Myanmar and the Republic of Korea sign Memoranda of Understanding
on Cooperation in the fields of Fisheries, Technical and Vocational Training, and Environment.
The Myanmar delegation led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, arrived back Nay Pyi Taw today evening after attending the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit and 1st Mekong-ROK Summit held in Busan, the Republic of Korea from 25 to 27 November 2019.
On 25 November 2019, the State Counsellor attended opening ceremonies of the ASEAN-ROK CEO Summit and ASEAN-ROK Culture Innovation Summit which were held at the Exhibition Centre II, BEXCO. Then, the State Counsellor delivered a keynote speech at the ASEAN-ROK Culture Innovation Summit under the theme “Growing with Art”. In the afternoon, the State Counsellor held roundtable talk with the Korean Students studying Myanmar Language from the Busan University of Foreign Studies and Myanmar Students from the Pukyong National University.
Later in the afternoon, the State Counsellor delivered a keynote speech at the ASEAN-ROK CEO Summit under the theme “New Partnership for Co-Prosperity of Korea and ASEAN Businesses”. In the evening, the State Counsellor attended Welcoming Dinner of the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit hosted by Mr. Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea.
On 26 November 2019, the State Counsellor attended the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit. At the Summit, the Leaders reviewed the ASEAN-ROK cooperation for the past 30 years and discussed its future direction to strengthen ASEAN-ROK Dialogue Relations. The Leaders also exchanged views on matters relating to enhancing connectivity towards prosperity and sustainability. Then, the State Counsellor attended the ASEAN-ROK Startup Summit and toured Innovation Showcase 2019.
Afterward, the State Counsellor attended the Leaders’ Retreat Luncheon on Advancing Peace and Prosperity on the Korean Peninsula at the Nurimaru APEC House.
In the afternoon, the State Counsellor held a bilateral meeting with President Moon Jae-in at the Westin-Chosun Hotel. At the meeting, the Leaders cordially discussed matters pertaining to the consolidation of the existing traditional friendly relations, progress on the implementation of matters agreed by both sides during the recent state visit of President Moon Jae-in to Myanmar, strengthening of mutually beneficial cooperation, particularly in the fields of culture, education, agriculture, fisheries, environment, infrastructure and rural development as well as fostering people-to-people contacts. They also discussed possible recruitment of more workers from Myanmar under the Employment Permit System(EPS) of the Republic of Korea, cooperation between Myanmar youth enthusiasts of Korean Culture and the K-Wave Academy and the launching of solar power station in Mann Aung, Rakhine State.
Subsequently, the two Leaders witnessed the signing of the Memoranda of Understanding between the two Countries namely “Cooperation in Fisheries”, “Cooperation in the Field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training” and “Comprehensive Environmental Cooperation”.
Then, the State Counsellor visited the ASEAN Culture House and toured the exhibitions of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Viet Nam and Thailand. Later in the evening, the State Counsellor attended Mekong-ROK WelcomingDinner.
On 27 November 2019, the State Counsellor attended the 1st Mekong-ROK Summit where the Leaders discussed and exchanged views on Mekong-ROK future cooperation for co-prosperity. Then, the State Counsellor viewed the Special Exhibition on Biodiversity Cooperation between Mekong Countries and the ROK.
In the afternoon, the State Counsellor met with Myanmar nationals residing in the Republic of Korea at the Sasang District Town Hall and responded to the queries raised by Myanmar workers.
A member of the Myanmar Delegation and Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin attended the “2019 International Development Cooperation Day in Korea” on 25 November 2019. During the Ceremony, the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea and the Ministers representing Cambodia, Laos PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam and the Philippines signed the “Memorandum of Understanding on Development Cooperation”. Under the MOU, the ROK and the five ASEAN Member States will strengthen cooperation in the areas of digital economy, higher education, eliminating explosive remnants of war, smart city, and connectivity. The Union Minister also participated as a panelist at the panel discussion of the International Development Cooperation Day under the theme “Development Cooperation towards People-centred ODA”.
At the end of the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit and 1st Mekong-ROK Summit, the “ASEAN-ROK Joint Vision Statement for Peace, Prosperity and Partnership”, “Co-Chairs’ Statement on the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit” and “Mekong-Han River Declaration” were issued.
During the visit, the State Counsellor was accompanied by Union Minister for Union Government Office, U Min Thu, Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr. Aung Thu, Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin and responsible officials.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Nay Pyi Taw
Date: 27 November 2019