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Singaporean President extends warm welcome to President U Thein Sein and wife

NAY PYI TAW, 1 Feb- A ceremony to extend a welcome to President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar U Thein Sein and wife Daw Khin Khin Win by President of the Republic of Singapore Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam and wife was held at the Istana Presidential House in Singapore on 30 January morning.

On arrival at the Instana Presidential House, President U Thein Sein and wife were welcomed by the Singaporean President and wife. President U Thein Sein and Singaporean counterpart took the salute of the guard of honour as the state band of Singapore played national anthem of the two countries.

Afterwards, they inspected the guard of honour.

After taking the salute of the guard of honour, President U Thein Sein signed in the visitors book.

Singaporean President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam introduced President U Thein Sein with Singaporean ministers, ambassadors, high-ranking officials who attended the welcoming ceremony.

Similarly, President U Thein Sein introduced Singaporean President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam with members of the goodwill delegation of Myanmar.

President U Thein Sein, Singaporean President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam hold talks

NAY PYI TAW, 1 Feb-President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar U Thein Sein and President of the Republic of Singapore Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam held talks at West Drawing Room of Istana on 30 January morning.

The Singaporean President extended greetings first. The Myanmar President elaborated on practice of legislative, executive and judicial powers separately in consistence with democratic process in Myanmar, the government’s stride on the right path to democracy despite its democracy experience is in its infancy, continued to say that measures for burgeoning of democracy, peace negotiations with ethnic armed groups to ensure stability of the State, coordination with domestic political organizations including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, preparedness to enable political parties including the NLD run for forthcoming by-elections, progress in political stability of the State and decline in international pressure, increased interests of international investors including ASEAN fellow nations in Myanmar’s economy, standardization of investment laws and procedures agreeable to the ASEAN and international community, formation of leaner investment commission for effective and speedy functioning.

He asked the Singaporean President to urge Singaporean businessmen to invest in Myanmar, saying that it would benefit the both nations as Myanmar had rich natural resources. He also asked Singapore’s help for human resources development of Myanmar.

The Singaporean President expressed his pride and pleasure for democratic endeavours of Myanmar government led by the Myanmar president. He added that he believed the Myanmar government would successfully handle the forthcoming by-elections in peaceful and tranquil environment. He mentioned that the constructive political and economic developments would attract investments and Singaporean investors would make investments in Myanmar, promising to cooperate in economic and human resources development, fundamental for development of Myanmar.

President U Thein Sein and wife attend dinner hosted by Singaporean President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam and wife

NAY PYI TAW, 1 Feb-Myanmar goodwill delegation led by President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar U Thein Sein and wife Daw Khin Khin Win attended a dinner hosted by President of the Republic of Singapore Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam and wife Mary Tan at Istana President’s Residence on 30 January evening.

On arrival at Istana at 7:15 pm, the President and wife were cordially greeted by the Singaporean President and wife. At the reception room, the Singaporean President introduced President U Thein Sein and wife to ministers and high-ranking officials from Singapore and the Myanmar President, to Union Ministers and highranking officials. After that, the Dinner was held at Banquet Hall. During the dinner, Singaporean Military band entertained the guest with songs.

Singaporean President said : Singapore and Myanmar established diplomatic ties back in 1966. Since then, our friendship has grown for strength to strength. Our countries have close and growing links in many areas and our governments enjoy good cooperation. Over the years, our people-topeople interactions have also intensified, with an increasing presence of Myanmar professionals, students and tourists in Singapore.

Visit of Myanmar President marks a new chapter in our bilateral relationship. Our Foreign Ministers signed a MoU on the“Singapore-Myanmar Technological Cooperation Programme.” Since the inception of the Singapore Cooperation Programme in 1992, Singapore has provided technical assistance to over 7500 Myanmar officials in various fields. With this MoU, both countries pledged to assist Myanmar in its capacity building efforts, and to continue supporting Myanmar in its transition to democracy.

As Myanmar integrates with the international community, we hope that our economic cooperation and business-tobusiness links will strengthen. The close cooperation between governments has provided a strong framework for our private sector exchanges to intensify. Singaporean business and companies have invested in Myanmar since the 1990s. Myanmar’s progress in developing its economic infrastructure and legal framework will further encourage investments into the country, he said.

Like many countries in Southeast Asia, Singapore and Myanmar share a commom vision of achieving an ASEAN Community in 2015. Myanmar will assume the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2014.

Singapore will continue to work closely with Myanmar in its ASEAN Chairmanship, and towards advancing our common regional interests for the betterment of our peoples.

I am confident that our relationship will continue to grow in the coming years.

As old friends and neighbours in ASEAN, Singapore wishes Myanmar well. We hope to see Myanmar develope and prosper, and look forward to deepening our ties at all levels.

In his speech, President U Thein Sein said: We were be able to exchange views on various issues, particularly on enhancing our bilateral relations and expanding cooperation in various areas. I was deeply touched by your remarks.

