President U Thein Sein attended the opening ceremony Wednesday morning of the Asian-African Conference Commemoration Indonesia 2015 in Jakarta.
Leaders and representatives from more than 100 countries and international organizations will join the summit and a series of events under the theme “Strengthening South-South Cooperation to Promote World Peace and Prosperity.”
Indonesian President Mr Joko “Jokowi” Widodo made opening remarks at the summit.
President U Thein Sein also made a speech, saying that along with Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India, Myanmar was one of the five countries that organized the inaugural conference in 1955.
The first large-scale Asian-African conference, also known as the Bandung Conference, was held among mostly newly independent states in Bandung, Indonesia from April 18 to 24, 1955.
The conference adopted a 10-point declaration on promotion of world peace and cooperation, incorporating the principles of the United Nations Charter.
U Thein Sein pledged Myanmar will try to promote peace, stability and prosperity of Asian and African countries.
President U Thein Sein met with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Jakarta Convention Centre at 3:30 p.m. local time, discussing the establishment of a business corridor among Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar.
The president then discussed with Chinese President Xi Jinping the promotion of bilateral ties, peace and stability at border areas between the two countries, Chinese contributions to Myanmar’s peace-making process and development of the Kyaukphyu special economic zone in Rakhine state.
The two leaders also exchanged views on building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, which is a major component of the “Belt and Road” development framework announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping in late 2013.
U Thein Sein and Xi Jinping also discussed bilateral cooperation in various sectors such as agriculture, industry, finance, electrical energy, as well as rural development and poverty alleviation programmes and the establishment of the Asian Infrastructural Investment Bank.