REMARKS BY VICE PRESIDENT PENCE AT THE 2018 APEC CEO SUMMIT

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President ___________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release                                                                                  November 17, 2018     REMARKS BY VICE PRESIDENT PENCE AT THE 2018 APEC CEO SUMMIT Pacific Explorer Marquee Theatre Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Thank you, Scott.  And thank you all for that warm welcome.  Prime Minister O’Neill, Chairman Taureka, representatives ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence at the 6th U.S.-ASEAN Summit

Suntec Convention Centre Suntec City, Singapore VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: Your Majesty, your excellencies, it is my honor to join you all here at the 6th Summit between the United States of America and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Last year, President Trump attended this summit to share our nation’s vision of a “free and ...
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Transcript: Remarks by Vice President Pence and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi

Transcript:  Remarks by Vice President Pence and Union Minister of Foreign Affairs and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma Before Bilateral Meeting November 14, 2018 The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore Singapore “VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Well, thank you, Madam State Counselor.  Thank you for reaching out for this meeting.  I’m grateful to have the opportunity ...
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Op-Ed by Vice President Mike Pence: We seek collaboration, not control, in the Indo-Pacific

“We seek an Indo-Pacific — from the United States to India, from Japan to Australia, and everywhere in between — where sovereignty is respected, where commerce flows unhindered and where independent nations are masters of their own destinies. This region, which includes more than half of Earth’s surface and population, has experienced great progress when ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement:  Visit of Deputy Assistant Secretary Richard Albright to Myanmar November 3-10

U.S. Embassy Statement:  Visit of Deputy Assistant Secretary Richard Albright to Myanmar November 3-10 November 9, 2018 U.S. Ambassador Scot Marciel and Deputy Chief of Mission George Sibley accompanied Richard Albright, the U.S. State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration who is responsible for humanitarian assistance programs in Asia, ...
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U.S. EMBASSY AND THE ASIA FOUNDATION HOST BOOK DONATION CEREMONY AT JEFFERSON CENTER MANDALAY

U.S. EMBASSY AND THE ASIA FOUNDATION HOST BOOK DONATION CEREMONY AT JEFFERSON CENTER MANDALAY November 6, 2018 Mandalay, Myanmar — Today the U.S. Embassy and The Asia Foundation donated 10,527 books at a ceremony at Jefferson Center Mandalay to benefit institutions in Upper Myanmar, bringing the total number of books donated by the U.S. Embassy and ...
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U.S. EMBASSY HOSTS SOCCER TRAINING FOR KIDS

U.S. EMBASSY HOSTS SOCCER TRAINING FOR KIDS November 2, 2018 YANGON, MYANMAR – Ambassador Scot Marciel attended the second day of soccer training for children at Kyaikkasan’s Track & Field pitch today. The soccer training is part of a week-long program that promotes gender equality and leadership through sports. More than 100 children aged 7 to 18, ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Drop-Box to Close

Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Drop-Box to Close 2 November 2018 THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN RANGOON IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE AMERICAN LIAISON NETWORK AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN BURMA. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD. Starting November 5, 2018 the ...
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U.S. EMBASSY AND THE ASIA FOUNDATION HOST BOOK DONATION CEREMONY AT AMERICAN CENTER YANGON

U.S. EMBASSY AND THE ASIA FOUNDATION HOST BOOK DONATION CEREMONY AT AMERICAN CENTER YANGON November 1, 2018 Yangon, Myanmar — Today the U.S. Embassy and The Asia Foundation donated 11,428 books at a ceremony at the new American Center Yangon to benefit institutions in Lower Myanmar.  Today’s donations benefit 120 educational institutions in Yangon, Ayeyarwaddy, Bago, ...
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PHOTOJOURNALISTS TRAINED BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SHOWCASE DIVERSITY IN MANDALAY

PHOTOJOURNALISTS TRAINED BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SHOWCASE DIVERSITY IN MANDALAY October 18, 2018 Mandalay, MYANMAR – Twenty-one youth from across Myanmar, representing all seven major ethnic groups, participated in National Geographic Photo Camp Myanmar August 26- 31, 2018 in Mandalay, with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The photo camp is a partnership between the ...
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English for Journalists and Media Professionals

English for Journalists and Media Professionals American Center Yangon November 2018 – May 2019   Call for Applications Deadline:  October 26 The English for Journalists and Media Professionals project provides journalists, editors and other media professionals an opportunity to improve professional English skills in a forum to discuss topics of professional interest. The program will ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma (12 October 2018) Location: Yangon, Burma Event: Two demonstrations in support of the Myanmar military are planned for Sunday, October 14.  Both demonstrations are expected to be peaceful.  Traffic disruptions are expected.  U.S. Embassy staff members are advised to avoid the areas. The first demonstration will take ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder – U.S. Citizen Town Hall in Yangon, October 10, 2018

Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder – U.S. Citizen Town Hall in Yangon, October 10, 2018 20 September 2018  THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN RANGOON IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE AMERICAN LIAISON NETWORK AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN BURMA. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Citizen Town Hall in Yangon

Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Citizen Town Hall in Yangon, October 10, 2018 20 September 2018  THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN RANGOON IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE AMERICAN LIAISON NETWORK AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN BURMA. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD. U.S. ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma

Location: Yangon, Burma Event: A demonstration in support of two convicted Reuters journalists is planned for between 4:00 – 6:00 P.M. on Sunday, September 16 in downtown Yangon at Maha Bandula Park. Though the demonstration is expected to be peaceful, U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid this area during the demonstration. Actions to Take: ...
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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma (07 September 2018) Location: Yangon Event: The Yangon City Development Committee announced intermittent cuts to the water supply for various Yangon-area townships on September 13 and 14, 2018 due to maintenance on the water supply system.  The list of affected townships includes: Bahan, Botahtaung, Dawbon, Hlaing, Hlaing ...
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2019 Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) on U.S. National Security Policymaking

The U.S. Embassy in Yangon is pleased to announce the opportunity to compete for the Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) on US National Security Policymaking program. WHAT: The SUSI for Scholars focuses on the formulation of U.S. foreign and national security policy and the role of the federal government, think-tanks, media, and public opinion in shaping ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Conviction of ‎Reuters Reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo

U.S. Embassy Statement on Conviction of ‎Reuters Reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo September 3, 2018 Today’s conviction of journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo under the Official Secrets Act is deeply troubling for all who support press freedom and the transition toward democracy in Myanmar.  The American people have long stood with ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma (31 August 2018) Location: Yangon, Burma Event: A demonstration and march in support of two Reuters journalists on trial in Yangon will take place tomorrow, September 1st, at 3:00 P.M. in Yangon.  The march will begin at Butaryone Bus Stop, Insein Road, head south on Insein Road ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma (29 August 2018) Location: Yangon – Mandalay Highway, Bago Region, Burma Event: There is flooding on the Yangon – Mandalay highway between mile marker 151/1 and 160, south of Naypyitaw, due to water leakage from the Swa Dam.  This part of the Yangon-Mandalay highway is currently closed. ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma (21 August 2018) Location: Rakhine State, Burma Event: Due to the upcoming anniversary of the August 25, 2017 ARSA attacks and the potential for civil disturbance, official Embassy staff travel is suspended for the remainder of August 2018 for the northern Rakhine State townships of Maungdaw, Rathedaung, ...
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Treasury Sanctions Commanders and Units of the Burmese Security Forces for Serious Human Rights Abuses

Designations Build on International Efforts to Hold Accountable Persons Responsible for Serious Human Rights Abuses in Burma August 17, 2018 WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned four Burmese military and Border Guard Police (BGP) commanders and two Burmese military units for their involvement in ethnic cleansing in ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in 2018 Elections

Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in 2018 Elections 16 August 2018 THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN RANGOON IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE AMERICAN LIAISON NETWORK AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN BURMA. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD. Your Vote Counts!  Did you know ...
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YSEALI Media Literacy Regional Workshop [FY-2019]

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon announces an open competition for a cooperative agreement to develop and implement a six-day workshop (inclusive of arrival and departure days) in Rangoon on Media Literacy for the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), pending the availability of funds. The program will bring together 50 ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder – Meeting with U.S. Embassy Staff in Mandalay Tomorrow

Message for U.S. Citizens:   Reminder – Meeting with U.S. Embassy Staff in Mandalay Tomorrow 6 August 2018 THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN RANGOON IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE AMERICAN LIAISON NETWORK AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN BURMA. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD. ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Calling New Citizen Liaison Volunteers!

