14th May 2012
President U Thein Sein welcomes ROK President Mr Lee Myung-bak
NAY PYI TAW, 14 MayPresident of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar U Thein Sein extended a welcome to President of the Republic of Korea Mr Lee Myung-bak who arrived here to pay a goodwill visit to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar at the invitation of President U Thein Sein, at the lawns of the Presidential Palace, here, at 5 pm today.
On arrival at the Presidential Palace from Hotel Amara, the goodwill delegation led by the President of the Republic of Korea was warmly welcomed by President U Thein Sein.
On the dais, President U Thein Sein and Korean President Mr Lee Myung-bak took the salute of the Guard of Honor.
The State Band played the National Anthems of both countries.
President U Thein Sein and ROK President Mr Lee Myung-bak inspected the Guard of Honor.
The ROK President presented his entourage to President U Thein Sein. After that, President U Thein Sein introduced his entourage Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Ko Ko, Union Minister for Industry U Soe Thein, Union Minister at the President Office U Soe Maung, Union Minister for National Planning and Economic Development U Tin Naing Thein, Union Minister for Science and Technology U Aye Myint, Union Minister for Commerce U Win Myint, Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism and for Sports U Tint Hsan, Union Minister for Education Dr Mya Aye, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs U Maung Myint and Myanmar Ambassador to ROK U Nyunt Hlaing. --MNA
President U Thein Sein meets ROK counterpart
NAY PYI TAW, 14 May President U Thein Sein of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar met a goodwill delegation led by President of the Republic of Korea Mr Lee Myung-bak at the Credentials Hall of the Presidential Palace here at 5.20 pm today.
Present at the call together with President U Thein Sein were Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Ko Ko, Union Minister for Industry U Soe Thein, Union Minister at President Office U Soe Maung, Union Minister for National Planning and Economic Development U Tin Naing Thein, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs U Maung Myint, Myanmar Ambassador to Korea U Nyunt Hlaing and heads of department. Together with the President of ROK were Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Mr Kim Sung-Hwan, Minister of Knowledge Economy Mr Hong Suk Woo and Korean Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Kim Hae-yong and high-ranking officials.
Both sides discussed matters related to strengthening of bilateral friendship, official development assistance from the ROK, funds for economic development and cooperation, multi-sectoral cooperation between the two countries, extension of economic investment and other regional issues.MNA
Union Minister for Information and Culture meets EC members of MMPO
YANGON, 14 May Union Minister for Information and Culture U Kyaw Hsan received EC members of Myanmar Motion Picture Organization at the meeting hall of the association in Bahan Township, here this morning.
Present on the occasion were departmental heads and officials, the chairman of MMPO and EC members, and those from media fields.
Making a speech on the occasion, Union Minister U Kyaw Hsan said that the Myanmar Motion Picture Organization and those from the film world are the ones who constantly keep in touch with the Ministry of Information. The ministry is trying its best in the framework of laws for individuals from the film world and the association to be able to enjoy higher status to the most possible degree, he said. How much progress did the MMPO make can be found when compares the present status of MMPO with that of 2004. And censor policies have been relaxed step by step in accordance with the wishes of those from the film world, he noted.
As the Ministry of Information will continue giving a helping hand to the newly-formed MMPO according to its policy, it is incumbent upon all those from the film world to cooperate in that regard.
Next, Chairman of MMPO U Zin Waing submitted matters on the eight-point presentation of the association. The Union minister and the managing director of Myanmar Motion Picture Enterprise touched upon it.
In his conclusion remarks, the Union minister said that the lines of today’s discussion will contribute much to the successful realization of future cooperation, adding that any matters have something to do with agreement or contradiction. And all the future tasks will make progress if the contradiction is dealt on equal terms by both sides, he said. And the meeting came to an end.MNA
63rd ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (COST) Meeting held
NAY PYI TAW, 14 MayAs Myanmar will host the 63rd ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (COST) Meeting, the meeting organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology was held at Myanmar International Convention Centre (MICC) in Nay Pyi Taw, from today to 18 May. The ten-related meetings will be held at the same venue. --MNA
Member of CPC Central Politburo calls on Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker U Khin Aung Myint
NAY PYI TAW, 14 MayA Chinese delegation led by Member of Central Politburo of Communist Party of China and Vice-Chairman of National Committee of People’s Political Consultative Conference Mr Wang Gang called on Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw U Khin Aung Myint at Amyotha Hluttaw Hall in Hluttaw Complex here this noon.
