Myanmar opposition leader leaves for first visit to Singapore

2013-09-20 02:52:41 GMT2013-09-20 10:52:41(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

YANGON, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi left here Friday morning on her first visit to Singapore at the invitation of the Singaporean government, sources with the National League for Democracy (NLD) said.

Aung San Suu Kyi's five-day Singapore visit came two days after she returned from a five-day trip to three Eastern European nations, namely Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia. In January this year, she had visited the United States and South Korea.

Aung San Suu Kyi, who is the chairperson of the NLD and a parliamentarian, is to attend the Singapore Summit, during which she will deliver a speech on Myanmar's transition.

Aung San Suu Kyi, also chairperson of the Committee for Rule of Law and Tranquility of the Lower House, will meet Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Parliament Speaker Haliamah Yacob as well as Grace Fu, Minister at the Prime Minister 's Office and second minister for environment and water resources and second minister for foreign affairs, the sources said.

Besides visiting Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and giving lecture at Singapore Management University, she will also meet Myanmar community at the Resort World Sentosa.

Moreover, she will receive a briefing from the Economic Development Board, the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau ( CPIB) and the Ministry of Education.

In April this year, Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam paid a state visit to Myanmar, during which he met with the opposition leader in addition to government leaders.

Singapore is making increased investment in Myanmar at a time when the country is in need of capital, technology and human resources to implement its economic reform process for development.

According to figures from Singapore, in 2012, bilateral trade between Myanmar and Singapore reached 2.782 billion U.S. dollars, of which Myanmar's export to Singapore amounted to 282.89 million U.S. dollars while its import from Singapore valued at 2.5 billion U.S. dollars.

Myanmar official statistics showed that Singapore's investment in Myanmar amounted to 2.358 billion U.S.dollars as of July 2013 in 90 projects, accounting for 5.49 percent of the total since Myanmar opened to such investment in late 1988 and standing the 6th in Myanmar's foreign investment line-up.

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