Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Burma, Poland agree to development deals

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 16:07 Mizzima News

(Mizzima) – Poland and Burma agreed to cooperate in the energy sector and other areas during the visit of Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski in Naypyitaw last week, The New Light of Myanmar reported.

Burmese Energy Minister Than Htay said Poland also offered machinery and technical services, and the training of experts from Burma, said the newspaper.

Radoslaw Sikorski, the Polish foreign minister. Photo: radeksikorski.pl

A Burma-Poland economic seminar, jointly organized by the Union of Burma Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Polish Foreign Ministry, was held in Rangoon and a memorandum of understanding on cooperation was signed between the Myanmar Geoscience Association and Polish AGH University of Science and Technology.

The foreign minister also donated teaching aids to four self-reliant monastic education schools in two townships in Rangoon, the report said.

Sikorski visited President Thein Sein and the two leaders said they would maintain friendly ties established 57 years ago and focus on sector-wise cooperation between the two countries.

They also discussed political development in Burma, progress in internal peace and promotion of democracy in the country.

The pair exchanged views on sanctions imposed by the European Union (EU), targeted investment of Poland in factories, dockyards, and rail transportation and the energy sector as well as assistance for human resources development and technology sectors.

Sikorski also met Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the National League for Democracy.

Sikorski said Poland would keep monitoring Burma’s changes, while expecting changes to be firm and irreversible.

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