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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

December 4, 2018 Yangon, Myanmar – This week from Wednesday, December 5 to Friday, December 7, American Center Yangon is hosting a two-and-a-half day event to increase media literacy in Myanmar. “TechCamp Myanmar: Media Literacy for the Next Generation” will bring together over 50 journalists, educators and civil-society activists from across the country to strengthen …

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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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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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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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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 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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