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Thursday, 14 November, UMFCCI, Yangon (No. 29, Min Ye – Kyawsaw Road – Lanmadaw Township)
Democratic Civil Society Forum (board-room UMFCCI 2nd floor)
Round-table discussion with the participation of HR/VP Ashton and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Development Forum (Part II)
(main conference room UMFCCI 1st floor)
Moderated panel discussion on Myanmar’s development priorities and challenges with interventions
from Union Minister for National Planning and Economic Development Dr Kan Zaw; EU Development
Commissioner Andris Piebalgs; Daw Aung San Suu Kyi; Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European
Commission, responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship.


Friday, 15 November, Nay Pyi Taw. Myanmar International Convention Centre
13:30 Task Force Political Session
(MICC Working Lunch room, 1st floor)
Co-chaired by HR/VP Asthon and U Aung Min, Minister in the President’s Office
Round-table discussion with interventions by Commissioners, MEPs, Myanmar Ministers, other political
leaders (incl. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, ethnic party leaders) and selected civil society representatives.
The Co-Chairs of the Civil Society Forum and the Inter-Parliamentary Session will report on respective
conclusions. The discussion is organised under two themes: critical issues for the democratic transition
(rule of law, elections in 2015, constitutional change, human rights) and national reconciliation.


Opening up to democracy, Myanmar offers new opportunities for EU enterprises

After decades of isolation under authoritarian rule, Myanmar recently started opening its doors to democracy, foreign investment and a liberal economy. To help both European and Myanmar companies take advantage of new opportunities that will come with Myanmar’s reintegration into the global economy, European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship, will travel to Myanmar from Nov 13th to 15th. During his visit he will be accompanied by more than 100 companies and associations from 16 Member States, representing a turnover of 420 billion euros, to help both Myanmar and European companies form new partnerships and expand into new markets. He will also sign three letters of intent to strengthen cooperation on SME policy, sustainable tourism and raw materials.

His visit will take place under the umbrella of the EU-Myanmar Task Force chaired by the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton. Other members of the task force include Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, responsible for Development and Cooperation, and Commissioner Dacian Cioloş, responsible for Agriculture and Rural development. A delegation of the European Parliament will be also part of the task force and an inter-parliamentary meeting will be held with Myanmar’ parliamentarians. The task force’s mission to Myanmar will have three main objectives:

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