May 18, 2012

Myanmar, Poland to cooperate in energy sector

Myanmar and Poland will cooperate in the sector of energy as part of the economic cooperation between the two countries, official media reported Friday.

During the talks between Myanmar Energy Minister U Than Htay and Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski in Nay Pyi Taw, Poland offered investment in Myanmar in the sector, machinery and technical services, and training of experts from Myanmar, said the New Light of Myanmar.

In response to the Polish offer, the Myanmar side agreed to sell machinery and hire technical services through tender system.

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

Moreover, under the Polish Development Cooperation Initiative Program, the Polish foreign minister donated teaching aids to four self-reliance monastic education schools in two townships in Yangon, the report said.

Sikorski visited Myanmar from Wednesday to Thursday, during which Myanmar President U Thein Sein received Sikorski in Nay Pyi Taw. The pair vowed to foster and maintain friendly ties established 57 years ago and focus on sectorwise cooperation between the two countries.

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

The pair exchanged views on the economic development in Myanmar, suspension and lifting of sanctions imposed by European Union (EU) for creating more employment opportunities, targeted investment of Poland in factories, dockyards, rail transportation and 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 (NLD) and a parliament member, in Yangon on Thursday.

Sikorski said Poland would keep on monitoring Myanmar's changes, expecting such changes could be firm and irreversible. He applauded Myanmar's reform process as more rapid than expected.

Source: Xinhua