Message for U.S. Citizens: Calling New Citizen Liaison Volunteers! 02 August 2018  THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN RANGOON IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE EMBASSY WARDEN SYSTEM AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN BURMA. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD. The U.S. Embassy is recruiting ...
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Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma

Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma (July 25, 2018) Location: Burma Event: The Embassy of the United States of America in Rangoon has updated our travel advisory for Burma.  Changes from our previous travel advisory include updated advice for travelers to Muse, Mogaung, and Hsipaw townships.  The advisory can be found at this link: ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Panglong Conference

U.S. Embassy Statement on the Panglong Conference July 11, 2018   We welcome the opening of the “Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong” today.  We encourage all parties to remain committed to finding common ground through dialogue, and hope that this week’s discussions will lead to meaningful progress toward peace.‎ ### [ Burmese Translation ]  
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DHS Announces Implementation of Visa Sanctions on Burma and Laos

As of July 9, 2018, the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon, Burma has discontinued issuing all B1 and B2 nonimmigrant visas for current officials at the Director General level and above from the Burmese Ministry of Labor, Immigration, and Population (MOLIP), and Home Affairs (MOHA) and all of their children under 21 and spouses, with limited ...
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U.S. EMBASSY STATEMENT ON COURT DECISION TO PROCEED WITH CHARGES AGAINST REUTERS JOURNALISTS

U.S. EMBASSY STATEMENT ON COURT DECISION TO PROCEED WITH CHARGES AGAINST REUTERS JOURNALISTS July 9, 2018 We are deeply disappointed by today’s court decision to proceed with charges against journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo for alleged violation of the Official Secrets Act. ‎The Myanmar authorities should allow the journalists to return to their ...
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REMARKS BY U.S. AMBASSADOR SCOT MARCIEL DURING THE 242nd CELEBRATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY

REMARKS BY U.S. AMBASSADOR SCOT MARCIEL DURING THE 242nd CELEBRATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY June 28, 2018 Minister U Kyaw Tin, Other Ministers, Members of Parliament, Ambassadors and Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Distinguished Guests and Friends, thank you very much for joining us tonight as we celebrate our 242nd birthday ...
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White House National Security Council Senior Director for Asian Affairs Travels to Myanmar June 14-16

White House National Security Council Senior Director for Asian Affairs Travels to Myanmar June 14-16 June 14, 2018 Senior Director for Asian Affairs at the White House National Security Council, Matt Pottinger, is visiting Myanmar June 14-16 to meet with senior government leaders and civil society to discuss and strengthen the bilateral relationship. Mr. Pottinger ...
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Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Embassy Regional Grants Program

Please complete the attached grant application  (Download here) (Microsoft Word 46KB), answering all questions in full. This is the initial announcement of this funding opportunity EAP07272018 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 19.124 Application Deadline: July 27, 2018 A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The U.S. Department of State Bureau of East Asia Pacific Affairs (EAP) announces an open competition ...
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Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma

Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma (June 6, 2018) Location: Burma Event: The Embassy of the United States of America in Yangon has updated our travel advisory for Burma. The advisory can be found at this link: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Burma.html , and is also copied below for your convenience: Burma — Travel Advisory — Level 1 Exercise ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Signing of the Tripartite MOU

U.S. Embassy Statement on Signing of the Tripartite MOU June 6, 2018 We welcome the signing today of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Myanmar, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).  We hope implementation of the MOU will help create the conditions for the voluntary, ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma (May 30, 2018) Location: Myitkyina City, Kachin State, Burma Events: The Embassy of the United States of America in Yangon has rescinded its recommendation that Embassy staff temporarily postpone all non-essential travel to Myitkyina City, Kachin State. This decision was made due to relative calm in Myitkyina ...
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Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma

Location: Rakhine State, Ayeyarwady Division, and Yangon Division, Burma Events: A tropical depression has formed in the Bay of Bengal and is moving towards Rakhine State. The most recent Joint Typhoon Warning Center update stated that “the potential for the development of a significant tropical cyclone within the next 24 hours is upgraded to high.” ...
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U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green’s Press Gaggle in the Thet Kae Pyin Camp

UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Office of Press Relations For Immediate Release May 21, 2018   REMARKS   U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green’s Press Gaggle in the Thet Kae Pyin Camp   Thet Kae Pyin Camp Sittwe, Burma May 20, 2018     QUESTION: What did you see up in northern ...
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Readout on USAID Administrator Mark Green’s visit to Rakhine State

UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Office of Press Relations For Immediate Release May 21, 2018 READOUT USAID ADMINISTRATOR MARK GREEN ‘S VISIT TO RAKHINE STATE IN BURMA The following is attributable to Spokesperson Clayton M. McCleskey: This weekend, USAID Administrator Mark Green visited Rakhine State in Burma, where he saw first-hand the alarming reality ...
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USAID Administrator Mark Green’s Remarks Following His Meeting with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Office of Press Relations For Immediate Release May 18, 2018 REMARKS U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green’s Remarks Following His Meeting with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi Ministry of Foreign Affairs Naypyidaw, Burma May 18, 2018 ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: We had the chance to talk about ...
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Readout on Meeting between USAID Administrator Mark Green and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Office of Press Relations For Immediate Release May 18, 2018 READOUT USAID ADMINISTRATOR MARK GREEN MEETING’S WITH HER EXCELLENCY DAW AUNG SAN SUU KYI, STATE COUNSELLOR AND UNION MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF BURMA The following is attributable to Spokesperson Clayton M. McCleskey: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) ...
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USAID Administrator Mark Green’s Remarks at Myanmar CSO Forum

UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Office of Press Relations For Immediate Release May 19, 2018 REMARKS U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green’s Remarks at Myanmar Civil Society Summit Lotte Hotel Rangoon, Burma May 19, 2018 ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Good morning, everyone. It’s good to be here with all of you. Thank you, Teresa, ...
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USAID Myanmar Country Profile

Myanmar has embarked on a long and challenging process of democratic and economic reforms.  While the peaceful transition to a civilian-led government in 2016 was a milestone in Myanmar’s long struggle for democracy, significant challenges remain, particularly following the 2017 violence in Rakhine State.  The United States is committed to improving the welfare and well-being ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma

Location: Myitkyina City, Kachin State, Burma Events: On May 15, 2018 at approximately 11:30 P.M., two explosions occurred along the Myitkyina – Mandalay railway line outside the Namtee railway station.  The explosions caused a train carrying soldiers to derail.  There were no reported casualties. Also, the Myanmar military has recently established temporary checkpoints on airport roads ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Security Situation in Muse Township

  U.S. Embassy Statement on Security Situation in Muse Township May 14, 2018 We are deeply concerned by the casualties caused by recent clashes between the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), Government security forces, and militias in Muse Township in Northern Shan State, and express our heartfelt sympathy to the families of those killed and ...
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Statement on Presidential Pardon

The U.S. Embassy appreciates the decision of President U Win Myint and the Government of Myanmar to release political prisoners as part of the broader amnesty announced on April 17. ### ဧျပီ ၁၇ ရက္တြင္ ထုတ္ျပန္လိုက္သည့္ လြတ္ျငိမ္းသက္သာခြင့္တြင္ ႏိုင္ငံေရးအက်ဥ္းသားမ်ားပါ ပါဝင္သည့္အတြက္ အေမရိကန္သံရံုးက သမၼတဦးဝင္းျမင့္ႏွင့္ ျမန္မာအစိုးရတို႔ကို ေက်းဇူးတင္ပါသည္။ ###
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MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP TO BURMESE PRESIDENT U WIN MYINT

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP TO BURMESE PRESIDENT U WIN MYINT   Dear President U Win Myint: On behalf of the people of the United States of America, I send my congratulations to you and the people of Myanmar as you celebrate your inauguration as President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. As a ...
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STATEMENT ON CONTINUED DETENTION OF REUTERS JOURNALISTS

  U.S. EMBASSY STATEMENT ON CONTINUED DETENTION OF REUTERS JOURNALISTS   We are deeply disappointed that Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo remain in detention today. They have been jailed for doing their jobs as journalists. While the conviction announced yesterday of the soldiers responsible for the Inn Din massacre was an encouraging ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma (11 April 2018) Location: Burma, whole country Event: Burma will celebrate Thingyan, the largest festival of the year, from April 13-17, 2018.  Festive gatherings during Thingyan can lead to increased incidents of drunk driving, increased crime, and unexpected violence.  Urban traffic will be more congested than normal.  ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma (10 April 2018) Location: Tanai and Hpakant Townships, Kachin State Event: The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has issued a public notice warning residents in these townships that it intends to launch a widespread offensive against the Myanmar Army.  Violence between the KIA and the Myanmar Army has ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Importance of Registering Place of Residence with Burmese Government

