U.S. Embassy and Myanmar Football Federation Highlight Teamwork to Win Against Drugs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 13, 2019 U.S. Embassy and Myanmar Football Federation Highlight Teamwork to Win Against Drugs Yangon, Myanmar – The U.S. Embassy and Myanmar Football Federation are teaming up to host the ‘Community Champions’ sports program.  Today, they kicked off the program with an opening ceremony at the National Football Academy. “Sports are …

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U.S. Embassy Announces Continued Support for Conservation of Shwe Nandaw Monastery in Mandalay

For Immediate Release November 8, 2019 Yangon, Myanmar – The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce $300,000 of continued to support for the ongoing conservation efforts at the Shwe Nandaw Kyaung Monastery in Mandalay.  This brings the total U.S. investment in the conservation of this important cultural site to $1.1 million.  This support is through …

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AFCP 2020 Small Grants Competition [FY20-MMR-NOFO-02]

The US Embassy is accepting project applications for the 2020 Small Grants Competition of the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). The deadline for submitting applications to the US Embassy is December 10, 2019. Full implementation of the AFCP 2020 program is pending the availability of FY 2020 funds and an approved congressional spend …

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AFCP 2020 Large Grants Competition [FY20-MMR-NOFO-01]

The U.S. Embassy is accepting project applications for the 2020 Large Grants Program of the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). The deadline for submitting project abstracts to the U.S. Embassy is December 10, 2019. For abstracts that advance to Round 2, the submission deadline for full project applications is February 14, 2020.  Full implementation …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Coffee Hour with Embassy Staff in Myitkyina, Nov 15

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 MYANMAR.  PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD. The U.S. Embassy Consular Section is pleased to announce that we will be holding a no-host “coffee …

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MISSION-DRIVEN ALUMNI OUTREACH (MDAO) SMALL GRANT COMPETITION

MISSION-DRIVEN ALUMNI OUTREACH (MDAO) SMALL GRANT COMPETITION– CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Funding Amount: Maximum of $20,000 Deadline for Applications: November 4, 2019 Program Description The Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy – Rangoon is pleased to announce the FY 2020 Mission-Driven Alumni Outreach (MDAO) Small Grant Competition. The MDAO Small Grant Competition offers alumni of U.S. Government-sponsored …

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Assistant Secretary David R. Stilwell Travels to Japan, Burma, Malaysia, Thailand, Seoul and China

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE October 24, 2019 Assistant Secretary David R. Stilwell Travels to Japan, Burma, Malaysia, Thailand, Seoul and China Assistant Secretary David R. Stilwell will visit Tokyo, Rangoon, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Seoul, and Beijing, October 24 to November 7. The Assistant Secretary will be …

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PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Embassy Congratulates First Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Graduates at University of Medicine 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 24, 2019 Yangon, Myanmar – The U.S. Embassy congratulates the first-ever graduates from the new Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training program at University of Medicine-1 this week.  Ten students completed a seven and a half month course developed by American Fulbright Scholar George Stewart.  Dr. Stewart is one of seven Fulbright …

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U.S. Celebrates Private Sector Growth in Myanmar’s Agriculture Sector

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 8, 2019 U.S. Celebrates Private Sector Growth in Myanmar’s Agriculture Sector   Yangon – The United States and Myanmar partners celebrated achievements in Myanmar’s melon, sesame, coffee, ginger, and soybean sectors at the #MarketNext event today. Agriculture is vital to the livelihoods of the majority of people in Myanmar. U.S. Ambassador …

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MEDIA NOTE: Assistant Secretary Marie Royce Travels to Thailand and Burma

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 Assistant Secretary Marie Royce Travels to Thailand and Burma   Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce will travel to Thailand and Burma from September 27 to October 4 to attend the 2019 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Summit, visit an …

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PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Supports Melon Farmers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 26, 2019 U.S. Supports Melon Farmers   Nay Pyi Taw – Watermelon and muskmelon are the flagship export fruits of Myanmar and are the country’s most valuable fruit crops.  With U.S. support, the Myanmar Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Producer and Exporter Association (MFVP) melon farmers have improved practices and technologies while …

