|A Goodwill Visit of President Mr Joachim Gauck of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar|
A Goodwill Visit of President Mr Joachim Gauck of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
At the invitation of U Thein Sein , President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and wife Daw Khin Khin Win, President Mr Joachim Gauck of the Federal Republic of Germany and Mrs Daniela Schadt paid an official goodwill visit to Myanmar from 9 to 12 February 2014.
On 10th February 2014, the President of Germany and his party were welcomed by President U Thein Sein and wife Daw Khin Khin Win on the lawns of the Presidential compound in Nay Pyi Taw.
During the visit, both sides discussed matters relating to achievements and challenges in carrying out political, economic and administrative reforms in Myanmar, strengthening amity and cooperation between the two countries, promotion of trade and investment, peace building, stability and development of Rakhine State and development of SMEs sector at Credentials Hall of the Presidential office and the followings were discussed :-
- Financing Agreement (grant) for implementation of Rural Infrastructure Programme with the use of 7 million euro provided by Germany was discussed with Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development.
- The provision of Euro 15 million by the German government to Myanmar for enhancing vocational training centers, banking industry and government and NGOs from2013 to 2015.
The two presidents attended the signing ceremony of bilateral agreements and memoranda of understandings, which were as follows:-
- An agreement was signed between Germany and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar on the Reduction and Rescheduling of the Foreign Debt of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar by Deputy Minister Dr. Lin Aung and the German Ambassador to Myanmar.
- Agreed Minutes on the Treatment of Debt of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar was signed between Union Minister for Finance U Win Shein and Paris Club member countries on 23 January 2013 in Paris of France. According to the agreement, debt clearance volume is over euro 1084 million. Out of them, 50 % of debt was cancelled by Germany. Over euro 543 million of the remaining 50 % debt is to be repaid by Myanmar with 3 % of the interest rate within fifteen years—seven years pending period and eight years repayment period.
President U Thein Sein thanked Germany for its generous aid for the development of Myanmar during the 60-year period of diplomatic relations. He acknowledged German government’s rightful stand against the intense pressures from some Western countries on Myanmar in the past 20 years. The President expressed his firm belief that the German President’s goodwill visit would boost future bilateral cooperation, strengthening the existing bilateral friendship.
The German President praised Myanmar supporting Myanmar’s democratization. He continued that his visit would enhance bilateral relations and Germany wanted to assist Myanmar which is making great strides in sweeping reforms that opened a new page in the history of Myanmar.
During the visit, German President Mr. Joachim Gauck held talks with Speaker of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw and Pyithu Hluttaw Thura U Shwe Mann at Zabuthiri Hall of Hluttaw Building and Chairperson of Pyithu Hluttaw Rule of Law and Tranquility Committee Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at the Aureum Palace Hotel.
At the same time , Daw Khin Khin Win, wife of the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar held talks with Mrs Daniel Schadt, Partner of the German President and discussed assistance to be provided by Germany for enhancement of education and health sectors in far-flung areas of the nation, uplifting the life of women in rural area, and social activities of Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation and Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association.
On 11th February 2014, German President Mr. Joachim Gouck also visited Yangon University and delivered a speech and it was attended by Union Ministers, Rectors of the Universities and University students. In the afternoon, German President and party opened the Myanmar branch of the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce (AHK) and the Association of German Chambers of Commerce (DIHK) after attending the Myanmar-German Economic Cooperation Forum at Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry Office .