President U Win Myint addresses ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering

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President U Win Myint delivers an address at the ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering in Bali, Indonesia yesterday. 
Photo: MNA

President U Win Myint left from Nay Pyi Taw on a special flight yesterday morning and arrived in Bali, Indonesia at 1:30 pm local standard time.
The delegation led by President U Win Myint was welcomed by Indonesia Minister for Industry H.E. Mr. Airlangga Hartarto, Myanmar Ambassador to Indonesia Daw Ei Ei Khin Aye, Permanent Representative of Myanmar to ASEAN U Min Lwin, senior officials from Indonesia Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other officials at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali.
The President and delegation then went to The Patra Bali Resort where they’ll be residing while in Bali.
Later in the evening, President U Win Myint attended and addressed the ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering held at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort in Bali Island.
President U Win Myint and ASEAN leaders attending the ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering were warmly welcomed by Indonesia President Mr. Joko Widodo and then posed for a commemorative group photo.
The President was accompanied to the Gathering by Union Ministers Dr. Than Myint and U Soe Win, Myanmar Ambassador to Indonesia Daw Ei Ei Khin Aye and Permanent Representative of Myanmar to ASEAN U Min Lwin.
At the Gathering, Indonesia President Mr. Joko Widodo delivered an opening speech.

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President U Win Myint warmly welcomed by Indonesian President Mr. Joko Widodo at ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering in Bali. Photo: MNA