They exchanged views on peaceful coexistence between Myanmar and China, closer cooperation in international issues, friendly ties in 60 years of diplomatic relations, parliamentary undertakings, future socioeconomic development of the people, strides for environmental conservation, poverty alleviation tasks, all inclusiveness in Myanmar’s politics and developments of national reconciliation. The meeting was also attended by Deputy Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw U Mya Nyein, chairmen and secretaries of committees, and officials at Hluttaw Office and Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Li Junhua.MNA
Delegation led by Member of CPC Central Politburo arrives in Mandalay
NAY PYI TAW, 14 May A Chinese delegation led by Member of Central Politburo of Communist Party of China and Vice-Chairman of National Committee of People’s Political Consultative Conference Mr Wang Gang arrived at Mandalay International Airport at 11.55 am yesterday to pay goodwill visit to Myanmar.
They were welcomed by Mandalay Region Hluttaw Speaker U Win Maung, Region Social Affairs Minister Dr Win Hlaing, CEC Member U Aung Tun of Union Solidarity and Development Party, Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Li Junhua, Consul-General Mr Yu Boren and officials at the airport.
The delegation visited Mya Nan San Kyaw Golden Palace and Cultural Museum and paid homage to Buddha Image on Mandalay Hill where they viewed the scenic beauty of Mandalay. They signed visitor’s book and donated cash through the Pagoda Board of Trustee.
Mandalay Region Chief Minister U Ye Myint met the delegation at Mandalay Sedona Hotel and exchanged gifts. The Chief Minister hosted a dinner to the delegation.
Mr Wang Gang cordially greeted the artistes who performed songs and dances at the dinner and presented bouquets.
The delegation proceeded to Nay Pyi Taw at 8.20 am today.MNA
NAY PYI TAW, 14 MayUnion Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Myint Hlaing met a delegation of the Republic of the Philippines led by Philippine Ambassador to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega, at the ministry today.
At the meeting, they had a discussion on production of rice, rubber, sugarcane, oil palm and foodstuffs by cooperating technologies; and investment for the development of the agricultural sector of both nations. And then, the ambassador and the merchants discussed investment in the agro-based industries that will produce value-added products of Total Solution Co., Ltd through WIN-WIN Practice.
Deputy A & I Ministers U Ohn Than and U Khin Zaw, Director-Generals of the departments, the Rector of Yezin Agricultural University, Executive Director Mr. Edward Tortoric, Mr. Kevin Sietho (Director Indo Food), Mr. Sony Lianto (Director Indo Food), Mr. Noel E. Torres (Business Development), Ms. Maribelle F. Manlangit (Attaché) and members of First Pacific Group of the Philippines attended the meeting. --MNA
CPC Central Politburo Member calls on USDP Secretary-General
NAY PYI TAW, 14 MayAt the invitation of Secretary- General U Htay Oo of Union Solidarity and Development Party, the 25-member delegation led by Member of Central Politburo of Communist Party of China Mr Wang Gang arrived here from Mandalay at 9.45 am today.
USDP CEC Member U Soe Naing and Nay Pyi Taw USDP members and officials from the party headquarters welcomed the delegation at Nay Pyi Taw Airport.
The delegation accompanied by the Chinese ambassador called on the Secretary-General of USDP at the party headquarters at 5.30 pm.
The meeting focused on strengthening friendly relations between USDP and CPC and continuing cooperation.
USDP Secretary-General U Htay Oo hosted a dinner to the Chinese delegation at Myat Tawwin Hotel.MNA
President U Thein Sein hosts dinner to goodwill delegation led by ROK President
NAY PYI TAW, 14 May President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar U Thein Sein hosted a dinner to the goodwill delegation led by President of the Republic of Korea Mr Lee Myungbak, who is on a goodwill visit to Nay Pyi Taw, at Credentials Hall of the Presidential Palace here this evening.
Those present at the dinner together with President U Thein Sein were Vice-President Dr Sai Mauk Kham, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker U Khin Aung Myint, Chief Justice of the Union U Tun Tun Oo, Commander-in- Chief of Defence Services Vice- Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Chairman of Constitutional Tribunal of the Union U Soe Thein, Chairman of Union Election Commission U Tin Aye, Union ministers, deputy ministers, Myanmar Ambassador to ROK U Nyunt Hlaing and departmental heads and together with the Korean President were Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Mr Kim Sung- Hwan, Minister of Knowledge Economy Mr Hong Suk Woo, Korean Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Kim Hae-yong and senior officials.
Artistes of Fine Arts Department under the Ministry of Culture performed songs and dances before and during the dinner. The artistes entertained the visiting Korean President with traditional songs and dances after the dinner.
President U Thein Sein presented the Korean counterpart the documentary photo album of the latter’s visit.
The two leaders then presented bouquets to the artistes and posed with them for documentary photo.MNA
President of Republic of Korea Mr Lee Myung-bak arrives Nay Pyi Taw
NAY PYI TAW, 14 MayA goodwill delegation led by President of the Republic of Korea Mr Lee Myung-bak arrived here at 2.15 pm today to pay goodwill visit to Myanmar.
