Minister Gentiloni’s mission to Myanmar


Minister Paolo Gentiloni started a mission in Myanmar today that will last until 8 April. Mr Gentiloni met Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, making him the first Western foreign minister to meet her following her appointment to Myanmar’s foreign ministry. The minister’s agenda includes meetings with President Htin Kyaw, the Minister of Religious and Cultural Affairs, Thura U Aung Ko, the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, and the Minister of Construction, U Win Khaing.The visit is taking place at a historic time for Myanmar. The establishment of the government led by the National League for Democracy is in fact a fundamental step forward in the country’s democratic transition process, at a time when many opportunities are opening up for Italian companies.After 50 years of international isolation, Myanmar is now considered a country of great economic development opportunities. Trade with Italy is increasing, and there is a growing interest among our companies, as demonstrated by the more than 100 companies that took part in the “Italian Products Expo 2015” in Yangon, in October 2015, organised with the contribution of the Embassy and ICE.The main cooperation opportunities are in the agro-food sector and in agricultural machinery, mining, tourism, energy, infrastructure and construction, and oil and gas.Myanmar is a priority country for Italian Cooperation. Since 2011, the value of interventions has grown to over 35 million euros.Read more>>

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