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FACT SHEET: Key Findings from the USAID Food Security Policy Project (2014 – 2019)

FACT SHEET IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 26, 2019 Key Findings from the USAID Food Security Policy Project (2014 – 2019)   This has been a time of dramatic change in rural Myanmar. The following findings stand out: (1) Access to public infrastructure has expanded greatly since 2011. (2) Rural mobility is improving.  Travel times from villages …

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PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Supports Rural Farming Communities in Myanmar

FOR IMMEDAIATE RELEASE September 26, 2019 U.S. Supports Rural Farming Communities in Myanmar   YANGON – How will Myanmar farmers and their families benefit from the dramatic changes taking place in Myanmar’s rural economy?  This was the central question at a day-long workshop that brought together American and Myanmar researchers and Government of Myanmar policy …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Meeting with U.S. Embassy Staff in Mandalay on October 3

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. U.S. Embassy staff will be visiting Mandalay on October 3, and are interested in meeting with U.S. …

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Myanmar Fruit and Vegetable Representative Joins Global Group to Promote Women’s Economic Participation with the White House

For Immediate release September 13, 2019 Yangon — This week, Sandar Myo, representing the Myanmar Fruit, Flower & Vegetable Producer & Exporter Association (MFVP), joins a group of women — and one man — from 18 countries traveling to the United States as part of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative established by …

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U.S. and Myanmar University Experts Collaborate to Improve Farm Incomes and Nutrition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 6, 2019 Nay Pyi Taw – A U.S. government program is helping Myanmar’s farmers and their families through improved understanding of the ongoing transformations in the country’s rural economy. Seventy percent of rural households in Myanmar depend on agriculture for nutrition and as a source of income – either directly through …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Citizen Town Hall in Yangon, September 25, 2019

5 September 2019  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. Citizens in Myanmar are invited to a U.S. citizen …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma

Location: All regions of Burma Event: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 travel notice for travelers to Burma due to a polio outbreak.  The notice can be read here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/polio-myanmar . Actions to Take: All travelers to Burma should be vaccinated fully against polio. Adults who completed their …

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JOINT PRESS RELEASE FROM THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE EMBASSY OF JAPAN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 20, 2019 Myanmar-Japan-U.S. Forum on Fostering Responsible Investment Yangon, Myanmar – Japan and the United States stand with Myanmar to promote responsible, quality, and ethical investment for the benefit of the people of Myanmar and for the country’s economic development. This was the key message from the “Myanmar-Japan-U.S. Forum on Fostering …

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Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma (August 20, 2019)

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 the following townships: Level 4 – Do Not Travel to Hsipaw and Hseni townships in Shan State due to civil unrest and armed conflict. Our …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma (19 August 2019)

Location:  Eastern Mandalay Division and Northern Shan State, Burma Event:  Fighting continues between the Burmese security forces and ethnic armed groups in eastern Mandalay Division and northern Shan State.  Over the August 17-18 weekend, armed engagements spread northeast in Shan State, reaching areas northeast of Lashio.  Many roads, railways, and bridges between townships in northern …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Save the Date – U.S. Citizen Town Hall in Yangon

September 25, 2019 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 MYANMAR. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD.  U.S. Citizens in Myanmar: please save the date on your calendar for a U.S. …

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Assistant Secretary Manisha Singh’s Travel to Mongolia, Burma, and Laos

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 9, 2019 Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Manisha Singh is traveling to Mongolia, Burma, and Laos, August 11-24.  The trip is part of the Trump Administration’s ongoing efforts to enhance Indo-Pacific economic engagement. Assistant Secretary Singh will be in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, August 12-16 to meet with …

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U.S. Embassy Makes Travel to the U.S. Easier

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 12, 2019 Yangon – The U.S. Embassy announced another step to make travel easier between Myanmar and the United States.  Myanmar citizens can now apply for a combined B-1/B-2 visa, which allows travel to the U.S. for both business and/or tourism purposes. ‎The single-entry visa is valid for three months and …

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Strengthening the U.S.-Mekong Partnership

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 2, 2019 The Mekong Matters to America The Mekong region – Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam – is strategically important to the United States.  The region is a focus of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy, and integral to our engagement with ASEAN.  The United States aims to …