Message for U.S. Citizens: Importance of Registering Place of Residence with Burmese Government 09 April 2018  THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN RANGOON IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE EMBASSY WARDEN SYSTEM AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN BURMA. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD. The ...
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Peace Corps Triples Number of Volunteers Serving in Myanmar

Peace Corps Triples Number of Volunteers Serving in Myanmar Yangon, Myanmar April 6, 2018 – The U.S. Peace Corps is tripling the number of Peace Corps Volunteers who will serve communities in Myanmar. Today, 31 new Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn in at a ceremony at Karaweik Palace at Kandawgyi Lake. The Volunteers will serve ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy Rangoon Federal Voting Assistance Program

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Embassy Rangoon Federal Voting Assistance Program April 2, 2018 THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN RANGOON IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE EMBASSY WARDEN SYSTEM AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN BURMA. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD. The 2018 election season is ...
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Supporting Tolerance and Peace Advocacy at the Community Level [Statement of Interest]

Embassy Yangon announces an open competition for organizations to submit a Statement of Interest for Notice of Funding Opportunity (SOI/NOFO) for local civil society activities supporting peace and national reconciliation by increasing participation of civil society and women in the peace process and national political dialogue.  Supporting Tolerance and Peace Advocacy at the Community Level ...
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U.S. Embassy Honors Women of Change in Myanmar

For Immediate Release Yangon, Myanmar – Ambassador Scot Marciel congratulated three recipients of the annual U.S. Embassy Women of Change Award today.  This award recognizes women whose work advances the rights of all people in Myanmar and demonstrates the U.S. commitment to the role of women in public life in this country. “The United States ...
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Press Release on the Opening of New American Center Yangon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 21, 2018 New American Center Yangon Opens to Deepen U.S.-Myanmar Ties Yangon, Myanmar – Seventy years after the U.S. Information Service Library first opened in a former British bank building downtown, a newly-built American Center Yangon opened its doors today at the corner of Inya Road and University Avenue. The new ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Follow us – @ACSRangoon on Twitter [March 12, 2018]

THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN RANGOON IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE EMBASSY WARDEN SYSTEM AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN BURMA. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD. We are very excited to announce the launch of our new Twitter account,  @ACSRangoon .  We have been ...
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STATEMENT ON THE DIPLOMATIC VISITS TO RAKHINE STATE IN FEBRUARY 2018

STATEMENT ON THE DIPLOMATIC VISITS TO RAKHINE STATE IN FEBRUARY 2018 February 19, 2018 – Yangon, Myanmar We thank the Government of Myanmar for arranging the recent diplomatic visits to Rakhine State.  We appreciated the opportunity to interact with local communities and government officials, even under those constrained circumstances, and to see for ourselves the ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on NCA Signing

February 13, 2018 PRESS RELEASE U.S. Embassy Statement on NCA Signing We welcome the signing today by two additional ethnic armed groups, the New Mon State Party and the Lahu Democratic Union, of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement.  We recognize that this is but one of the many steps on a long road to sustainable peace.  ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Continued Detention of Reuters Journalists

42 days ago Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested for doing their jobs as investigative journalists.  We are disappointed that – at a minimum – they have still not been granted bail.  Their arrests were highly irregular and have hurt press freedom in Myanmar.  We call again for their release so they can be ...
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Statement on the ARSA Attack on Myanmar Security Forces in Rakhine State

January 8, 2018 We condemn ARSA’s January 5 attack on Myanmar security forces in northern Rakhine State, and we express condolences to the injured and their families.  This act of violence only serves to further undermine peace and security in northern Rakhine State and the region.  We continue to urge all parties to ensure their rhetoric and their actions ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

Message for U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information 05 January 2018  THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN RANGOON IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE EMBASSY WARDEN SYSTEM AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN BURMA. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD. On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, ...
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Message from the President on Myanmar’s Independence Day

Dear Mr. President: The American people send their congratulations and best wishes to the people of Myanmar as they celebrate your country’s independence on January 4. The democratic values the people of Myanmar endorsed in the 2015 election remain crucial to the long-term success, stability, and prosperity of your nation.  The United States will remain a ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Now in Effect – New Policy for Personal Electronic Device Access to Embassy

Message for U.S. Citizens: Now in Effect – New Policy for Personal Electronic Device Access to Embassy 03 January 2018  THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN RANGOON IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE EMBASSY WARDEN SYSTEM AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN BURMA. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Arrests of Two Reuters Reporters

We are deeply concerned by the highly irregular arrests of two Reuters reporters after they were invited to meet with police officials in Yangon last night.  For a democracy to succeed, journalists need to be able to do their jobs freely.  We urge the government to explain these arrests and allow immediate access to the ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: New Policy for Personal Electronic Device Access to Embassy

Message for U.S. Citizens: New Policy for Personal Electronic Device Access to Embassy 13 December 2017  THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN RANGOON IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE EMBASSY WARDEN SYSTEM AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN BURMA. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD. Starting on ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution

Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution 07 December 2017  THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN RANGOON IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE EMBASSY WARDEN SYSTEM AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN BURMA. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD. On December 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of State ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Temporary Suspension of U.S. Government Travel to Sittwe and Northern Rakhine

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Sentencing of Kachin Baptist Leaders

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Accountability for Human Rights Abuses in Rakhine State, Burma

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Statement on State Counselor’s Remarks

Statement on State Counselor’s Remarks October 13, 2017 The U.S. Embassy welcomes State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s remarks and her commitment to repatriate refugees who have fled from Myanmar, prioritize humanitarian assistance to all who need it, and work inclusively with many stakeholders to address the issues in Rakhine State. It is a fact ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Alabama Special General Election

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: 9/11 Anniversary Security Advisory September 8, 2017   On Monday, we will observe the 16th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. This anniversary should serve as a sobering reminder of the continued threat we face from terrorism. While the Embassy does not have any specific information about potential ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Violent Attacks in Northern Rakhine

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U.S. Embassy Statement Condemning Attacks in Northern Rakhine State

August 25, 2017 We condemn the attacks that took place overnight against the security forces, and we offer condolences to victims and their families. We recognize the government and security forces have the responsibility to act to apprehend the perpetrators and prevent further violence, and we urge them to do so in a way that ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Release of the Final Report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State

August 25, 2017 The U.S. Embassy welcomes the release of the Final Report by the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State on August 24.  We commend the government’s commitment to evaluate the Commission’s recommendations with a view toward implementing them to the fullest extent. We look forward to continuing to support the government’s efforts to address the ...
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For Immediate Release August 22, 2017 Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar – Ambassador Scot Marciel and Acting Police Chief Police Brigadier General Aung Win Oo signed an agreement on providing law enforcement, counternarcotics and rule of law assistance to the Government of Myanmar.  This agreement furthers the U.S.-Myanmar Partnership, and shows the U.S. commitment to working together ...
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May 24, 2017 Yangon, Myanmar — Peace Corps strengthens its commitment of service to the people of Myanmar with the swearing-in ceremony of a new group of 15 Peace Corps Volunteers in Yangon on May 26, 2017. This is the second group of Volunteers to serve in Myanmar. The Volunteers have successfully completed a ten-week pre-service training ...
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Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC April 12, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, best wishes to the people of Myanmar as you gather with your families and friends to celebrate Thingyan. Thingyan is an appropriate time to reflect on the momentous changes Myanmar has ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Burmese Water Festival (Thingyan)

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Security Message: By-elections April 01, 2017

United States Embassy Rangoon, Burma Security Message:  By-elections April 01, 2017  The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens of the upcoming by-elections scheduled for April 1, 2017 in certain districts in Yangon and Bago divisions, and in Chin, Mon, Rakhine, Sagaing, Shan, and Kayah states.  Although there have been no specific incidents of violence targeting U.S. ...
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New Group of U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers Coming to Myanmar

For Immediate Release March 15, 2017 This week marks an exciting moment of transition in the United States’ partnership with the Myanmar people, as the first group of American Peace Corps Volunteers English teachers in Myanmar completes their service and the second group of Volunteers arrives. On Tuesday, March 14, the first group of six Peace ...
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Security Message for U.S citizens: Worldwide Caution, March 03, 2017

