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High-Level Meetings with the President and Cabinet Members-Trip to Myanmar (6)- [2012年01月30日(Mon)]

Chairman Sasakawa together with several Sasakawa Fellows from the World Maritime University.

High-Level Meetings with the President and Cabinet Members
Trip to Myanmar (6)

During my visit to Nay Pyi Daw, I met with President Thein Sein and also had talks with ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party Secretary-General Htay Oo and five central executive committee members. I also had the chance to meet Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin to discuss assistance for human resource programs in the lead up to Myanmar’s chairing of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in 2014.

A number of other government officials took the time to meet me during the visit to talk about a variety of issues. For instance, I met Aung Kyi, who serves as both the Minister of Labor and Minister of Social Welfare, Relief, and Resettlement, and discussed ways people with disabilities can be organized and the holding of the International Festival of Inclusive Arts in Myanmar. With Minister of Border Affairs Thein Htay, I had a conversation about the construction of elementary schools in border areas. And with Kyaw Myint, a member of the USDP Central Executive Committee and the former Minister of Health, I had a discussion regarding programs to distribute traditional medical supplies.

The visit to Nay Pyi Daw also gave me the opportunity to make the acquaintance of Minister of Industry Soe Thein and Minister of Education Mya Aye, who were present at my talks with President Thein Sein. On top of those meetings, I was able to renew my acquaintance with Yangon mayor Hla Myint, and to meet Aung San Suu Kyi (as I related in my December 27 and 28, 2011, blog entries).

At the suggestion of Shūichi Ōno, who is Executive Director in charge of international cooperation projects at the Nippon Foundation, a gathering was held during my visit to Nay Pyi Daw to bring together, for the first occasion in a long time, recipients of scholarships from the Nippon Foundation and Sasakawa Peace Foundation, as well as partners whom we have worked with to conduct various projects in the country.

In total, there were around a hundred people in attendance, including scholarship recipients at the United Nations University for Peace and the World Maritime University, individuals with physical disabilities, and those who have been involved in our school construction, distribution of traditional medicines, civil servant training, and empowerment of people affected by leprosy . It was a festive occasion that brought together old acquaintances and set the stage for future collaboration and network building.
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