Oct 18, 2012

New Zealand FM says to push trade as Myanmar opens up

New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully is to hold official talks with his Myanmar counterpart with an aim to boost trade amid political reforms in the Southeast Asian nation.

Myanmar Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin would be in New Zealand on Monday as part of his country's increasing international engagement since embarking on fundamental political and economic reforms a year ago, McCully said in a statement Thursday.

"New Zealand is greatly encouraged by the nature and scale of the reforms and wants to support them both symbolically and practically. Our discussions over the long weekend are part of that process," McCully said.

"Several New Zealand businesses already export to Burma, so we are also keen to support further commercial opportunities as the Burmese economy opens up."

McCully has previously met Lwin at international meetings and while visiting Naypyitaw and Yangon in March when he also met President Thein Sein and National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Source: Xinhua