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2017 Trade Policy Agenda and 2016 Annual Report

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Good morning, everyone. Mr. Chairman, thank you so much for the kind introduction, which mostly made me realize that I’ve been doing this kind of work for far too long. But it’s very kind of you to do it, especially after you just came back from a major surgery. Thank you to all of you ...
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Just voted in November? Still traveling or living overseas? You should register and request your absentee ballot to vote again in 2017 to ensure your election office knows where to send your ballot for any upcoming special elections for federal office. Some states are also holding gubernatorial or other statewide elections this year. The Federal Voting Assistance ...
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U.S. Government Announces New Increase in Support to World Food Programme (WFP) to Help Vulnerable Communities in Kachin, Rakhine and Shan

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Achievements in U.S.-Myanmar Agriculture Collaboration

January 13, 2017 Yangon, Myanmar – To ring in the New Year, U.S. Ambassador Marciel welcomed partners from the Myanmar and United States agricultural sectors to his home on January 12 to recognize the achievements attained through bilateral engagements between the two countries. More than 50 representatives from the Myanmar government and business sector, including ...
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Statement on Fighting in Northern Myanmar

The U.S. Embassy is deeply concerned by the escalating violence in Kachin and Shan State and reports of abuses against civilians. We continue to call for restraint from all sides and urge immediate, unfettered humanitarian access to all those affected by conflict throughout the country.  Continued conflict undermines the trust necessary to achieve a durable ...
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Joint Statement on Humanitarian Access to northern part of Rakhine State

Statement by the Diplomatic Missions of Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United States on Humanitarian Access to northern part of Rakhine State   December 9, 2016 As friends of Myanmar, we are deeply concerned by the humanitarian situation in northern part of Rakhine State.  ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Small Explosions

United States Embassy Rangoon, Burma Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Small Explosions  November 21, 2016 While there are no known specific threats against U.S. citizens in Burma, the Embassy advises that there have been small explosions at retail commercial centers in Rangoon.  On November 17, there were two small explosions at the Ocean Supercenter in ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: European Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.  U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals, events, and outdoor markets.  This Travel Alert expires on February 20, 2017. Credible information indicates the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Da’esh), ...
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Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation 2017 – AFCP 2017 Small Grants Competition

Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation 2017 AFCP 2017 Small Grants Competition  Information for Applicants (Deadline for submitting full proposals submission: Friday, December 16, 2016)   The U.S. Embassy Yangon and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce the 2017 call for proposals for the Ambassador’s ...
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Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP-2017) – Calling for Project Proposals – Large Grants Program

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First U.S. – Myanmar Partnership Meeting Held

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2nd Stakeholders Forum on Labour Law Reform and Institutional Capacity Building [Joint Statement]

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Presidential Proclamation to the Congress — Restoring Burma’s Trade Benefits Under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)

TO MODIFY DUTY-FREE TREATMENT UNDER THE GENERALIZED SYSTEM OF PREFERENCES – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION 1. Section 502 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (the “1974 Act”) (19 U.S.C. 2462), authorizes the President to designate countries as beneficiary developing countries, ...
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Presidential Message to the Congress — Restoring Burma’s Trade Benefits Under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 14, 2016 Presidential Message to the Congress — Restoring Burma’s Trade Benefits Under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)   TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: I am writing to inform you of my intent to end the suspension of preferential treatment ...
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Remarks by President Obama and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma

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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting With Burma State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

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Terminating the National Emergency for Burma

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U.S.-Burma Relations

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Message for U.S. Citizens -Worldwide Caution

1.  As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about relevant events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world.  Current information suggests that terrorist groups continue to plan attacks ...
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FACT SHEET: U.S. Efforts to Address Trafficking in Persons and Irregular Migration in East Asia and the Pacific

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FACT SHEET: U.S.-ASEAN Connect

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Opening Ceremony of Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong

August 31, 2016  U.S. Embassy Statement on Opening Ceremony of Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong   The United States welcomes the opening ceremony on August 31of the “Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong” and commends all participants for their willingness to engage in an inclusive dialogue for national reconciliation and unity.  This ...
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U.S. Embassy Launches New Program to Defeat Malaria

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar – On Thursday, August 25, USAID announced the award of the new Defeat Malaria program. This five-year, $32 million program for Myanmar is made possible under the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). Defeat Malaria and U.S. support and technical assistance under PMI shows the U.S. government’s continued commitment to the fight against malaria. This ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens – IRS Webinar “Protect your Clients and Yourself from Data Theft”

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will host a webinar on “Protect your clients and yourself from data theft” on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EDT (Wednesday, August 17 11:30pm to Thursday, August 18, 1am, Burma time). To register and attend this webinar, use the Protect your clients and yourself from data theft webinar link. Participants should log in ...
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U.S. Department of Agriculture Expands Presence and Engagement in Myanmar

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Remarks by the President After Counter-ISIL Meeting

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Hurricane and Typhoon Season 2016 Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane and Typhoon Seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane and Typhoon Season lasts through November 2016, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those in hurricane- ...
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Videography Oral History Project

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy is seeking qualified applicants to carry out a videography oral history project for the American Center Rangoon between September and November of 2016.  In anticipation of moving to a new American Center in 2017, PAS aims to capture the history and stories from current and former ...
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Joint Press Availability With Burmese Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Press Availability John Kerry Secretary of State Ministry of Foreign Affairs Naypyitaw, Burma May 22, 2016 MODERATOR: (Inaudible.) We will commence this press briefing with a brief statement by the Minister for (inaudible) of Myanmar, to be followed by the Secretary of State of the United States of America, and then the minister will take ...
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Treasury Amends Burmese Sanctions Regulations, Identifies Blocked Companies Owned By Designated Persons, And Delists Several Burmese SOEs

Treasury Amends Burmese Sanctions Regulations, Identifies Blocked Companies Owned By Designated Persons, And Delists Several Burmese State-Owned Entities   5/17/2016 Regulatory Amendments Support Burma’s Political Reforms and Economic Growth; Designations and Delistings Provide Information to Facilitate Sanctions Compliance and Support Broader U.S. Foreign Policy Goals WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Travel to Saudi Arabia, Austria, Belgium, Burma, and Vietnam

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC May 13, 2016   U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Saudi Arabia, Austria, Belgium, Burma, and Vietnam from May 14 to May 26. On May 15-16, the Secretary will travel to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for meetings with Saudi government ...
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REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) – Acquisition & Assistance Support Services

The United States Agency for International Development in Burma (USAID/Burma) is seeking proposals from qualified companies/individuals to provide Acquisition & Assistance Support for USAID/Burma as described in section C, Description/Specification/Statement of Work. Proposals must be submitted by the designated date and time indicated above. Proposals received after the closing date and time will not be ...
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Thingyan and New Year

  Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC April 11, 2016 On behalf of President Obama and the American people, please accept my warmest wishes and regards on the occasion of Thingyan and the New Year. Thingyan is a time to celebrate the opportunities a new year brings. In the new year and ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma

President Obama spoke by phone today with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to offer his congratulations on Burma’s historic democratic transfer of power to a civilian-led government.  The President commended Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s determined efforts, over the course of many years and at great personal cost, to achieve a peaceful transfer of power ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President U Htin Kyaw of Burma

President Obama spoke by phone today with President U Htin Kyaw to offer congratulations on his inauguration as Burma’s President.  The President welcomed the historic step forward of a democratic transfer of power to a civilian-led government that reflects the will of the people.  The President underscored the commitment of the United States to support ...
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Security Message to U.S. Citizens – Travel Alert (November 23, 2015)

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Security Message to U.S. Citizens – Travel Alert (November 8, 2015)

Message for U.S. Citizens Travel Alert: Elections November 08, 2015 The State Department alerts U.S. citizens traveling to Burma of the upcoming elections scheduled for November 08, 2015.  U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution and remain abreast of the security situation prior to, during, and after the election.  Travelers should be aware that they ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Worldwide Caution (March 03, 2016)

Message for U.S. Citizens WORLDWIDE CAUTION March 03, 2016 The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Current information suggests that ISIL, al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks ...
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Security Message to U.S. Citizens – Burmese Water Festival (Thingyan)

