Don to dis­cuss Rakhine plans, air deal on Myan­mar visit

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For­eign Min­is­ter Don Pra­mud­winai will sign the Thai­land-Myan­mar Air Ser­vices Agree­ment and a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MoU) on the Project on the De­vel­op­ment of Shrimp Cul­ture in Rakhine State dur­ing his of­fi­cial visit to Nay Pyi Taw to­mor­row.

He is vis­it­ing for the 9th Meet­ing of the Joint Com­mis­sion for Bi­lat­eral Co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Thai­land and Myan­mar (JC9), which is de­signed to en­hance re­la­tions with Myan­mar.

The MoU will see Thai­land fund­ing the re­con­struc­tion of the Shrimp Cul­ture Demon­stra­tion Cen­tre in Sit­twe, Myan­mar.

The MoU is aimed at lay­ing the ground­work for Thai­land’s co­op­er­a­tion in longterm, sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment in Rakhine state.

Min­is­ter Don will meet Myan­mar’s Union Min­is­ter for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion U Kyaw Tin to dis­cuss a wide ranges of is­sues, in­clud­ing se­cu­rity, bor­der, and labour co­op­er­a­tion; mea­sures against hu­man traf­fick­ing, money laun­der­ing, and drug smug­gling; and new co­op­er­a­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties, ac­cord­ing to a doc­u­ment ap­proved by the cab­i­net last Tues­day.

They will also touch on the sit­u­a­tion in Rakhine state, as well as the peace process and na­tional rec­on­cil­i­a­tion in Myan­mar.

On trade and in­vest­ment, the two will dis­cuss ef­forts to iden­tify and elim­i­nate trade bar­ri­ers, and pro­mote trade and in­vest­ment, par­tic­u­larly in bor­der ar­eas. Both sides are also ex­pected to reaf­firm their com­mit­ment to dou­bling the cur­rent trade vol­ume as it­er­ated by Pres­i­dent U Win Myint of Myan­mar dur­ing his of­fi­cial visit to Thai­land last year.

Af­ter the meet­ing, the 70th An­niver­sary of the Es­tab­lish­ment of Thai­land-Myan­mar Diplo­matic Re­la­tions will be cel­e­brated, with Myan­mar’s State Coun­sel­lor Aung San Suu Kyi sched­uled to at­tend to hon­our the oc­ca­sion.

To fur­ther strengthen the part­ner­ship be­tween Thai­land and Myan­mar, the govern­ments will reaf­firm the need to ex­change high-level and min­is­te­rial vis­its to en­hance re­la­tion­ships and multi-di­men­sional co­op­er­a­tion.

The Myan­mar govern­ment also ex­pects to ex­tend an in­vi­ta­tion to Gen Prayut to pay an of­fi­cial visit to Myan­mar, ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ment.

The Eighth Meet­ing of the Thai­landMyan­mar Joint Com­mis­sion, hosted by Thai­land, was held in Chi­ang Mai in July 2015. The next meet­ing is sched­uled to be held in Thai­land next year. Thai­land was the first coun­try that the cur­rent Myan­mar govern­ment held such meet­ings with.

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