Nachrichten

 

Hopes for closer economic ties as Myanmar’s head of government visits Prague

 
photo:  (radio.cz)
 

Czech-Burmese relations are getting closer. That was the main message of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate turned State Counsellor of Myanmar, during her visit to Prague this week. Leading Czech dignitaries have hosted the Burmese head of government with both sides stressing the aim to establish closer business ties as top of the agenda.

 
 

Ms. Suu Kyi kicked off her one-week visit to Central Europe with a visit to Prague this weekend.

On Monday, she met with Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and told journalists that ties between the two countries are getting closer.

“It is a pleasure for me to be here in Prague for the second time in about 7 years. I am here especially in order to reopen our embassy in Prague. This is a sign that our relationship with the Czech Republic is getting closer.”

Boosting the relationship could help the Asian state, which only quite recently opened up to the rest of the world.

Despite solid projections for at least the next five years, Myanmar’s economic growth is slowing down according to the World Bank and the country is hoping to attract foreign investment.

This was highlighted when Ms. Suu Kyi pointed to the advantages for the Czech Republic in deepening business cooperation.

“We like to say that Myanmar is the last frontier for economic expansion for Southeast Asia and we hope that will be attractive for the Czech Republic, which is making enormous strides as far as the economy is concerned.”

Czech leaders have been stressing the need to prioritize economic diplomacy in their country’s foreign policy for years and delegations from both countries have in fact been in business negotiations for some years.

However, Monday’s meeting was the first time talks were held between the two countries’ heads of government.

Aside from closer economic ties, both leaders also agreed on increasing cooperation in the health and education sectors.

Mr. Babiš further stated that humanitarian and development support for Myanmar makes up 10 percent of the Czech Foreign Ministry’s aid budget.

Human rights, an issue for which Myanmar and, since her ascension to power, Ms. Suu Kyi herself, have been criticised for, were discussed too.

However, it was clear from Mr. Babiš’s press briefing that the Czech Republic will not set any conditions in this respect for the agreed cooperation to take place.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček, who recently announced a renewed focus on human rights in Czech foreign policy at a speech in the UN building in Geneva, met with the Burmese leader for breakfast on Tuesday morning.

He tweeted afterwards that the Czech Republic is still closely following the situation of human rights in the country and welcomed the release of two Reuter’s journalists there.

The two then attended the bilateral Czech-Myanmar economic forum held in conjunction with the visit.

Ms. Suu Kyi is meeting with President Miloš Zeman at Prague Castle on Tuesday afternoon, after which she will travel to Hungary.

 
Autor: Český rozhlas Radio Praha
 
Datum: 04.06.2019
 
 
 

Mehr zum Thema

 
Nachrichten
 
 

Besteuerung von Kirchenrestitutionen...

Die Kirchenrestitutionen werden nicht besteuert. Das Verfassungsgericht hat das Vorhaben gestoppt.

 
 
Nachrichten
 
 

Tschechien stellt Waffenlieferungen...

Die Lage in Nordostsyrien wird immer bedrohlicher. Nicht nur, dass zunehmend türkische Militärkonvois in...

 
 
Nachrichten
 
 

Keine Entschuldigung im Fall Peroutka

Seit vier Jahren bereits hält ein Fall rund um Ferdinand Peroutka die Gerichte auf Trab. Es geht um eine...

 
 
Nachrichten
 
 

Beratungen zur Außenpolitik: Kosovo...

Explosive Themen standen auf dem Programm beim Treffen der Staatspitzen zur Außenpolitik am Donnerstag...

 
Favoriten

Die Geschichte der bildenden Kunst

Was geschah in der bildenden Kunst am Wendepunkt der böhmischen Geschichte…

Klima

Tschechische Republik ist ein Binnenland, das in der milden Breite der…

Große Entdeckungen der Gegenwart

In den letzten Jahrzehnten wartete die tschechische Wissenschaft mit vielen…

Tschechisch

Tschechisch gehört zur Gruppe der westslawischen Sprachen. Aus einer anderen…

Traditionelle Produkte

Die tschechische Industrieproduktion hat eine reiche Tradition und viele ihrer…

Traditionelle Produkte

Die tschechische Industrieproduktion hat eine reiche Tradition und viele ihrer…

 
 

Facebook