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“Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Overcoming Development Gap through Regional and Global Collaborative Actions” was the theme of the ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering held at Bali Resort in Indonesia on 11 October.
The Leaders’ Gathering was attended by leaders from ASEAN countries, and from international organizations including UN agencies, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The country leaders delivered speeches on their respective sustainable development goals.
In his address, President U Win Myint said 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.
The President said that we must adopt different strategies to improve our cooperation to create a sense of ASEAN Community among the nations of the world. He said we also see the importance of a more comprehensive and effective collaboration with international organizations, including the United Nations, the World Bank and the IMF.
There are major changes in the global economic agenda. While the two great economic powerhouses prioritize in safeguarding their own economy, the repercussions they generate create problematic issues for countries with emerging economies. 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.
The President mentioned that Myanmar had been isolated from the global economy for many years. He said necessary steps are being taken to muster the energy needed to revitalize the nation’s economy. He added that the history of the country compels it to pass through an inevitable period.
In her speech at the Myanmar Investment Conference held recently in Tokyo, Japan, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said as Myanmar has only recently emerged from a lengthy period of self-imposed isolation, necessary steps are being taken to muster the energy needed to revitalize the nation’s economy. She said the country’s background compels it to currently pass through an inevitable period of its history.
The State Counsellor said we have developed a comprehensive social, economic and environmental policy reform agenda, the Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan, or MSDP, which provides a unifying and coherent roadmap for our future reforms. She said, structured around 3 Pillars, 5 Goals, 28 Strategies and 251 Action Plans, the MSDP can be seen as the expression of our national development vision; a vision which finds resonance in the global sustainable development agenda.
To lessen the gap between Myanmar’s sustainable development with that of other countries, we ourselves need to exert effort and energy into it. When others are taking one step forward, we need to be taking four, five, ten steps in advance, or even vault ahead if we can. The only way we can achieve this is through collaborative actions and collective strength.

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