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Asia Foundation Delegation Visits Myanmar President U Thein Sein

October 31, 2012

This past week, Asia Foundation President David D. Arnold led an official delegation to Burma (also known as Myanmar). During this historic visit, President Arnold called on the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar U Thein Sein in Nay Pyi Taw on October 23 to conduct substantive discussions on assistance for the country’s development and rule of law. See slideshow of the official visit to the presidential palace.

Meeting with Burma's President U Thein Sein

Asia Foundation delegation meet with President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar U Thein Sein in Nay Pyi Taw.

Also during this trip to Burma, in a ceremony at the Parliamentary Library in Nay Pyi Taw, senior representatives of The Asia Foundation delivered a special collection of more than 600 volumes to the Burmese Parliament secretariat. To mark the donation, Mr. Arnold made a presentation to U Khin Aung Mint, Speaker of the Upper House and Thura U Shwe Mann, speaker of the Lower House of the Parliament, along with U.S. Ambassador to Burma Derek J. Mitchell and Dawn L. McCall, Coordinator for the Bureau of International Information Programs at the U.S. State Department. The event was attended by many members of Parliament, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who serves as chair of the Rule of Law Committee and who recently visited the Foundation in San Francisco. Dr. Soe Yin spoke words of appreciation as the president of Parliamentary Library and E-Library.

The Asia Foundation’s gift of books and periodicals focused on governance, democratization, and parliamentary procedure; it complements a U.S. Embassy in Rangoon donation of 200 titles. The Foundation and the U.S. Embassy donations to the parliamentary library are in response to a special request from the Burmese Parliament. The books will provide Burmese parliamentarians with information about key democracy and development issues facing the country.

1 Comment

  1. Thank you very much for helping in my country’s political and economic reforms. Such constructive engagements will make a positive difference in the long run. By helping Myanmar now, you are investing in future peace and stability in Asia. I hope we can eventually be a fully democratic country who could also contribute back to Asia and the wider world, once we achieve our own internal peace, stability and development. I look forward to seeing Asia Foundation Office in Myanmar soon. Thank you very much again from the bottom of my heart.

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