Myanmar’s reform process advances in April, says presidentSouce:Xinhua Publish By Thomas Whittle Updated 03/05/2013 4:51 am in World / no comments
by Feng Yingqiu
YANGON, May 2 — Myanmar President U Thein Sein made a review over the country’s reform process, especially the progresses made in April, in a radio speech to the nation Thursday.
U Thein Sein said he paid goodwill visits to New Zealand, Australia and European countries in April, aiming at further cementing relations with the international community as well as making cooperation in all sectors needed for the country.
He said he could make coordination with these countries on cooperation in technology, environmental conservation and political, economic and social sectors during his visits.
“To build friendlier relations with the world countries is meant to ensure the betterment of our people, to promote trade and to make them understand Myanmar. Thanks to the huge inflow of foreign investments, our people would enjoy the fruit of advanced technology transfer. We are making strenuous efforts to become international-standard businesses,” he said.
He underscored that during the month, establishment of better relations with world countries was an important milestone, saying on April 22, EU lifted all sanctions against Myanmar except for arms embargo.
He said Myanmar would be soon able to solve the political, economic and social conflicts which are the consequences of international sanctions thereby promoting socio-economic status of the Myanmar people.
On April 29, U Thein Sein attended the summit held in Bangkok of Thailand and delivered a speech as to cooperation with UN ESCAP in regional economic and social affairs and unexpected natural disasters. He also accepted the UN ESCAP honorary prize there.
He maintained that reengagement with international community can help Myanmar rejoin with the global economy, saying it would be beneficial to the development of Myanmar. On the other hand, Myanmar is to make preparations for world economic crisis and its unexpected impacts, he said.
He described his goodwill trip to China as remarkable as he attended the economic forum in Hainan Island.
He noted that his visit is a more memorable one for him because Hainan Island had taken part in Myanmar’s road to independence and was also the place where Myanmar’s thirty comrades learned the arts of war.
“We need to see the fact that we are sharing border with China, the world’s fastest-growing economic power, as a strong point and create opportunities for the development of our country,” he stressed.
Briefing that the Myanmar government has been focusing on economic development, poverty alleviation and improving socioeconomic status, adopting related policies, objectives and projects, U Thein Sein said he would like to inform the people that the government have started electrification and low-cost housing projects out of those projects.
“While our government is striving for better economic performance, we acknowledge that technology and human resources, also known as the human capital, are pivotal for sustainable development,” he said.
Dealing with education reforms, he disclosed that the government has placed a special emphasis on production of all- round youths for state-building. By so doing, the younger generations will become duty-conscious, responsible and accountable leaders and citizens with magnanimity for the motherland, he added.
To ensure national reconciliation, he said the government has granted amnesty for a total of 93 inmates from prisons across the country, making them to reunion with their families.
As April 2013 marked a historic moment in Myanmar with certain success in politics, economy and international relations of the country and it also coincides with time honored New Year Water Festival, U Thein Sein extended his special thanks to all of the country people for he saw a traditional, love-drenched water festival with no discrimination against race or religion and any troubles, best representing the image of a polite Myanmar society.