Federal Minister Müller meets Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi

Federal Minister Müller and Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi

11.04.2014 |

Berlin – During her stay in Germany from 10 to 14 April, Aung San Suu Kyi visited the BMZ on Friday. The Nobel Peace Laureate and opposition politician from Myanmar met German De­vel­op­ment Minister Gerd Müller.

Entwicklungsminister Gerd Müller und die myanmarische Friedensnobelpreisträgerin Aung San Suu Kyi

Minister Müller welcomes Aung San Suu Kyi in Berlin
Copyright: Michael Gottschalk/photothek

Talks were focused on Germany's de­vel­op­ment activities in Myanmar – bilateral de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion with the coun­try was resumed in April 2012.

"I feel very honoured to welcome Aung San Suu Kyi to Germany – almost exactly two years after the EU lifted sanctions against Myanmar paving the way for de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion once again," Minister Müller said. "An advocate of non-violent democratisation, Aung San Suu Kyi has contributed considerably to the country's process of opening up. The strength Aung San Suu Kyi has shown and her unbreakable determination to engage in politics even during her many years of house arrest have impressed me deeply. I am confident that the partner­ship and de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion between our two coun­tries can only benefit from this. Myanmar is a coun­try with tremendous potential."

A process of reform, initiated by the gov­ern­ment, has been under way in Myanmar for two and a half years, in the course of which Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest after spending 15 years in custody. After more than 20 years, Germany resumed its official bilateral de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion with the coun­try in spring 2012. Co­op­er­a­tion with Myanmar will focus on sus­tain­able economic de­vel­op­ment. The aim is to support in particular small and medium-sized companies and create employment opportunities primarily in rural areas with a view to supporting the country's reform process and national reconciliation.

Entwicklungsminister Gerd Müller im Gespräch mit der myanmarischen Friedensnobelpreisträgerin Aung San Suu Kyi

Copyright: Michael Gottschalk/photothek

The first tangible results are beginning to take shape. German de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion activities include, for instance, projects with mango farmers and tea producers in Shan State, which are aimed at improving value chains and creating better income opportunities for the people. German experts are involved in the vocational training sector, too. And co­op­er­a­tion is being expanded in the area of rural de­vel­op­ment. This involves, for instance, constructing rural roads, decentralised electrification and training.

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