At the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi paid a working visit to Japan on 8 and 9 October to attend the 10th Mekong-Japan Summit and hold bilateral talks.
Also, the President of the Union of Myanmar attended the ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering in Bali, Indonesia, on 11 October and discussed matters relating to state development and cooperation with ASEAN member countries. The participation of the President and the State Counsellor in international summits is expected to effectualise the equitable prosperity and sustainable development in the region.
Citizens need to realise the government’s efforts and its attempts to bring better prospects to the country. They themselves have to heighten their cooperation among themselves and make collaborative efforts for the state development, depending on emerging opportunities. In making reforms for a democratic transition, citizens should work in unison under the leadership of and the steps formulated by the heads of State.
At the meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister, the State Counsellor discussed Myanmar’s democracy transition, Japan’s continued assistance in the peace-building and national reconciliation efforts, development of Yangon city, corroborating Japan’s financial support for the implementation of two projects — to reduce flooding and traffic congestion in Yangon’s downtown area and the development of sewage disposal system. The Japanese government vowed to assist 70 billion Japanese Yen for the projects.
In addition, the two leaders frankly exchanged views on rural development activities, future collaboration in developing small- and medium-sized enterprises, development of housing for the resettlement of displaced persons from Rakhine State and matters relating to the supply of water and electricity, as well as creating better transportation in Rakhine State.
It is necessary to recognise the collective efforts of not only the partner countries and all ASEAN member states, but also international partner organisations, such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB). Thanks to the State leaders’ endeavours and assistance provided by development partners, one could have faith in Myanmar becoming a peaceful, prosperous and democratic nation.
Each one of us is required to extend a helping hand to the country’s future tasks in unison, so that we can overcome challenges and difficulties that the country is facing at present, through a thorough understanding and realization of the endeavours by the heads of State and assistance provided by our development partner countries and organizations.