The U.S. Embassy in Rangoon alerts U.S. citizens residing in, or traveling to Burma that the Water Festival in Burma, also known as Thingyan, will take place the week of April 11, 2016.  In the past, festive gatherings during Thingyan have led to increases in incidents of drunk driving, occasional criminal behavior, and unexpected violence, ...
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Statement by the President on Burma’s Inauguration of President U Htin Kyaw

I congratulate U Htin Kyaw on his inauguration today as president of Burma, and look forward to working with him and the new government. U Htin Kyaw’s inauguration represents a historic milestone in the country’s transition to a democratically elected, civilian-led government. This extraordinary moment in Burma’s history is a testament to its people, institutions, ...
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Ambassador Mitchell’s Speech at MISIS

Thank you very much, as stated I was last here in 2014 in another building and it’s very, very good to be back.  I do want to thank MISIS for having me back, especially MISIS Chairman Ambassador U Nyunt Maung Shein, as well as esteemed MISIS members Dr. Daw Kyi Kyi Hla, Daw Carole Ann ...
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U.S. Embassy’s Statement on Ongoing Clashes in Shan State

The U.S. Embassy is deeply concerned about ongoing clashes in Shan State involving the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), and the military. We are particularly concerned by alleged human rights violations targeting ethnic Shan and Palaung communities. Civilian protection as well as unhindered access for all humanitarian organizations ...
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Joint Statement of the U.S.-ASEAN Special Leaders’ Summit: Sunnylands Declaration

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FACT SHEET: Unprecedented U.S.-ASEAN Relations

For Immediate Release February 12, 2016 FACT SHEET: Unprecedented U.S.-ASEAN Relations   Engagement with Southeast Asia, a strategically important, economically dynamic region at the heart of the Asia-Pacific, is a central pillar of the U.S. Rebalance to Asia.  Sitting astride some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is strategically ...
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Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken to Travel to Japan, Burma, the Republic of Korea, and China

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel later this week to Tokyo, Naypyitaw, Seoul, and Beijing to consult with U.S. allies in the region; see first-hand progress in Burma’s post-election democratic transition; conduct the interim Strategic Security Dialogue with the Chinese government; and discuss a range of other regional and global issues. Read More
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Fact Sheet: U.S.-ASEAN Relations

Today, President Obama led the U.S. delegation to the U.S.–ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have been partners for nearly 40 years, working together on shared goals of stability, prosperity, and peace in Southeast Asia. Read More
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Fact Sheet: US-ASEAN Economic Engagement

ASEAN is a significant trade and investment partner for the United States.  Collectively, the 10 countries of ASEAN represent the United States’ fourth-largest goods trading partner, ahead of Japan, with $216 billion in two-way goods trade in 2014.  In 2014, U.S. goods exports to ASEAN were $79 billion, making ASEAN the United States’ fourth largest ...
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Fact Sheet: The President’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

As part of the  Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) , President Obama will meet today with 500 emerging leaders from the ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries.  The meeting will take place at the three-day YSEALI Summit, the largest ever gathering of alumni from the United States’ initiative to strengthen youth leadership development across ASEAN. Read More
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Remarks by the President in YSEALI Town Hall

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Hello, everybody!  Everybody have a seat.  Thank you so much.  Well, good afternoon.  This is a very good-looking group. I want to thank Carrie for the introduction and your outstanding work to empower women in Singapore.  Give Carrie a big round of applause.  It is wonderful to be back in Malaysia.  I want ...
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The Director of Policy Planning, David McKean, will travel to India, November 17–18. In New Delhi, he will hold the first U.S.-India Policy Planning talks with the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. These talks were established at the 2015 U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue as part of a New Diplomacy Partnership between the United States ...
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FACT SHEET: Advancing the Rebalance to Asia and the Pacific

President Obama’s ninth trip to Asia and the Pacific in November 2015 reflects the growing importance of the region to U.S. national interests and the Administration’s commitment to advancing our broader regional strategy, known as the Rebalance.  With nearly half of the earth’s population, one-third of global GDP, and some of the world’s most capable ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President Thein Sein [Burmese Translation]

President Obama spoke last night by phone with President Thein Sein to offer his congratulations to the people of Burma for their participation in the historic parliamentary election on November 8, 2015.  The President commended the efforts of the Union Election Commission and others in the government for their work with political parties, civil society, ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens – Travel Alert

Message for U.S. Citizens Travel Alert: Elections November 08, 2015 The State Department alerts U.S. citizens traveling to Burma of the upcoming elections scheduled for November 08, 2015.  U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution and remain abreast of the security situation prior to, during, and after the election.  Travelers should be aware that they ...
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Statement on Parliamentary Elections in Burma

With today’s elections, the people of Burma marked an important event in their path to democracy, one that has seen many ups, downs and false starts over the years, and I congratulate them for taking this step toward a peaceful and inclusive future. Following a competitive campaign period, millions of people from a wide range ...
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Statement by the Diplomatic Missions

Statement by the Diplomatic Missions of Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Korea, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the United Nations on Myanmar’s Elections As Myanmar approaches historic elections on Sunday, the diplomatic missions of Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, New Zealand, the Netherlands, ...
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On October 14, 2015, Secretary Kerry submitted the 2014 International Religious Freedom Report to the United States Congress. Now in its 17th year, this congressionally-mandated Report comprises almost 200 distinct reports on countries and territories worldwide and continues to reflect the United States’ commitment to, and advancement of, the right of every person to freedom ...
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Do you know about the United States Diversity Visa Program? Online registration for the 2017 Diversity Visa Lottery is open October 1 through November 3, 2015. The U.S. Embassy’s Consular section will host free public information sessions about the Diversity Visa program at the Judson Center and the American Center in Yangon. The presentations will ...
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Security Message to U.S. Citizens – Town Hall Meeting for U.S. Citizens

Message for U.S. Citizens Town Hall Meeting for U.S. Citizens Wednesday, October 07, 2015, 5:30-7:00pm Jefferson Center, Mandalay All U.S. citizens living in or around Mandalay are welcome to attend a Town Hall Meeting at the Jefferson Center in Mandalay on Wednesday, October 07, 2015, from 5:30pm to 7:00 p.m.  Deputy Chief of Mission, Ms. ...
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Assistant Secretary Daniel Russel’s Statement Before the House Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs Washingt

Chairman Salmon, Ranking Member Sherman, and distinguished Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to testify on the important issues of democracy, the protection of human rights, and forging sustainable peace in Burma. I would also like to thank the Committee for its leadership in supporting and promoting ...
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Concerns About Burma’s Candidate Disqualifications

The United States is concerned about the disqualification of approximately 100 candidates for Burma’s upcoming general election, with over half of the cases rejected based on questions of citizenship. We are aware of reports that almost all Muslim candidates have been disqualified — including some current members of parliament — yet the relevant authorities have yet ...
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Joint Statement on Elections

The quality of the parliamentary election on 8 November will be a critical marker in Myanmar’s transition to democracy. For that reason, we are supporting efforts to promote a credible, transparent, and inclusive election, underpinned by healthy competition that ensures freedom of expression and respect for human rights. Read More
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2015 Presidential Determination for Major Drug Producing and Transit Countries

Under the Foreign Relations Authorization Act (FRAA), the President is required each year to notify Congress of those countries he determines to be major illicit drug producing countries or major drug-transit countries that “significantly affect the United States.”  This year’s list consists of 22 countries: Afghanistan, the Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Burma, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican ...
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Presidential Determination – Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2016

Pursuant to section 706(1) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003 (Public Law 107-228) (FRAA), I hereby identify the following countries as major drug transit and/or major illicit drug producing countries:  Afghanistan, The Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Burma, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, ...
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The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce an award of $125,000 to World Monuments Fund (WMF) to restore the historic First Baptist Church in Mawlamyine, Mon State, through the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation. The First Baptist Church in Mawlamyine was constructed in 1827 by Adoniram Judson, an American missionary who spent nearly 40 years ...
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Security Message to U.S. Citizens – Town Hall Meeting for U.S. Citizen

Message for U.S. Citizens Town Hall Meeting for U.S. Citizens Thursday, September 10th, 2015, 5:30-7:30pm U.S. Embassy Rangoon All U.S. citizens living in Burma are welcome to attend a Town Hall Meeting at the U.S. Embassy on Thursday, September 10, 2015, from 5:30pm to 7:30 p.m.  Ambassador Derek Mitchell will present an overview of recent ...
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STATE/INL Burma Program Public Fact Sheet

