Minister Müller: elections in Myanmar pave the way for peaceful development of the country

Construction of a school in Rangoon, Myanmar, supported by German development cooperation

Press release of 12.11.2015 |

Federal Development Minister Gerd Müller paid tribute to the peaceful and transparent parliamentary elections held in Myanmar on 8 November 2015. "The elections in Myanmar provide the foundation on which freedom and democracy can be built in the country," Müller stated in Berlin after the final results were officially announced. "I extend my congratulations to the National League for Democracy (NLD) and to its chairperson, Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, for their remarkable victory. The country is facing huge challenges. People in Myanmar want peace and opportunities in life. Germany will continue to support these efforts in the future."

Minister Müller commended the military and President Thein Sein and the defeated government party for accepting the results and for declaring their intention to contribute to a peaceful, democratic transition.

The challenges for the new government are tremendous. The country needs rapid economic progress that benefits all population groups, in particular ethnic minorities. In addition, rapid relief is needed for the people who are suffering from the effects of the flooding of the last few months. The BMZ will make ten million euros available for the reconstruction of roads and bridges in the affected regions.

Since political and economic reforms began in 2012, the BMZ has committed roughly 132 million euros, in particular to promote SMEs, vocational education and training, electrification and road construction. The focus of German development cooperation is on the crisis-prone Shan state in the east of the country, bordering China, Laos and Thailand.

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