09 Jun 2016 PM Lee reaffirms strong people-to-people, parliamentary ties with Myanmar

Parliament Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than and Lower House Speaker Win Myint also expressed appreciation for Singapore’s support in helping to develop the country’s human resources.

Channel NewsAsia by May Wong, Myanmar Correspondent, Posted 08 Jun 2016

NAY PYI TAW: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday (Jun 8) reaffirmed the strong people-to-people and parliamentary ties between Singapore and Myanmar, as he met with Parliament Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than and Lower House Speaker Win Myint.

Mr Mahn Win Khaing Than said he welcomes the upcoming visit of his Singapore counterpart Halimah Yacob. She will be in Myanmar for the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, General Assembly later this year.

The two Myanmar speakers expressed appreciation for Singapore’s support in helping to develop the country’s human resources and in establishing the Singapore-Myanmar Vocational Training Institute in Yangon. Mr Lee will officially open the vocational training institute on Thursday.

The Prime Minister also met with the country’s military chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and ex-President Thein Sein. Mr Lee and Mr Min Aung Hlaing reaffirmed the good relations between the two nations and touched on security matters, regional and international developments.

In Yangon, Mr Lee met with approximately 300 Singaporeans based in Myanmar. Addressing the audience, Mr Lee said he hopes Singaporeans will find new opportunities in a frontier market like Myanmar.

“This is an adventurous place to be,” he said. “It’s opening up, there’s lots of interest. I think not everything is solved yet, so there’s some uncertainty yet to be dealt with, but that’s what it means to be on the frontier. And if we need Singaporeans to be out there on the frontier, finding new opportunities and doing well, and I hope that many of you will succeed in that way.”

The Singapore Prime Minster Mr Lee Hsien Loong has met 300 Singaporean living in Myanmar at a reception in Yangon on 8 Jun 16 The Singapore Prime Minster Mr Lee Hsien Loong has met 300 Singaporean living in Myanmar at a reception in Yangon on 8 Jun 16

The Prime Minister highlighted that from December Singapore and Myanmar citizens will no longer need visas to travel as tourists into each other’s country, which could encourage more human flow between the two nations.

Mr Lee also said he suggested ideas to the Myanmar government to improve the business environment. Examples he brought up include updating the Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement, a potential Bilateral Investment Treaty and having stop-over flights through the city of Yangon to Mandalay in Myanmar.

– CNA/xk

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