From 1962 to 2011, Burma was ruled by a military-led government that isolated the country from the rest of the world. Burma’s economy is extremely under-developed, its civilian institutions are weak, and the criminal justice system is broken. Burma’s population has suffered from decades of severe poverty, discrimination, and a lack of access to government ...
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U.S. Government Announces New Increase in Support to World Food Program (WFP) to Help Flood Victims[Burmese]

The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Food for Peace today approved a new contribution of $3 million to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) to assist people impacted by devastating floods and heavy rains in Myanmar. Over three thousand, three hundred metric tons of locally procured rice, pulses and salt, ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on 8888 Anniversary

Today marks the 27th anniversary of a tragic day in the modern history of this country, a day of bloodshed and sacrifice that ushered in a new era of division. As landmark elections approach, and as people of all ethnicities, races and religions unite in common cause to provide emergency relief to those affected by ...
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U.S. Embassy Flood Assistance Statement

Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the flooding and heavy rains in Myanmar. The U.S. Government will provide $600,000 for immediate response through USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). We have a team on the ground working with local officials and our existing partners to meet the urgent needs of those ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Recent Flooding

As flooding continues to affect hundreds of thousands of people across Myanmar, our thoughts are with all the families and communities suffering from the disaster. The U.S. Embassy is coordinating with humanitarian partners to assess the damage and encourage a quick response for all those in need of assistance. We encourage people who want to ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Intensifying Military Action

The U.S. Embassy is deeply concerned by reports of intensifying military action in Kachin State and northern Shan State. Continued fighting needlessly puts the lives of vulnerable communities at risk and undermines the trust that will be essential to achieving a nationwide ceasefire agreement. We call on authorities to prioritize the needs of those displaced ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Article 18 Arrests

The United States is concerned over continued reports of arrests and excessive prison terms handed down to peaceful protesters under Article 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Processions Act. Upholding an individual’s ability to exercise his or her basic rights of peaceful expression and assembly is central to any democracy, and fundamental to the on-going ...
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U.S. Embassy Election Announcement Statement

The United States welcomes the Union Election Commission’s (UEC) announcement that general elections will be held on November 8. The United States remains committed to supporting the holding of credible, transparent, and inclusive elections that reflect the will of the Myanmar people and that are held on time as scheduled, as an important marker in ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Recent Flooding

The U.S. Embassy is deeply saddened by reports of the loss of life and property due to recent flooding in Sagaing and throughout Myanmar. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and commend the efforts to date to provide aid and ensure rapid humanitarian access to assess the damage and meet ...
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2015 U.S. Independence Day Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Derek Mitchell at the Embassy Mission Residence, Rangoon

Mr. Vice President, Madam, Venerable Ashins, excellencies, distinguished guests, friends, ladies and gentlemen. Alone Mingalaba kh’mya! Welcome to you all. Thank you so much for braving the rain and the traffic to join my wife Min and me, as well as my colleagues from the U.S. Embassy, in celebrating the 239th birthday of the United ...
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Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Alone Mingalaba kh’mya! Welcome to you all. Thank you so much for joining my wife Min, and me, and my colleagues from the Jefferson Center and U.S. Embassy, to celebrate the 239th birthday of the United States of America. Thank you to Ko Saw Kyin Sein, the Jefferson Center and ...
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Ambassador Mitchell’s Remarks at the Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival Closing Ceremony

Ladies and gentlemen, diplomatic colleagues, friends. Alo-mingalaba-kha-mya.  I’m honored to be here once again at this Human Rights Human Dignity Film Festival, and to be asked to say a few words in support.  The U.S. Embassy, and specifically USAID, is proud to continue to be one of the sponsors of this event.  ...
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The Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life and promotes accessibility to jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The ADA was the world’s first comprehensive law guaranteeing equal rights ...
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Ten Things You Should Know About ForeignAssistance.gov

Transparency – ForeignAssistance.gov is the United States Government’s main tool for improving transparency in U.S. foreign assistance spending. Transparency supports the accountability, effectiveness, and improved coordination of our foreign aid programs and enables the public to better understand U.S. foreign assistance investments around the world. Read More
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Assistant Secretary Anne Richard’s Teleconference on U.S. Refugee and Migration Policy and Programs in Southeast Asia

MODERATOR: We’re all here in Indonesia and overseas. As you know we have journalists on the call from KL and actually from around the world. The format will be as follows; we’ll start out with the Assistant Secretary who will deliver short remarks and then we’ll go to Mr. Tom Vargas from UNHCR for short ...
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Visit of Deputy U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken

Yangon – During his May 21-22 visit to Naypyitaw and Yangon, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken emphasized the importance of continued political, economic, and social reforms to ensure sustained democratic change in Myanmar in his meetings with government, ethnic and civil society group leaders, political party representatives, and youth leaders. Deputy Secretary ...
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Security Message to U.S. Citizens – Taxis Incidents

Security Message to U.S. Citizens May 21, 2015 Incidents Involving Taxis Recently, the Embassy has been alerted by taxi riders that there have been reports of male taxi drivers committing crimes against female passengers. These crimes have ranged from indecent exposure to attempted sexual assaults.  In light of these incidents, U.S. Embassy Rangoon would like ...
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U.S. Department of State Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken’s remarks on Civil Society, Youth Leadership and Democracy in Southeast Asia

All right, good afternoon. It is wonderful to be here at @america with all of you, and I want to start by thanking our Ambassador Bob Blake, first of all for his very kind words of introduction but much more important for his wonderful leadership of our embassy and his wonderful friendship with the people ...
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Myanmar Labor Initiative Holds First Stakeholder Forum in Yangon

On May 19, the Initiative to Promote Fundamental Labor Rights and Practices in Myanmar (the Initiative) concluded its first Stakeholder Forum in Yangon. Over 200 participants, representing labor, business, and civil society interests, as well as governments and international organizations, took part in two days of lively and constructive discussions on labor law reform, labor ...
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Concerns About Burma’s Health Care for Population Control Bill

The United States is deeply concerned about legislative passage of the Health Care for Population Control Bill in Burma, paving the way for it to be enacted into law. This bill and the three other draft bills to purportedly “protect race and religion,” which address religious conversion, interfaith marriage, and monogamy, contain provisions that could ...
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Ambassador Mitchell’s Remarks at the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

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Ambassador Catherine Russell Travels to Burma

During her visit, Ambassador Russell will meet with members of civil society, business owners and entrepreneurs, journalists, religious leaders, young people, women in technology, and internally displaced people.  She will also meet with members of the Burmese government. Ambassador Russell’s discussions will focus on gender-based violence, women’s economic opportunities, and the critical role for women ...
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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on Deputy National Security Advisor Benjamin Rhodes’ Meeting

Deputy National Security Advisor Benjamin Rhodes met today at the White House with Burma’s Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament, Shwe Mann.  Mr. Rhodes and Speaker Shwe Mann discussed the work of the Parliament and current efforts toward democratic reform in Burma, and Mr. Rhodes reiterated the U.S. commitment to deepen our bilateral engagement ...
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Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom David Saperstein will visit Burma together with Ambassador Andrew Bennett of Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom May 2-5. The Ambassadors will meet with religious and interfaith leaders, government officials, representatives of non-governmental organizations, students, and civil society activists, including representatives of Burma’s religious and ethnic minority communities. They ...
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U.S. Assists Trafficking Victims Stranded in Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesia – The U.S. Government plans to contribute approximately $225,000 in emergency victim assistance funds to help support the efforts by the Government of Indonesia and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to rescue hundreds of Burmese, Cambodian, Lao, and Thai fishermen who are victims of forced labor and stranded in Eastern Indonesia.  This is in ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Fighting in Rakhine State

The United States is concerned by reports that hundreds of Rakhine civilians have been displaced by recent fighting between the military and Arakan Army in Kyauktaw Township, Rakhine State. We urge all parties to cease hostilities, and ensure the protection of civilians and timely delivery of all necessary humanitarian assistance to the affected population in ...
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Specially Designated National (SDN) Delisting

The U.S. Department of the Treasury today removed Burmese national, Win Aung, and two of his businesses from the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons list (SDN List). The United States has made clear that Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs) – designated under any U.S. sanctions regime – can seek delisting. Read More
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Press Release NCA Declaration

We welcome news that the Union Government and ethnic armed groups have signed a joint declaration stating that they have finalized a draft nationwide ceasefire agreement. A nationwide ceasefire agreement would mark a potentially historic step towards achieving peace and national reconciliation, which has eluded the country for decades. Read More
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Spokesperson Statement on Criminal Charges Filed Against Ed. Protesters

