Myanmar PM to attend first Mekong-Japan summit in Tokyo

November 1, 2009 10:58 pm 

YANGON, Nov. 2 — Myanmar Prime Minister General Thein Sein will soon visit Japan and attend the first Mekong-Japan Summit to be held in the Japanese capital of Tokyo, an official announcement from Nay Pyi Taw said on Monday without specifying the date of his visit and attendance.

Thein Sein's trip to Tokyo is to be made at the invitation of the government of Japan, the announcement said.

Myanmar is a member of the six-country Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS)-Economic Cooperation. The others sharing the Mekong River are China, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

The GMS has designated the year 2009-2010 as GMS tourism year as part of its economic cooperation in the subregion.

In February this year, a Japan-Mekong exchange year was launched in Myanmar's former capital of Yangon to showcase the cooperation and friendship between Japan and Myanmar and the event was marked with joint performance by Japanese and Myanmar artists.

In June this year, Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Kenichiro Sasae visited Myanmar, bringing their bilateral relations closer.

Meanwhile, a 30-member Japanese economic delegation, led by Sumitaka Fujita, Chairman of the Economic Cooperation Committee of the Japan-Myanmar Chambers of Commerce and Industry, will be meeting here Monday with businessmen from the Union of Myanmar Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) to seek ways of promoting trade and investment in the country.

Myanmar and Japan have been cooperating in a number of sectors and Japan traditionally stands as Myanmar's biggest donor country.

Japan's investment in Myanmar has so far amounted to 216.76 million U.S. dollars in 23 projects since 1988, according to official figures.

The bilateral trade between Myanmar and Japan stood at 341.8 million dollars in the 2008-09 fiscal year, of which Myanmar's export to Japan amounted to 179.6 million dollars with Japan ranking the 6th in Myanmar's exporting countries line-up. Myanmar' s import from Japan accounted for 162.2 million dollars. (PNA/Xinhua) LDV/utb

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