Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Burmese political parties invited to national level workshop

Wednesday, 17 August 2011 21:03 Te Te

New Delhi (Mizzima) – Thirty-seven Burmese political parties have been invited to attend a national level workshop on economic development to be held on Friday in Naypyitaw, according to party officials.

A National League for Democracy spokesman said
Aung San Suu Kyi, shown here, was not invited to
attend a national level economics workshop on
Friday in Naypyitaw. Rumours that she was invited
were false, he said on Wednesday. Photo: Mizzima

Three representatives of each of the parties that contested in the 2010 election have been invited to the three-day workshop. Two ministers and two or three businessmen from each of the 14 states or regions will also attend.

“We have not prepared to put forward any ideas. The Ministry of Economic Development will present research papers, I think,” said Dr. Aye Maung, the chairman of the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party (RNDP).  “If they raise issues with us, we will point out the things we believe.”

Aye Maung said the workshop would be led by the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and its sub-organizations such as the Myanmar Tourism Association and Myanmar Rice Industry Association

In related political matters, the RFA Burmese Service reported on a speech by Dr. Nay Zin Latt, a member of the Burmese president’s political advisory board, in which he said that Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi would be invited to attend the national level workshop.

However, National League for Democracy official Win Htein said that Suu Kyi would not attend the workshop on economics on Friday.

“I had to answer questions about it over the phone the whole day. Nobody gave us an invitation letter. And she was not invited by mail. The information [that she was invited] is a false rumour,” said Win Htein.

President Thein Sein attended a “National Level Workshop on Rural Development and Poverty Alleviation” in Naypyitaw from May 20 to May 22.

At that workshop, presidential adviser economist Dr. U Myint, who told Mizzima that he had a friendly relationship with Suu Kyi, presented a paper titled “Reducing Poverty in Myanmar: the Way Forward.”

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