The United States is concerned by reports that the Government of Burma has filed criminal charges against peaceful protesters engaged in campaign activities advocating reform of the National Education Law. We call for the immediate, unconditional release of all individuals being detained in the country as a result of exercising their right to peacefully assemble. ...
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INL Fact sheet

From 1962 to 2011, Burma was ruled by a military-led government that isolated the country from the rest of the world. Burma’s economy is extremely under-developed, its civilian institutions are weak, and the criminal justice system is broken. Burma’s population has suffered from decades of severe poverty, discrimination, and a lack of access to government ...
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U.S. Assistance for Elections and Political Process [Burmese Translation]

The United States welcomes the Myanmar government’s commitment to hold a general election in late 2015. The 2015 election will be an important milestone in Myanmar’s transition to democracy and an opportunity to reaffirm to the world its commitment to political reform. U.S. assistance supports the country’s efforts to prepare for this historic event. The ...
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U.S. Embassy Letpadan Violence Statement

The Embassy joins those here and around the world who were deeply disturbed and saddened by the pictures and reports of violence in Letpadan on March 10, as well as in Yangon on March 5. Such incidents clearly set back the cause of reconciliation, and threaten to lower mutual trust in the reform process of ...
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AMCHAM Myanmar Chapter and Embassy of the United States Rangoon Host Scholarship Ceremony for University of Yangon Students

Today at the Embassy of the United States the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) Myanmar Chapter gave scholarships to 30 deserving University of Yangon students at the first annual AMCHAM Myanmar Chapter Scholarship Award Presentation. Recognizing the importance of education in improving the future prospects of young people in Myanmar, the American Chamber of Commerce ...
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Joint Statement on Election Support from the Embassies

The embassies of Australia, Denmark, the European Union, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America warmly welcome the political reforms that have occurred in Myanmar, particularly the Myanmar Government’s announcement that a general election will be held in late 2015. The election will be an important milestone in Myanmar’s transition to ...
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U.S. Soy Foods Seminar Highlights Healthy Foods

The American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program organized the seminar with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and North Dakota Soybean Council. The Myanmar Food Processors and Exporters Association and Myanmar Edible Oil Dealers Association have endorsed the program. Held at the Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake, the ...
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Spokesperson Statement on the MCRS Attack

The United States condemns the attack on a Myanmar Red Cross Society convoy in northern Shan State on February 17, which injured two humanitarian staff. Attacks on humanitarian workers, who often put themselves at personal risk to provide life-saving services to people in need, are unacceptable. We honor the brave work of the MRCS team, ...
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Extraordinary Meeting of the Friends of the Lower Mekong

On February 2, Counselor Tom Shannon and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Ambassador David Thorne led a U.S. delegation to the Extraordinary Meeting of the Friends of the Lower Mekong in Pakse, Laos. The Friends of the Lower Mekong, a donor coordination group, came together with the countries of the Lower Mekong to discuss the ...
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Press Release: Assistant Secretary Richard’s Visit to Rakhine State

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C. Richard traveled to Rakhine State, Myanmar, January 16-19, 2015, visiting the state capital, Sittwe, conflict-affected villages in Maungdaw Township and internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Sittwe. During the visit, she held discussions with state, district and township officials, Rakhine and Rohingya community ...
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Media Note: Anne Richard’s Visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C. Richard traveled to Rakhine State, Myanmar, January 16-19, 2015, visiting the state capital, Sittwe, conflict-affected villages in Maungdaw Township and internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Sittwe. During the visit, she held discussions with state, district and township officials, Rakhine and Rohingya community ...
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USAID and the University of Arizona’s partnership with local universities and the Myanmar Fisheries Association to boost fish production

Do you like to eat fish? Fish is the primary source of animal protein for over 1 billion people. Check out the story below about USAID and the University of Arizona’s partnership with local universities and the Myanmar Fisheries Association to boost fish production in Myanmar!  The first batch of fingerling sea bass, a high ...
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Myanmar Independence Day Statement from Secretary Kerry

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I would like to congratulate the people of Myanmar as you celebrate the 67th anniversary of your nation’s independence. This day is an appropriate moment to reiterate America’s commitment to supporting your country as you continue down the path of reform towards a ...
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Press Release: US-Myanmar ICT Council

The Council is an industry-led initiative to maximize the ways in which technology can support Myanmar’s national development. The Council will help advance policies and programs in cooperation with a broad range of relevant stakeholders in civil society, the national ICT industry and government. As Myanmar continues its transition, the accumulated experience and world-class products ...
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Ambassador Mitchell Attends an International Human Rights Day Event

Ambassador Mitchell went to People’s Park on Saturday to deliver remarks at the opening ceremony of the 66th International Human Rights Day event organized by Equality Myanmar. Ambassador Mitchell reiterated his pledge to work directly with the people of Myanmar, to advance human rights, empower civil society, and be a partner in Myanmar’s reforms. Read More
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Deputy Chief of Mission Virginia Murray Discusses Gender Based Violence Issues with Local Women’s Groups

On December 2, U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Virginia Murray met with representatives from Gender Equality Network, Women’s Organization Network, Akaya Women, UNFPA, and Triangle Women’s Support Group to discuss gender based violence (GBV) issues in Burma. DCM Murray discussed with participants the need for strong laws and policies to protect women’s rights, information and ...
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U.S. Companies in Burma: Corporate Social Responsibility

U.S. companies are not only seeking investment opportunities in Burma but actively engaging local communities to support broad-based development. They are investing millions of dollars in microfinance for rural citizens, developing women entrepreneurs, training engineers and managers, offering apprenticeship opportunities to youth, and providing tens of millions of gallons of clean water to those without ...
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Civil Society Roundtable Remarks

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I’ve just had an opportunity to speak with an excellent cross-section of civil society organizations here in Myanmar -– women’s organizations, organizations focused on rule of law, we have the press association, the press council represented here, organizations championing the rights of the disabled, labor organizations, student organizations, groups that are concerned ...
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President Thein Sein Meeting

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I want to thank once again President Thein Sein for welcoming us, not only for the excellent arrangements that were made for the EAS and the U.S. ASEAN Summit, but also the opportunity to exchange ideas face-to-face. In part because of President Sein’s leadership, the democratization process in Myanmar is real and ...
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Ambassador Mitchell’s visit to Kachin State

Ambassador Derek Mitchell visited Myitkyina, Kachin State October 25-27. This was Ambassador Mitchell’s third visit to Kachin State as Ambassador; his first visit was in December 2012 and his second visit was in October 2013. During his three day visit, Ambassador Mitchell met with more than 150 members of Kachin society, including religious leaders, local ...
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Security Message for United States Citizens – Town Hall Meeting for American Citizens

Message for U.S. Citizens  Town Hall Meeting for American Citizens Friday, October 24, 5-7pm U.S. Embassy Rangoon All American citizens living in Burma are welcome to attend a Town Hall Meeting at the U.S. Embassy on Friday, October 24, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Ambassador Derek Mitchell will present an overview of recent developments in ...
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Security Message for United States Citizens – Bomb explosion in Taunggyi

Security Message for United States Citizens October 8, 2014 Bomb explosion in Taunggyi While there are no known specific threats against U.S. citizens in Burma, the recent explosion of one bomb and the discovery of two other unexploded bombs near police offices in Taunggyi, Shan State, prompt the Embassy to advise U.S. citizens residing in ...
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Security Message for United States Citizens – Kayin and Mon

Security Message for United States Citizens September 30, 2014 Violence in Kayin and Mon States While there are no known specific threats against U.S. citizens in Burma, recent clashes along the Burma-Thai border near Myawaddy, Kayin State and in Kyaik Mayaw Township, Mon State, the discovery of two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Myawaddy, Kayin ...
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U.S. Companies in Burma: Doing Business Responsibly

The U.S. Government supports efforts to set a high standard for responsible business conduct in Burma and believes that this will have long-lasting positive impacts for both U.S. business and the Burmese people. Through the U.S. Responsible Investment Reporting Requirements, U.S. companies making significant investments in Burma must be fully transparent about payments made to ...
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U.S. Assistance to Burma

Building on a long legacy of support for the aspirations of the Burmese people, the United States is providing assistance to deepen and accelerate Burma’s political, economic, and social transition; promote and strengthen respect for human rights; deliver the benefits of reform to the country’s people; and support the development of a stable society that ...
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U.S. Helps Strengthen Local Courts’ Capacity to Protect IPR