Next the Gathering was continued under the theme of “Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Overcoming Development Gap through Regional and Global Collaborative
Actions” and ASEAN Secretary-General H.E. Mr. Dato Lim Jock Hoi and UN Secretary-General Mr. Antonio Guterres delivered opening remarks while Indonesia President Mr. Joko Widodo, Brunei Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Muizzaddin Waddaulah, Cambodia Prime Minister Mr. Samdech Hun Sen, Lao Prime Minister Mr. Thongloun Sisoulith, Malaysia Prime Minister Mr. Mahathir Mohamad, Republic of Union of Myanmar President U Win Myint, Philippines President Mr. Rodrigo Duterte, Singapore Prime Minister Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand Prime Minister Mr. Prayut Chan-o-cha and Viet Nam Prime Minister Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc delivered speeches on country wise sustainable development goals. In his address, President U Win Myint joined the ASEAN Leaders in expressing appreciation to Indonesia President Mr. Joko Widodo for hosting the ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering in Bali. He also expressed his personal thanks to the Government and the people of the Republic of Indonesia, especially the friendly people of Bali for the warm welcome and courtesies accorded since arriving to the beautiful island.
The President also expressed heartfelt sympathies and deep condolences to the government and the people of the Republic of Indonesia at this time of grief for the tragic loss of lives and properties caused by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Central Sulawesi on 28 September. It is an honour to participate in this gathering between the ASEAN Leaders and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the World Bank President and the IMF Managing Director for the purpose of promoting prosperity and achieving Sustainable Development Goals in a more rigorous, comprehensive and effective manner, said the President.
The President said he will share his views and perspectives on overcoming the challenges faced to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and equitable development among the nations and also touches upon Myanmar’s endeavours to achieve equitable and inclusive economic and financial growth for the benefit of the people of Myanmar. We firmly believe that it is as important to share prosperity and equitable distribution of benefits among the citizens of a particular country as it is important among the nations in the global community said the President.
The President continued that as the SDGs’ Goal Number 10 reflected the need to “Reduce inequality within and among countries” the concept of growth with equity, equitable development and sustainable development has become a crucial challenge for all of us.
We need to create ‘win-win’ strategies from the prevailing world economic system through our regional economic integration endeavor so that the benefits of international economic integration can be widely shared among us.
We must also adopt different strategies to improve our cooperation to create a sense of ASEAN Community among the nations of the world. We also see the importance of a more comprehensive and effective collaboration with international organisations, including the United Nations, the World Bank and the IMF.
There are many opportunities as well as challenges in today’s global economic agenda. It is therefore imperative that we grab the opportunities while we address the challenges collectively. According to the Global Economic Report, the advanced Western nations have clearly noticed the rise of economic power and competitiveness of the East Asian nations. In the same vein, the rise of international organizations such as APEC, G20, BRICS and SCO further contributed to the role of the East Asian nations.
East Asian nations will remain the brightest spot in the global economy and stand as a role model for the developing countries. At the same time, we must strengthen our cooperation to face global challenges, including climate change, energy sufficiency, food security, infrastructure development and enhanced regional connectivity.
We, ASEAN, recognize the need to ensure that the benefits of growth are shared equitably among our peoples. We also believe that better regional cooperation and integration will support greater market access and transfer of advanced technologies. We therefore need to address common challenges in order to produce good results and positive achievements.
To achieve equitable development in our region, we need to create an environment which is conducive to sustainable development. It would be better if ASEAN initiates the promotion of green products to complement the Green Growth for the long-term development of our region.
As a participant in the Rio 20 Summit, Myanmar is committed to implement and strengthen green growth strategies. Nowadays, we are raising awareness to promote the concept of green growth. As a land bridge between Southeast Asia and South Asia due to its strategic geographic location, Myanmar can contribute to enhanced regional connectivity if our basic infrastructure needs are well supported.
The transformation and reforms in her economic and political systems have placed Myanmar in a position to cooperate with the international community to address global challenges.
As an agro-based nation, Myanmar can contribute considerably to regional food security by improving its agricultural sector and enhancing agricultural productivity. We therefore need support and collaboration from international organisations and international financial organisations in our endeavours.
I wish to inform you of the steps taken by my government to meet the Sustainable Development Goals during the 2 years of our administration. Indeed our endeavour to address the SDGs complements the theme of our gathering, “Achieving SDGs and Overcoming Development Gap through Regional and Global Collaborative Actions.”
Earlier this year, Myanmar launched a new Development Assistance Policy, which highlights how the SDGs, are progressively integrated into Myanmar’s planning, budgeting and monitoring frameworks. The Government also released a new Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan (MSDP) to serve as our national development vision that complements the global sustainable development agenda.
I wish to reiterate that Myanmar is fully committed to a development trajectory that advances SDG achievements through the combined implementation of our Development Assistance Policy and the Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan. Allow me to briefly touch upon the Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan (MSDP). MSDP represents the integration and distillation of existing plans and priorities, mediating between local development needs and the global sustainable development agenda.
The identification of specific MSDP Pillars, Goals and Strategies has allowed us to localize and contextualize Myanmar’s SDG commitments, and to better coordinate these commitments with those associated with the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), the GMS and other important regional initiatives. One of the key focuses of MSDP is the development of the regions within and beyond Myanmar. We are therefore strengthening social, economic and physical connectivity in the regions which are over-populated and under-developed.
This will facilitate greater access to markets and much needed technological inputs, and unlock Myanmar’s ability to participate in regional cooperation such as regional agriculture value chains.
Furthermore, we believe that MSDP will stimulate greater foreign and domestic investments, increase better access to finance, strengthen existing partnerships, and forge new linkages with regional and global partners.
Trade facilitation plays a critical role in supporting a more inclusive and connected Myanmar. In this regard, Myanmar is committed to improve connectivity through clear domestic regulations and procedures, improved customs, trade and logistical services and use of more advanced IT and database system.
In conclusion I would like to say that we will continue our cooperation with the global community. I also wish to reiterate Myanmar’s commitment to overcoming domestic development gaps that all our people might prosper. We will continue to cooperate closely with fellow ASEAN Member States for the emergence of a prosperous peaceful and democratic Myanmar. We also appreciate the support of our global partners including the IMF and the World Bank for their substantial contribution towards the emergence of a prosperous, peaceful transition to democracy in Myanmar. I believe that our exchange of views and thoughts will greatly assist us to identify new and innovative approaches that will lead to the expansion of our social and economic cooperation for the benefit of our people and our region, said the President.
Next International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Mdm. Christine Lagarde and World Bank Chairman Dr. Jim Yong Kim discussed about cooperation in sustainable development matters between IMF, World Bank and ASEAN and ASEAN leaders reviewed and discussed on the discussions made.
Later in the evening, President U Win Myint and ASEAN leaders attended a dinner hosted by Indonesia President Mr. Joko Widodo.—MNA

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