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Joint Statement on the Japan-United States Mekong Power Partnership (JUMPP)

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 2, 2019 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Japan. The United States and Japan value transparency, free and fair competition, and the unfettered flow of energy suppliesn the Indo-Pacific region which is vital to the …

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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Opening Remarks at U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE CENTARA GRAND BANGKOK, THAILAND AUGUST 1, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you.  Thank you, Foreign Minister.  Thanks for hosting here today, and I want to congratulate also Foreign Minister Don on a successful year at Thailand’s chairmanship. As Secretary of State, a key part of my mission is to …

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Opening Remarks at the Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE CENTARA GRAND BANGKOK, THAILAND AUGUST 1, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you, Foreign Minister.  I want to thank you, Thailand, for hosting this special ministerial marking a decade of the Lower Mekong Initiative.  The United States has been a proud partner for those whole 10 years, and thanks to …

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USAID Supports Insurance Industry Reforms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 2, 2019 Yangon — A fully competitive insurance market can improve the lives of Myanmar’s people. At the family level, insurance makes it easier to handle unexpected and potentially catastrophic events. At the Union level, insurance companies can be a source of long-term financing, by investing insurance premiums in government bonds …

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USAID Highlights Five Years of Achievements in Promoting Quality of Medicines in Myanmar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 31, 2019 Nay Pyi Taw — More than one out of every five antimalarial drugs sampled failed the quality control test in 2013, but today more than 93% of the samples tested are legitimate, effective malaria medicines thanks to a partnership between the United States and Myanmar. Today, the U.S. Agency …

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USAID Recognizes Private Sector Leadership in Myanmar’s Coffee Sector

For Immediate Release July 17, 2019 Yangon – Thanks to a partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), local coffee producers have entered the multi-billion dollar international specialty coffee market and are now providing locally-produced world class coffee to more consumers in Myanmar ‎and to export markets, including in the United States. Today USAID …

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Public Designation, Due to Gross Violations of Human Rights, of Burmese Military Officials

For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO July 16, 2019 Today, the Department of State is publicly designating the following individuals and their immediate family members for the named individuals’ responsibility for gross human rights violations, including in extrajudicial killings in northern Rakhine State, Burma, during the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya: Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing …

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Ministry of Health and Sports and USAID Mark Progress in Ending the TB Epidemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 9, 2019 Nay Pyi Taw – On behalf of Union Minister of Health and Sports H.E. Dr. Myint Htwe, Dr. Thandar Lwin, Deputy Director General for Disease Control and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Teresa McGhie spoke of significant milestones towards ending the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic in Myanmar and fulfilling …

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New Analyses from the Myanmar Demographic and Health Survey Released to Inform Scale-up of Health Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 5, 2019 New Analyses from the Myanmar Demographic and Health Survey Released to Inform Scale-up of Health Services Yangon – Professor Dr. Zaw Than Htun, Director General of Medical Research, Ministry of Health and Sports and Teresa McGhie, Mission Director, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) opened a day-long session during …

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REMARKS BY U.S. AMBASSADOR SCOT MARCIEL DURING THE 243rd CELEBRATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY

REMARKS BY U.S. AMBASSADOR SCOT MARCIEL DURING THE 243rd CELEBRATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY June 26, 2019 Good evening.  Welcome to all of you.  Welcome especially to our guest of honor, His Excellency U Kyaw Tint Swe, Union Minister in the Ministry of the Office of the State Counsellor and spouse …

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Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma

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. Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma (June 19, 2019) Location:  Burma Event:  The Embassy of the …

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Why Does Responsible Business Matter

Why Does Responsible Business Matter [UMFCCI] May 30, 2019 What do we mean by responsible business, responsible investment? Others here, who are more expert on this topic, I think have a better and fuller definition. To me that basically means you are doing business first according to laws and rules and with ethical standards – …

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U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Opens New School in East Bago

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 3, 2019 Yangon –  The United States is proud to support the opening of a new school addition in the Basic Education High School Thanatpin in East Bago.  Deputy Chief of Mission George Sibley participated in the school opening on June 1 together with school officials.  The Thanatpin community, a Peace …