The Korean President was welcomed at Nay Pyi Taw International Airport by national race youths with bunches of flowers. The Guard of Honor saluted the President.
The delegation was welcomed by Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Ko Ko, Union Minister for Education Dr Mya Aye, Deputy Minister for Transport U Win Shein, departmental heads of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, officials, Korean Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Kim Hae- Yong and embassy officials.
School children waved flags of the two countries along the road as the delegation proceeded from Nay Pyi Taw Airport to Amara Hotel where they would stay. -- MNA
Union Foreign Affairs Minister attends Ministerial Meeting of Coordinating Bureau of Non-Aligned Movement
NAY PYI TAW, 14 MayAt the invitation of His Excellency Mohamed Kamel Amr, Chair of the Coordinating Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Union Minister for Foreign Affairs U Wunna Maung Lwin attended the Ministerial Meeting of the Coordinating Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt from 9 to 10 May.
The Meeting held in Maritim International Congress Centre was also attended by the Representatives from 102 Member Countries, 30 countries and nine UN and international organizations. At the Ministerial Meeting, Union Minister for Foreign Affairs U Wunna Maung Lwin delivered a statement in General Debate at the Plenary Session on 9 May 2012.
In his statement, the Union Minister stated that as a founding member of the Movement, Myanmar has consistently adhered to and faithfully followed the principles of the Movement, particularly respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations; refraining from interference in the internal affairs of other countries; settlement of disputes by peaceful means; and refraining from acts of aggression or threats or the use of force against any country. He pointed out that in the face of new challenges and complex international environment, the Movement has demonstrated its continued relevance and validity as the defender of the developing world against the dominance of the rich and the powerful. Therefore, it is vital for the Movement to be further strengthened and continue to promote and protect the interests of its member countries. The Union Minister also briefed the Meeting on recent political development and the Government’s efforts for socio-economic development of the people in Myanmar.
During the meeting, the Union Minister held separate meeting with Foreign Ministers from Republic of Serbia, Armenia, Palestine and Deputy Foreign Ministers from Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Republic of Korea, and Executive Secretary of Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization. They had exchanged views on matters of mutual interest and promotion of bilateral relations.
At the Ministerial Meeting, as Myanmar was elected as one of the Vice- Chairmen for Asia and Pacific Region, the Union Minister chaired the plenary session on 10 May afternoon.
The Ministerial Meeting adopted the Sharm El Sheikh Final Document, the Declaration on Palestine and the Declaration on the Centenary Year of the African National Congress. The Ministerial Meeting was preceded by Senior Officials Meeting on 7 and 8 May.MNA
Myanmar asks ROK to share its experience of democratic reform, economic development and promoting living conditions of citizens
NAY PYI TAW, 14 May President U Thein Sein of the Republic of the Union of the Republic of Korea Mr Lee Myung-bak at the Hall of the President Office Thein Sein were Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt- Gen Ko Ko, Union Minister Myanmar held discussion with a Korean goodwill delegation led by President here at 5.20 pm today.
Present at the meeting together with President U for Industry U Soe Thein, Union Minister for Finance and Revenue U Hla Tun, Union Minister for National Planning and Economic Development U Tin Naing Thein, Union Minister for Energy U Than Htay, Union Minister for Science and Technology U Aye Myint, Union Minister for Electric Power No (2) U Khin Maung Soe, Union Minister for Commerce U Win Myint, Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism and for Sports U Tint Hsan, Union Minister for Education Dr Mya Aye, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs U Maung Myint, Myanmar Ambassador to ROK U Nyunt Hlaing and departmental heads. Together with the President of ROK were Korean Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Kim Hae-yong and high ranking officials.
In his greetings, President U Thein Sein said he warmly welcomed the goodwill visit of the Korean President. It is a great pleasure for him to have met again with the Korean President since they last met at the 20th anniversary of establishment of ASEAN-Korea friendship held in the Republic of Korea in 2009. It has been the first ever visit of a President of Korea to Myanmar over the past 29 years. As this is also the very first visit during the time of new Myanmar government, it will surely serve as a milestone in the history of bilateral relations. Myanmar and Korea established their diplomatic ties in 1975 and the bilateral friendship has been further cemented. With this improvement, a new chapter has been opened in the field of friendly relations. It is heartening to see the relations between the two peoples improving. So, based on those results, Myanmar wishes to further promote bilateral cooperation in the future.
The President continued to say that now is the time when Myanmar is prioritizing State peace and stability, national economic development and human resource development. For peace and tranquility of the nation, peace talks are being held with national ethnic armed groups. As a result, it is hoped that all those groups will participate in the peace process. In the national reconciliation effort, Myanmar is also trying to cooperate based on common ground for the interests of the nation and the people, sidelining different ideologies. In the agricultural sector, reforms necessary for monetary, financial, trade and investment-related organizations are being conducted. Likewise, Myanmar is striving for development of agricultural sector, rural development and poverty alleviation and rural socioeconomic development. Indeed, the Korean government and people have much experience in promoting democratic reform, economic development and people’s living conditions. So, Myanmar and its people want to be shared with such experience.
