Union Minister for Planning and Finance U Soe Win arrived back to Myanmar yesterday afternoon after attending the 50th ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore from 28 August to 1 September.
After paying a courtesy call on Prime Minister of Singapore Mr Lee Hsien Loong at the Shangri-La Hotel on 29 August morning, Union Minister U Soe Win and his ASEAN counterparts attended the opening ceremony of the 50th ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings.
The Union Minister took part in the 17th ASEAN-China, the 24th ASEAN-Japan, the 15th ASEAN-Republic of Korea, the 21st ASEAN+3 (China, Japan, ROK), the ASEAN-US, the 23rd ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand, the 6th East Asia, the 15th ASEAN-India, the 7th ASEAN-Canada, and the 7th ASEAN-Russia economic ministers’ meetings and the 6th Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Ministerial Meeting and also co-chaired the 10th Mekong-Japan Economic Ministers’ Meeting on 30 August and 1 September.
At the meetings, implementation of the ASEAN Community 2025, latest developments of the priority economic tasks being carried out under the chairmanship of Singapore, realization of the ASEAN+1 Free Trade Area, economic cooperation, ongoing discussions on regional comprehensive economic partnership and future programs were discussed.
The Union Minister also held talks with US Deputy Trade Representative Jeffery D Gerrish and the ASEAN-US Business Council led by its President Alexander C Feldman.
The ASEAN economic ministers signed the First Protocol to Amend the ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement and the 10th package of commitments for the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services (AFAS) at the meeting. — Myanmar News Agency