Today, over 60 judges from union, regional and district levels along with officials from related government ministries gathered in Nay Pyi Taw to learn from U.S. legal experts about international practices used by courts to protect Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). At a three-day workshop organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in ...
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Press Release on Assistant Secretary Malinowski’s Visit to Burma

Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski led an interagency delegation to Burma comprising senior officials from the Departments of State, Defense, and Treasury, and the National Security Council staff June 22-28. The delegation held discussions with senior Union Government, military, and parliamentary officials including Minister of Foreign Affairs U ...
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates Independence Day and Demonstrates Commitment to Mandalay

Reaffirming the U.S. commitment to the bilateral relationship, Ambassador Mitchell invited community leaders, government officials, academics, and civil society actors to celebrate the United States’ Independence Day at the Jefferson Center on June 21. The Jefferson Center boasts 5,000 members and provides information resources, educational programs, and networking opportunities for the Mandalay community and others. ...
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U.S. Economic Engagement with Burma

The United States supports Burma’s ongoing reform efforts, and believes that the participation of U.S. businesses in Burma’s economy can be a model for responsible investment and business operations that encourage further change, promote inclusive economic development, and contribute to the welfare of the Burmese people. Increasing U.S. trade and investment in Burma will bring ...
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Ambassador Derek Mitchell’s Remarks at the Human Rights Human Dignity Film Festival Awards Ceremony

Mingalaba kh’mya. Hello and welcome.  I’m honored to be back at the Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival.  Congratulations to Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi and the other festival organizers. Once again done an incredible job with the festival this year to showcase films focused on human rights here and around the ...
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USAID Partners with Ministry of Construction to Improve Safety on Yangon-Mandalay Highway

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Construction signed a letter of agreement on May 27 to improve the safety of the Yangon-Mandalay Highway. The highway is the main ground route from Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw, through the center of the country. U.S. architecture and engineering experts will train ...
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Gap Inc. Announces Partnership with USAID to Support Women Entrepreneurs

Today at a signing ceremony attended by U.S. Ambassador Derek J. Mitchell and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Chris Milligan, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) announced that the company is partnering with USAID to invest in the social and economic growth. By producing its products from two factories in Yangon, Gap Inc. becomes ...
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Security Message for United States Citizens – Thailand Travel Alert

Message for U.S. Citizens May 28, 2014 Thailand Travel Alert The U.S. Department of State recommends that U.S. citizens reconsider any non-essential travel to Thailand, particularly Bangkok, due to ongoing political and social unrest and restrictions on internal movements, including an indefinite nighttime curfew throughout Thailand. The Department of State has advised official U.S. government travelers ...
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Internal Revenue Service Webinar on Reporting Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts

Message for U.S. Citizens May 27, 2014 Internal Revenue Service Webinar on Reporting Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts to be Held on June 4, 2014 To assist all taxpayers in meeting their foreign bank account reporting requirements, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is hosting a webinar regarding the Reporting of Foreign Financial Accounts on the ...
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New Application Procedures for Winners of the United States Diversity Visa 2015 Program

The U.S. Embassy would like to convey the following information to Diversity Visa registrants who have been selected for the Diversity Visa 2015 (DV-2015) program. DV-2015 program selection results became available on May 1, and DV-2015 registrants may view their selection notification online at the Entrant Status Check (ESC) website, http://www.dvlottery.state.gov.   Read More
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Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall Discusses Reform Efforts, Inter-communal Violence, and Child Soldiers

Yangon – During her May 7-10 visit to Yangon, Naypyitaw, Meikhtila, and Mandalay, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall met with senior government officials, including Vice President Nyan Tun, Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing, Presidential Ministers U Soe Thein and U Aung Min, Minister of Foreign Affairs Wunna Maung ...
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Under Secretary Richard Stengel Discusses Bilateral Relationship, Press Freedom, and Education and Exchange Programs

Yangon – Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel visited April 28-29 where he met with senior Union Government officials in Naypyitaw, including Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin, Minister of Information Aung Kyi, and Minister of Culture Aye Myint Kyu, to discuss the bilateral relationship, press freedom, and cultural exchanges. ...
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President Obama Answers Questions from Burmese Youth at Town Hall

Today, President Obama hosted a town hall with youth from across the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as part of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI). YSEALI is the President’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in ASEAN, deepen engagement with young leaders on key regional and ...
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Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian & Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel Discuss Bilateral Relationship & Concerns about Violence in Rakhin

Yangon – Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel visited Myanmar April 9 – 10 to meet with senior Union Government officials in Naypyitaw and Yangon, including President Thein Sein, Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin, Information Minister Aung Kyi, and Deputy Minister for Border Affairs Maung Maung Ohn, as well ...
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Ex-Im Bank Discusses Enhanced Economic Engagement

Yangon – Patricia Loui, Member of the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank), discussed enhanced economic engagement in meetings with Union Government officials, U.S. business representatives, and local business leaders during a March 25-28 visit to Yangon and Naypyitaw. This visit follows Ex-Im Bank’s February 6 announcement that ...
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Security Message for United States Citizens – Ongoing Violence in Rakhine State

Security Message for United States Citizens March 29, 2014  Ongoing Violence in Rakhine State While there are no known specific threats against U.S. citizens in Rakhine State, ongoing mob violence prompts the Embassy to advise U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Burma to avoid travel to Rakhine State, except to the tourist resort Ngapali ...
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United States Deeply Concerned by Mob Violence in Sittwe

Yangon – We are deeply concerned by mob violence in Sittwe over the past day targeting international NGOs that has resulted in the destruction of property and the emergency relocation of international aid workers, including at least three Americans, to safe havens. Despite some efforts by local authorities to ensure the security of humanitarian workers, ...
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Visit of Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman

Yangon – The U.S. State Department’s Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman reinforced the U.S. rebalance to the Asian Pacific region, and in particular Southeast Asia, during her March 6-7 visit to Yangon and Naypyitaw. She discussed bilateral cooperation in support of further democratic and economic reforms in meetings with ethnic and ...
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USAID and P&G kick off Global Development Alliance to improve health in Myanmar

Yangon – Administrator Rajiv Shah yesterday helped deliver the first liter of clean drinking water under the Global Development Alliance (GDA) between the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Procter & Gamble (P&G) to improve health in this country. This milestone first liter, which marks the launch of the partnership, was delivered at a ...
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USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah Calls for Partnerships for Rural Development in Yangon Visit

YANGON – Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), yesterday called for broad-ranging partnerships to boost the country’s agricultural development. Shah made these remarks during a keynote address delivered at the Yangon headquarters of the Livelihoods and Food Security (LIFT) Multi-Donor Trust Fund – a fund to which USAID ...
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Advancement and Development through Entrepreneurship Programs and Training (ADEPT) Launched at Yangon Institute of Economics

YANGON– Today the Yangon Institute of Economics (YECO) launched the first of several new “entrepreneurship” centers. The HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurship Center (HP LIFE) is part of a program aimed at helping Myanmar cultivate small businesses and support the country’s future business leaders.   Read More
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Ambassador Mitchell and Deputy Minister of Culture Kick off Historic Preservation of Shwe Nan-Daw Monastery

Today, U.S. Ambassador Derek Mitchell and Union Deputy Minister of Culture U Than Swe hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Shwe Nan-Daw Monastery (Shwe Kyaung) in Mandalay to formally commence a historic preservation partnership between the U.S. Embassy and the Ministry of Culture.  Over the next two years, U.S.-funded specialists will train local craftsmen ...
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U.S. Ambassador Derek Mitchell Discusses U.S. Policy and Education at Mandalay University

Today, U.S. Ambassador Derek Mitchell delivered a lecture on the United States’ commitment to the Asia Pacific region, including bilateral cooperation as this country undertakes further democratic and economic reforms, to an audience of 170 students and faculty at Mandalay University. Speaking at the event attended by undergraduate and graduate students from the university’s International ...
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Commercial Law Development Program Workshop

From January 9-10, 2014, a delegation from the Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) and the Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) traveled to Naypyitaw where CLDP hosted a two-day workshop on energy and natural resource-related financial modeling for 30 Myanmar government officials from the Central Bank, the Auditor General’s Office, ...
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$5M Grant to Reduce Child Labor in Burma Awarded by US Labor Department

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs today announced the award of a $5 million cooperative agreement to the International Labour Organization to implement a project to reduce child labor in Burma and support the Government of Burma’s efforts to comply with international standards. The project will: Support research and collection of data ...
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