The Korean President said he took pride of being the first Korean President to visit Myanmar in 30 years. He assumes the Myanmar President as a new and very close friend. As Myanmar is building a new nation with new system and promoting democracy and human rights, she will make more new friends in international community who could assist with Myanmar’s development. It is right choice Myanmar took human resources development as sine qua non for development.
Also in development of Korea, HRD played a significant role. For development of a nation, political commitment, comprehensive plan and human resources development are needed. Various Korean officials accompanied him in this trip and it is intended to start practical cooperation.
Then, the two leaders frankly discussed matters related to strengthening friendly ties, technical assistance for development of Myanmar, human resources development, investment, finance, economy, education, infrastructure, industrial development, environmental conservation, tourism, transportation, communications, science and technology, energy and mining sectors. -- MNA
President U Thein Sein meets goodwill delegation of CPC Central Politburo
NAY PYI TAW, 14 MayPresident of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar U Thein Sein received a goodwill delegation led by Member of Central Politburo of the Communist Party of China Mr Wang Gang at the Credentials Hall of the Presidential Palace here at 11 am today.
Mr Wang Gang said in his greetings that Chinese President Mr Hu Jintao extended his greetings to the Myanmar President. The diplomatic relations of 60 years developed by leaders of the two countries survived changes of the world.
The exchange of visits of top leaders of both countries could strengthen mutual trust during recent years. Sector wise cooperation could bring successes. The two countries opened new chapter of friendly ties by agreeing multilateral strategic partnership meeting with the Myanmar President and Chinese President Mr Hu Jintao on the Myanmar President’s visit to China.
Friendly relationship for over 60 years is the outcome of equal respect, mutual respect and cooperation for win-win situation.
The essence of five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence is mutual respect, equal respect and non-interference in the internal affairs of the other country. China has gone against sanctions of the western countries long ago.
China always desires to bring about good to the peoples of the two countries.
China was heartened by economic development and socio-economic development of the people as the relationships, at home and abroad, become lively under the President’s administration. China would always support political reforms in Myanmar.
The international community should offer constructive assistances to Myanmar in flourishing its national characters, and ensuring stability, peace and development.
China believes that Myanmar people would achieve the goal of development under the leadership of the President. China would support Myanmar for ever.
For his part, President U Thein Sein expressed his thanks for the message of greetings conveyed from Chinese President Mr Hu Jintao. He next offered his sympathy for the Chinese families in north-western China for the lost of property in extreme weather condition. He added that during his visit to China in May last year after the new government taking office, it was a great pleasure for him to be able to forge multilateral strategic partnership with the Chinese President. Exchange of visits of leaders of the two countries and bilateral amity over the past 60 years have further strengthened bilateral amicability and cooperation.
The President expressed his wish to have a continued developed bilateral relationship, adding that Myanmar is always grateful to China of its more than 20 years of support and standing up for some issues.
He continued that although Myanmar is trying to have balance between the three pillars of the nation, it still has to be careful about every step for reforms due to immature democratic experiences and practices. Efforts are also being made to ensure peace and stability and national economic development, which are two key requirements for flourishing democracy. Myanmar is working together with internal political organizations for prevalence of peace and stability. In an effort to make peace with national ethnic armed groups, understanding and peace have been achieved with 10 groups. However, peace has yet to be made with Kachin State sharing border with China. While Chinese leaders and people wish to see peace and tranquility of the border region, Myanmar is also exerting peace efforts. So, Myanmar here asks for help and support of China for this issue.
The President went on to say that Myanmar is inviting international investments for the development of people’s socio-economy. Without complete lifting of all sanctions against Myanmar, foreign investors have yet to dare to come to the country. This is why Myanmar is making continued endeavors for having those sanctions lifted completely. Deepest thanks are due to China for offering help with economic investments for more than 20 years. Myanmar will continue to support one China policy.
Then, President U Thein Sein conveyed his message for Chinese President Mr Hu Jintao and Premier Mr Wen Jiabao and other Chinese leaders wishing their good health and happiness.
Also present at the meeting together with President U Thein Sein were Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Ko Ko, Union Minister for Border Affairs and for Myanma Industrial Development Lt-Gen Thein Htay, Union Minister at President Office U Thein Nyunt, Union Minister for Electric Power No.1 U Zaw Min, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs U Maung Myint and departmental heads. Together with Mr Wang Gang were Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Li Junhua and high-ranking officials.-- MNA