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U.S. Supports Fourth Federalism Symposium

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 31, 2019 Yangon – The U.S. Embassy is hosting the Yangon Federalism Symposium at American Center Yangon May 30-June 1. This Symposium is the fourth forum of its kind which brings together members of government, military, ethnic organizations, political leaders, and civil society to explore what a federalist system could look …

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Ambassador Scot Marciel Remarks at the World Press Freedom Day Reception

Ambassador Scot Marciel Remarks at the World Press Freedom Day Reception   05-28-19 Welcome to all of you. Thank you so much for coming this evening. I know World Press Freedom Day was a few weeks ago, so I apologize; we’re commemorating it a little bit late. But we’re doing it even a little bit …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo On Vesak Day

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO May 16, 2019 Vesak Day On behalf of the people of the United States of America, I send wishes of peace and joy to everyone celebrating Vesak Day on May 19. As Buddhist communities unite across the globe to celebrate …

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U.S. Embassy and The Asia Foundation Donate Thousands of Books to Upper Myanmar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2019 MANDALAY – In a ceremony at Jefferson Center Mandalay today, the U.S. Embassy and The Asia Foundation donated more than 6,300 books to nearly 140 educational institutions in Upper Myanmar. Together with the donation to Lower Myanmar institutions in April, today’s event brings the total number of books donated …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Release of Reuters Reporters

The U.S. Embassy welcomes the release of reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. We are glad they can return to their families. သတင္းေထာက္ ကုိဝလုံးႏွင့္ ကုိေက်ာ္စုိးဦးတုိ႔ လႊတ္ေျမာက္လာျခင္းအတြက္ အေမရိကန္သံရုံးက ႀကိဳဆုိပါသည္။ ၎တုိ႔၏ မိသားစုမ်ားထံ ျပန္သြားႏုိင္ၿပီ ျဖစ္သည့္အတြက္ ဝမ္းေျမာက္ရပါသည္။

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Ambassador David Hale, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Telephonic Briefing

Ambassador David Hale Under Secretary for Political Affairs Telephonic Briefing with the Asia Pacific Media Hub May 3, 2019 Moderator:   Good morning afternoon everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Asia Pacific Media Hub in Manila.  I’m Zia Syed, the Hub Director, and I would like to welcome our participants dialing in from across …

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Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale Travels to Indonesia, Thailand, Burma, and Japan

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release April 25, 2019 Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale will travel to Indonesia, Thailand, Burma, and Japan from April 29 to May 6, 2019. On April 29, Under Secretary Hale will be in Jakarta to meet with government of Indonesia counterparts, as well …

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U.S. Embassy and The Asia Foundation Donate Nearly 10,000 Books to Lower Myanmar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 26, 2019 Yangon, Myanmar – In a ceremony at American Center Yangon today, the U.S. Embassy and The Asia Foundation donated nearly 10,000 books to 131 educational institutions in Myanmar. The Asia Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Embassy and the Myanmar National Library, have been donating new, high-quality, English-language educational …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Freedom of Speech

The Supreme Court’s ruling in Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo’s case is deeply disappointing.  These convictions, like the recent detention of filmmaker Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi and of the Peacock Generation Thangyat troupe, and the recent charges brought against editor U Ye Ni and other journalists, point to an increasing intolerance for free …

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Press Statement: Myanmar Thingyan Festival

Press Statement Morgan Ortagus Department Spokesperson Washington, DC April 11, 2019 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I wish the people of Myanmar a wonderful Thingyan holiday. As people join together to celebrate Thingyan, we are reminded of the richness and beauty of this annual tradition. This joyful time of …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Burmese New Year Festival (Thingyan)

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. In observance of the Burmese New Year Festival (Thingyan), the Embassy of the United States of America …

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Letter: US is Investing in Myanmar’s Future

SIR – The US government is committed to supporting private sector-led growth in Myanmar to maintain a free and open Asia-Pacific. As Ambassador, I am often asked how the US government is supporting economic growth in Myanmar. The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) is the US government’s development finance institution, which provides financing and insurance to …

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U.S. Embassy Groundbreaking Ceremony at Embassy Liaison Office in Nay Pyi Taw

