Enhancing economic co-operation between BIMSTEC members discussed

  1. At the invitation of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Her Excellency Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, paid a State Visit to India on 17 October 2016 and arrived back to    Nay Pyi Taw at 1920 hrs. on 19 October 2016. Prior to the State Visit, the State Counsellor attended the BIMSTEC Retreat and BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit held in Goa, India on 16 October 2016.
  2. On the same day at 1300 hrs., the State Counsellor together with BIMSTEC leaders attended the Luncheon hosted by Chief Minister of Goa, Mr. Laxmikant Parsekar. The State Counsellor then held a bilateral meeting with His Excellency Mr. Maithritala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to further strengthen the bilateral cooperation.
  3. In the evening, the State Counsellor attended BIMSTEC Retreat together with the leaders of BIMSTEC member countries: Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal and Thailand. The leaders exchanged views on strengthening economic cooperation among BIMSTEC member countries and focusing their cooperation on such prioritised areas as connectivity, trade and investments, counter-terrorism, cyber security, transnational crimes and energy. The BIMSTEC Leaders’ Retreat issued an outcome.
  4. On the same day, the State Counsellor attended BRICS and BIMSTEC Leaders Outreach Summit together with the leaders from BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and BIMSTEC member countries. The leaders discussed cooperation between two groupings on area of mutual interest, ways to enhance and exchanged of views on important global and regional issues including counter- terrorism, climate change, disaster management, combating against drugs and human trafficking. The Myanmar delegation led by the State Counsellor attended the BRICS and BIMSTEC Leaders’ Summit Dinner Reception hosted by the Prime Minister of India.
  5. After the Dinner, the State Counsellor had a bilateral meeting with President of the People’s Republic of China His Excellency Mr. Xi Jinping. During their meeting, they cordially discussed strengthening of bilateral relations and co-operation, following up the agreements reached during the State Counsellor’s previous visit to PRC, exchange of visits at different levels, continued co-operation on issues of mutual interest in regional organizations and launching of the bilateral mechanism to discuss security and stability of the border areas.
  6. To commence the State Visit to India, the State Counsellor left Goa for New Delhi by special flight in the morning of 17 October 2016 and made a overnight stop at “Rashtrapati Bhavan”, Guest House of the Presidential Palace.
  7. On 18 October 2016 at 0900 hrs., the State Counsellor was accorded a ceremonial welcome by the Prime Minister of India at the forecourts of the Presidential Palace. The State Counsellor paid tribute to India’s leader Mahatma Gandhi at his memorial, Raj Ghat, in New Delhi and also signed the guestbook at the memorial.
  8. At 1000 hrs., the State Counsellor  met with Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs of India at the Presidential Palace.
  9. The State Counsellor met Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President of the Republic of India at the Presidential Palace and exchanged views on India’s democratic state building experiences and Myanmar’s ongoing efforts for democratic transition. Later, the State Counsellor attended the private luncheon hosted by the President of India.
  10. In the evening, the State Counsellor gave interviews to India based local and foreign news agencies namely Times Now, Hindustan Times and Washington Post, at the Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. The State Counsllor also met the staffs and families of the Myanmar Embassy and Office of the Military, Naval and Air Attaches’ and attended the dinner hosted by the Embassy.
  11. On 19 October 2016, the State Counsellor attended the Myanmar-India Business Roundtable held by the Confederation of India Commerce and Industry (CII). She gave a keynote speech on Myanmar’s economic and investment policies, new investment law and trade and investment opportunities in Myanmar and responded to the questions raised by the business community.
  12. In the afternoon, the State Counsellor called on Prime Minister Modi at the Hyderabad House and attended the working Luncheon hosted by the Prime Minister to discuss strengthening bilateral relations and cooperation. During their discussion, the Prime Minister and the State Counsellor cordially discussed wide-ranging issues including lending support to Myanmar’s democratic transition process, cooperation in border security, and counter-terrorism, settlement of remaining boundary issues as early as possible, implementation of a pilot project on provisioning and installation of LED based energy efficient lighting, providing more diplomatic trainings and assisting in development a diplomatic academy in Myanmar and accelerating the implementation of the ongoing development projects funded by India in various sectors.
  13. During the visit, Myanmar and India exchanged three MoUs, namely, the MoU on designing and implementing an academic and professional capacity building program for the insurance industry of Myanmar between Financial Regulatory Department, Ministry of Finance and Planning of Myanmar and the Insurance Institute of India, MoU on the Cooperation in the Field of Power Sector between Ministry of Electric and Power of Myanmar and Ministry of Power of India and MoU between the Central Bank of Myanmar and the Reserve Bank of India.
  14. The State Counsellor and the Prime Minister held a joint press conference and briefed the press on the highlights of the discussions and points of agreements reached during the State Visit.
  15. The State Counsellor left New Delhi by special flight at 1520 hrs. on 19 October 2016 and reached Nay Pyi Taw at 1920 hrs.
  16. The Joint Statement was issued during the State Visit and was published separately on State media.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
21 October 2016


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