Singapore is encouraged and supportive of the process of democratic transformation in Myanmar.

I believed this is crucial time for us. Therefore, the international community should render its support and encouragement to our effort to meet our objectives because a young democratic nation has emerged on this planet.

On 30th March last year, we have turned a new page in our country in order to create better conditions in Myanmar. As a result for our effort to build a democratic society over last two decades, a government based on democracy has emerged in Myanmar.

Today, a government elected by the people has come into being in Myanmar. The three branches of the State, namely, legislative, administrative and judiciary bodies are functioning in harmony in accord with the constitution.

There have been significant developments in our domestic and foreign relations. We want to give a brighter future for our people; we want our people to take part in the democratic reform process; and we want democracy to thrive in Myanmar, he added.

We all know that democracy has many challenges.

However, since we are on the right track to democracy, we shall overcome these challenges with great care and proceed ahead till we reach our goals. I wish to assure you that I shall endeavour to establish a healthy democracy in Myanmar during my tenure as president with power vested in me by the constitution.-MNA

President U Thein Sein attends breakfast hosted by Singaporean Honourable Senior Minister

NAY PYI TAW, 1 Feb- President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar U Thein Sein attended a breakfast hosted by Honourable Senior Minister of Singapore Mr Goh Chok Tong, at State Room of Valley Wing in Shangrila Hotel in Singapore on 30 January morning.

Present on the occasion together with President U Thein Sein were Union Minister for Foreign Affairs U Wunna Maung Lwin, Union Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Myint Hlaing, Union Minister at President’s Office U Thein Nyunt and Union Minister for Construction U Khin Maung Myint.

Mr Goh Chok Tong was accompanied by Singapore Minister for National Development Mr Khaw Boon Wan and Singaporean Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Robert Chua.-MNA

Myanmar delegation headed by President U Thein Sein, wife arrive Singapore

NAY PYI TAW, 1 Feb-President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar U Thein Sein and wife Daw Khin Khin Win, at the invitation of President of the Republic of Singapore Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, accompanied by delegation members, left here at 9 am on 29 January to pay a goodwill visit to Singapore.

Union Minister for Foreign Affairs U Wunna Maung Lwin and wife Daw Lin Lin Tin, Union Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Myint Hlaing, Union Minister at the President Office U Thein Nyunt, Union Minister for Construction U Khin Maung Myint, Union Minister for Transport U Nyan Tun Aung, Union Minister for
Education Dr Mya Aye, Deputy Health Minister Dr Win Myint, Yangon Mayor Yangon Region Minister for Development Affairs U Hla Myint and departmental heads accompanied the president on his tour.

On arrival at Changi International Airport in Singapore at 1.40 pm local time, the Myanmar delegation was welcomed by Singaporean National Development Minister Mr Khaw Boon Wan and wife, Myanmar Ambassador to Singapore U Tin Oo Lwin and wife, Singaporean Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Robert Chua and wife and Head of Protocol Department of Singapore Mr Lim Cheng Hoe and Myanmar embassy staff and families.

The President, wife and party proceeded to Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore.-MNA

Myanmar President, Singaporean PM hold talks, agree technical cooperation

NAY PYI TAW, 1 Feb-President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar U Thein Sein and Singaporean Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong held a discussion at West Drawing Room of Istana in Singapore on 30 January.

During the discussion, they held cordial talks on granting scholarships to outstanding Myanmar students by Singapore for human resources development of Myanmar. Singapore also agreed to share its experiences by organizing courses and study visits on adoption of policies and laws that contribute to attraction of investments, smooth trading, and development of banking and tourism industries.

After the talks, the President and the Singaporean Prime Minister attended the MoU signing ceremony between the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the Republic of Singapore on technical cooperation.

Before the President and the Prime Minister, Union Foreign Affairs Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin and Singaporean Foreign Affairs and Law Minister Mr K Shanmugam signed the agreement.

The Singaporean Prime Minister hosted a luncheon to the Myanmar President and party at Banquet Hall of the Istana.

Singaporean President extends warm welcome to President U Thein Sein and wife

NAY PYI TAW, 1 Feb- A ceremony to extend a welcome to President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar U Thein Sein and wife Daw Khin Khin Win by President of the Republic of Singapore Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam and wife was held at the Istana Presidential House in Singapore on 30 January morning.

On arrival at the Instana Presidential House, President U Thein Sein and wife were welcomed by the Singaporean President and wife. President U Thein Sein and Singaporean counterpart took the salute of the guard of honour as the state band of Singapore played national anthem of the two countries.

Afterwards, they inspected the guard of honour.

After taking the salute of the guard of honour, President U Thein Sein signed in the visitors book.

Singaporean President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam introduced President U Thein Sein with Singaporean ministers, ambassadors, high-ranking officials who attended the welcoming ceremony.

Similarly, President U Thein Sein introduced Singaporean President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam with members of the goodwill delegation of Myanmar.

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