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 10, 2019 Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar – Today Ambassador Scot Marciel joined Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin for the official groundbreaking ceremony for the U.S. Embassy Liaison Office in Nay Pyi Taw.  The office will serve as the permanent U.S. Government presence in Nay Pyi Taw and will facilitate …

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Peace Corps Expands To Magway Region

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 5, 2019 YANGON — Today, U.S. Ambassador Scot Marciel swore in 32 new Peace Corps Volunteers, nearly doubling the total number of Peace Corps Volunteers in Myanmar. The Volunteers sworn in at the ceremony at the Summit Parkview Hotel will serve for two years, teaching English at basic education middle and …

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OPIC SIGNS COMMITMENT TO SUPPORT MICROLOANS FOR RURAL BORROWERS IN MYANMAR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 3, 2019 April 3, 2019 YANGON, Myanmar – The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, today committed $8 million to Proximity Finance to support expanded micro lending to rural borrowers, primarily smallholder farmers, in Myanmar. OPIC Chief of Staff Eric Jones and Proximity Designs CEO Jim …

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Press ReleaseU.S.-Funded Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Hosts ASEAN Regional Workshop on Media Literacy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 21, 2019  The four-day event builds the ASEAN ecosystem to combat disinformation in all 10 ASEAN member states and Timor Leste. YANGON – Fifty young people between the ages of 22-33 representing Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam are participating together with U.S. …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma (20 March 2019)

Location: Yangon City, Yangon Region, Burma Event: The Yangon City Development Committee announced cuts to the water supply for various Yangon-area townships on March 22, 2019 from 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. due to maintenance on the water supply system.  The list of affected townships includes: Ahlone, Bahan, Botahtaung, Dawbon, Kamayut, Kyimindaing, Mayangone, Mingalar Taung …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma (19 March 2019)

Location: Hsipaw Township, Shan State, Burma Event: Hiking and trekking outside of Hsipaw town is dangerous due to active armed conflict and land mines.  Multiple armed groups occupy areas near Hsipaw, and there are frequent clashes among the groups and with the Burmese military.  Areas of armed conflict around Hsipaw frequently change without warning.  Land …

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U.S. Embassy Announces 2019 Winners of Women of Change Award in Myanmar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 18, 2019 YANGON – The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce the two recipients of the annual U.S. Embassy Women of Change Award.  U.S. Ambassador Scot Marciel will present the awards today in a ceremony for friends, family, and colleagues of the recipients.  The U.S. Embassy’s Women of Change award recognizes …

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Press Releases: U.S. and Myanmar Teams Work to Control New Agricultural Pest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 14, 2019  NAY PYI TAW – U.S.-based agricultural experts are in Myanmar this week working with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation (MOALI) and farming communities to mitigate the spread of a new agricultural pest called Fall Armyworm, which has the potential to dramatically reduce maize crop production in Myanmar.  …

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PRESS RELEASE: Ceremony Honors Fallen U.S. Service Members from World War II in Myanmar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 12, 2019 MANDALAY — Today the United States will repatriate the recovered possible human remains of U.S. service members missing from World War II in the Salingyi area of Sagaing Region during a recent recovery mission through the U.S. Department of Defense’s agency the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). These remains …

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U.S. Embassy Announces its “Mandalay Road Show”

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 11, 2019 MANDALAY – From Monday, March 11 to Wednesday, March 13, 2019, the U.S. Embassy’s “Mandalay Road Show” will highlight and strengthen relations between the United States and Myanmar’s “second city.” Over the next three days, representatives from the U.S. Embassy will be in Mandalay to inaugurate the first …

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Myanmar Woman to Receive 2019 International Women of Courage Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 7, 2019 Yangon – Today, March 7, Secretary of State Pompeo is hosting the 13th Annual International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award at the U.S. Department of State to honor 10 extraordinary women from around the world. First Lady of the United States Melania Trump will deliver special remarks at the …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Citizen Town Hall in Mandalay

6 March 2019  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. Citizens in and around the Mandalay area are invited to join U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar Scot …

