Union Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin participates in the Asia and Pacific High-level Video Conference on Belt and Road Cooperation

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Union Minister for Foreign Affairs U Wunna Maung Lwin participated in the High-level Video Conference on Belt and Road Cooperation on Combatting the Pandemic for Sustainable Recovery at 06:30 pm on 23 June 2021 from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nay Pyi Taw.
The conference was chaired by State Councilor and Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China Mr Wang Yi and attended by the President of the Republic of Colombia, Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Fiji, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Cambodia, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Minister of Digital Development of the Kyrgyz Republic, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and high-ranking officials including Foreign Ministers and relevant ministers. A total of 29 countries as well as high-level representatives from the United Nations represented at the conference.
During the Conference, the participants shared their national efforts in addressing the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic and approaches to sustainable economic recovery in post COVID-19 era. They also exchanged views on building a green silk road by maintaining the balanced ecosystem, enhancing green infrastructure development, responding to the climate change in united efforts, and transforming countries’ economies to be environmentally responsive.
Union Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin highlighted Myanmar’s responses to COVID-19 and the impact of pandemic on economy, through a range of measures, by adhering to the principle of “Leaving no one behind”. He stressed the significance of fair and transparent manner in global distribution of COVID vaccines and encouraged international financial institutions and development partners to consider, in all possible ways, providing financial assistance for least developed and developing countries in vaccine procurement process. Furthermore, the Union Minister expressed his appreciation to the Government of the People’s Republic of China for its assistance to Myanmar in the fight against the pandemic.
Subsequently, with regard to promoting a green silk road for sustainable development, Union Minister stated Myanmar’s endeavours in fostering green and sustainable growth of the country in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Moreover, he also encouraged BRI members to strengthen the BRI development projects, to transform climate friendly economies and to enhance cooperation in pursuing the development of a green silk road.
At the conference, “Initiative for Belt and Road Partnership on COVID-19 Vaccines Cooperation” and “Initiative for Belt and Road Partnership on Green Development” were jointly launched by participating countries.
Also present at the Conference with the Union Minister were senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. —MNA

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