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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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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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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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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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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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON: Efforts to Address Burma’s Rakhine State Crisis

For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON November 22, 2017 Efforts to Address Burma’s Rakhine State Crisis   I visited Naypyitaw, Burma on November 15, where I met separately with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. I reaffirmed the United States’ strong commitment ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson And Burmese State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi At a Joint Press Availability

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Official For Immediate Release REMARKS November 15, 2017 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson And Burmese State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi At a Joint Press Availability November 15, 2017 Ministry of Foreign Affairs Naypyidaw, Burma MODERATOR: Good afternoon excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you all for coming ...
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UNITED STATES ASSISTANCE TO BURMA

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson _____________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release FACT SHEET November 15, 2017 UNITED STATES ASSISTANCE TO BURMA  The United States supports a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic Burma that respects the human rights of all its people. We are working to immediately address the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Rakhine ...
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STATEMENT ON THE DIPLOMATIC TRIP TO NORTHERN RAKHINE ON 2 OCTOBER 2017

STATEMENT ON THE DIPLOMATIC TRIP TO NORTHERN RAKHINE ON 2 OCTOBER 2017   At the invitation of the Myanmar Government, we visited Northern Rakhine today. We went to a number of villages in Maungdaw and Rathedaung districts and met a mixture of local communities. This initiative by the Government of Myanmar allowed us to show support ...
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U.S. EMBASSY SIGNS AGREEMENT ON LAW ENFORCEMENT, COUNTERNARCOTICS AND RULE OF LAW ASSISTANCE

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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Second Group of Peace Corps Volunteers to Begin Service in Myanmar

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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Thingyan Water Festival (Myanmar)

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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USNS Fall River Makes Goodwill Visit to Myanmar

USNS Fall River Makes Goodwill Visit to Myanmar From Task Force 73 Public Affairs Yangon, Myanmar (NNS) – The United States Navy expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Fall River (T-EPF-4) will make a goodwill port visit to Yangon, Myanmar March 21-25 to enhance friendship and cultural exchange between U.S. service members and the people of ...
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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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U.S. Government Announces New Increase in Support to World Food Programme (WFP) to Help Vulnerable Communities in Kachin, Rakhine and Shan

The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Food for Peace approved a new contribution of $5 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to assist people impacted by ongoing or recent conflict.  This contribution will support life-saving food assistance for 172,000 people in Kachin, Shan and Rakhine in need of ...
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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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First U.S. – Myanmar Partnership Meeting Held

  Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 15, 2016 Following the announcement of the formation of the U.S.— Myanmar Partnership by President Obama and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi during her visit to the United States in September, an interagency delegation from Washington, including officials from the Departments of State, ...
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Assistant Secretary William R. Brownfield’s Travel to Asia

  Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 13, 2016 Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) William R. Brownfield will travel to the Philippines, Burma, and China November 13-22. In the first two countries he will seek to strengthen U.S. support for just and fair institutions that ...
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TERMINATION OF BURMA SANCTIONS PROGRAM

U.S. TREASURY DEPARTMENT OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS October 7, 2016 TREASURY IMPLEMENTS TERMINATION OF BURMA SANCTIONS PROGRAM WASHINGTON – Today, President Obama signed an Executive Order terminating the national emergency with respect to Burma, revoking the Burma sanctions Executive Orders, and waiving other statutory blocking and financial sanctions on Burma. As a result, the economic and ...
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2nd Stakeholders Forum on Labour Law Reform and Institutional Capacity Building [Joint Statement]

Joint Statement 2nd Stakeholders Forum on Labour Law Reform and Institutional Capacity Building                  Yangon, 30 September 2016   The Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Denmark, Japan, the United States of America, the European Union, and the International Labour Organization (ILO) convened the second Stakeholders’ Forum of the Initiative to Promote Fundamental Labour Rights and ...
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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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U.S. Department of Agriculture Expands Presence and Engagement in Myanmar

Contact: FAS Public Affairs (202) 720-7115   U.S. Department of Agriculture Expands Presence and Engagement in Myanmar YANGON, MYANMAR, August 8, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is expanding its activities and services in Myanmar with the opening of a new office in Yangon. “The opening of the FAS office ...
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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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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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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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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

Joint Statement of the U.S.-ASEAN Special Leaders’ Summit: Sunnylands Declaration Sunnylands, California February 15-16, 2016 We the Heads of State/Government of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States of America gathered in Sunnylands, California, on February 15-16, 2016, for a Special Leaders Summit.  This Special U.S.-ASEAN Leaders ...
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United States Begins Implementation of Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

The United States today began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcomes more than a million passengers arriving to the United States every day and is committed to facilitating legitimate travel while maintaining the highest standards of security ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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