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United States Celebrates Women’s Contributions to Peace in Myanmar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 6, 2019 YANGON – On March 6, U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar Scot Marciel and USAID Mission Director Teresa McGhie hosted an event celebrating women’s contributions to peace in Myanmar through the presentation of the “Women Contributing to Peace” mapping project. Civil society organizations, peace process stakeholders, political leaders, members of the …

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U.S. Provides Equipment to Help Disrupt the Drug Trade in Myanmar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 1, 2019 YANGON — Today the United States provided equipment to the Myanmar Police Force’s Drug Enforcement Division (DED) to assist in the disruption of drug trafficking, which affects communities across Myanmar and the region. The official equipment transfer ceremony took place at the DED Yangon Drug Crime Center. DED and …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Updated Information on Drones in Burma

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.  We have updated our guidance to U.S. citizens about the importation and use of drones in Burma.  The …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma (20 February 2019)

Location: Yangon Region, Burma Event: According to local media reporting, Yangon Region government officials report an increase in measles cases since the beginning of 2019.  The Burmese Ministry of Health and Sports is planning a measles vaccine drive for children in the coming weeks. Actions to Take: Visit the CDC Travelers Health Page for travelers to Burma. Consider obtaining …

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USAID Launches Programs to Strengthen Civil Society, the Media, and Local Communities

USAID Launches Programs Worth $72 Million to Strengthen Civil Society, the Media, and Local Communities January 31, 2019 YANGON – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is funding two new projects that will last up to five years with a combined budget of nearly $72 million (MMK 108 billion) to support Myanmar’s democratic transition.  These …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma (29 January 2019)

Location: Golden Valley Neighborhood, Yangon, Burma Event: In January 2019, there have been four burglaries of residential houses in the Golden Valley neighborhood of Yangon.  These burglaries were non-violent and occurred at different hours of the day and night.  Thieves concentrated on cash and small valuable items, like mobile phones. Actions to Take: Review your …

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USAID Commits $6 Million to Address HIV and Drug Epidemics in Kachin State

USAID Commits $6 Million to Address HIV and Drug Epidemics in Kachin State December 14, 2018 YANGON – USAID will provide $6 million over five years to support locally-driven efforts to address the effects of the drug epidemic in Myanmar’s Kachin State, a key driver of the high rate of HIV infections in the state and …

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TechCamp Myanmar: Media Literacy for the Next Generation

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Oval Office 12:27 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA:  It is an extraordinary pleasure for me to welcome State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and her delegation to the White House.  This is not her first visit to the Oval Office, but it is her first visit in her official capacity.  And it represents a remarkable process …

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The Vice President hosted leading Members of Congress this morning for a breakfast meeting with Burma State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at the Naval Observatory.  The Vice President and Members welcomed the recent progress in Burma’s democratic transition, discussed the President’s decision to terminate the national emergency and end Executive Order-based sanctions, and shared …

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

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Remarks by the President After Counter-ISIL Meeting

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Treasury Amends Burmese Sanctions Regulations, Identifies Blocked Companies Owned By Designated Persons, And Delists Several Burmese SOEs

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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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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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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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Joint Statement of the U.S.-ASEAN Special Leaders’ Summit: Sunnylands Declaration

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FACT SHEET: Unprecedented U.S.-ASEAN Relations

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United States Begins Implementation of Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

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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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Policy Planning Director McKean Travels to India and Burma

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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Statement on Parliamentary Elections in Burma

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Statement by the Diplomatic Missions

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The 2014 International Religious Freedom Report

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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U.S. Embassy holding Visa Lottery Presentations in Yangon

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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

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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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U.S. Embassy Announces Project to Restore the Historic First Baptist Church in Mawlamyine [Burmese] [Mon]

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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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

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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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The Americans with Disabilities Act

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Visit of Deputy U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken

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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

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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

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Ambassador Catherine Russell Travels to Burma

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on Deputy National Security Advisor Benjamin Rhodes’ Meeting

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Ambassador David Saperstein’s Joint Visit to Burma to Promote Religious Freedom

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U.S. Assists Trafficking Victims Stranded in Indonesia

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Fighting in Rakhine State

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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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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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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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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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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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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. 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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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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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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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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