 June 2018, President U Win Myint and wife Daw Cho Cho were accorded a ceremonial welcome by His Excellency Prime Minister General Chan-O-Cha at the Government House. President U Win Myint held bilateral talks with the Prime Minister General Chan-O-Cha(Rtd.) at the Government House. During the meeting the two leaders had cordial discussions on strengthening of the existing traditional friendship and multi-faceted cooperation, providing assistance for the development of Rakhine state and peace process in Myanmar as well as cooperation for development of border areas. The Prime Minister of Thailand pledged his continued support toMyanmar Government’s efforts for peace and national reconciliation, development and democratization process. They also discussed on matters relating to celebration of the commemorative activities in both countries, as this year marks the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Myanmar and Thailand. They also exchanged views on upgrading the transport linkages between Myanmar and Thailand including cross-border linkage between Dawei Deep Sea Port and eastern coast of Thailand, promoting trade and investment, repatriation of displaced persons from Thailand to Myanmar and cooperation under ACMECS framework. The President also sought the assistance of the Royal Thai Government for protection of labour rights of Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand and assuring their due entitlements. During the meeting, President U Win Myint expressed Myanmar’s support to Thailand for its forthcoming Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2019.After the bilateral meeting, the two leaders made Joint Press Briefing at the Government House.
In the evening of 14 June 2018, Myanmar Delegation led by President U Win Myint attended the banquet hosted by Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-O-Cha (Rtd.) at the Government House.
In the morning of 15 June 2018, President U Win Myint attended the opening ceremony of the ACMECS CEO Forum which was held under the theme of “Connecting the Future: Enhancing ACMECS Cooperation and Integration”. The Forum was organized with an aim to provide platform for the government, private sectors and financial institutions from ACMECS countries and development partners to share information and experiences, exchange of views and to come up with recommendations and initiativefor the enhancement of effective cooperation under ACMECS framework. At the Forum, the President delivered a vision statement, highlighting the importance of public-private sector and their participation in the implementation of the ACMECS cooperation programmes.
The President attended Gala Dinner hosted by the Prime Minister of Thailand, on 15 June 2018, in honour of the visiting delegations to the ACMECS Summit and potential development partners.
In the Morning of 16 June 2018, Myanmar delegation led by the President attended the Opening Ceremony of the 8th ACMECS Summit and visited the ACMECS Exhibition, which features strengths and future prospects of each ACMECS member country.
President U Win Myint then attended the 8th ACMECS Summit held under the theme of “Towards an Integrated and Connected Mekong Community”. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Gen. Prayut Chan-O-Cha(Rtd), Prime Minister of Thailand, and joined by H.E. Samdech Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia, H.E. Mr. ThonglounSisoulith, Prime Minister of Lao PDR, and H.E. Mr. Nguyen XuanPhuc, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of VietNam. At the meeting, President U Win Myint reviewed the progress and challenges of ACMECS Cooperation and discussed future directions of cooperation, particularly regarding the implementation of projects and programmes related to hard and soft connectivity and human resources development under the ACMECS Master Plan (2019-2023). At the conclusion of the Summit, the leaders adopted two outcome documents: ACMECS Master Plan 2019-2023 and Bangkok Declaration. Some of the important projects to be implemented under the Master Plan include the improvement of road connectivity between Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam, creation of environment enabling Mekong countries to increase intra-regional trade and facilitation of travel among the Mekong countries.
The President then attended the 9th CLMV Summit held under the theme of “For Greater Economic Integration and Connectivity” after the 8th ACMECS Summit. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Samdech Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia, and joined by the Leaders of Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Viet Nam. At the meeting, President U Win Myint reviewed progress of CLMV cooperation and discussed future directions includingthe promotion of trade, investment and development of infrastructures. The Leaders adopted Joint Statement of the 9th CLMV Summit. The projects approved by the Leaders include conducting feasibility study to construct a road linking Myanmar-Laos-Viet Nam.
President attended the Interactive Luncheon hosted by H.E. Gen.. Prayut Chan-O-Cha(Rtd), Prime Minister of Thailand. The luncheon was organized with a view to strengthening the participation of the private sector in ACMECS Cooperation and providing a platform for interactive dialogues between ACMECS Leaders and top entrepreneurs from ACMECS member countries.
ACMECS(Ayeyawady- Chao Phaya- Mekong Economic Cooperation ) is a sub-regional economic cooperation mechanism established in 2003 at Bagan, Myanmar with five member countries; Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Viet Nam.
CLMV (Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Viet Nam Cooperation) is another sub-regional cooperation mechanism established in 2004 at Vientiane, Lao PDR with four member countries; Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam.
President U Win Myint and wife Daw Cho Cho were accompanied by Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin, Deputy Minister for Commerce U Aung Htoo and Senior Officials.
Myanmar Delegation led by President U Win Myint arrived back Nay Pyi Taw by special flight in the evening of 16 June 2018.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Nay Pyi Taw
Dated: 16 June 2018