Andris PIEBALGS, Member of the EC in charge of Development in Burma/Myanmar
Première transmission: 13/02/2012
Fin de production: 13/02/2012
Andris PIEBALGS, EU Commissioner in charge of Development has met on Monday, February 13, Myanmar president U Thein Sein and the Lower House Speaker U Shwe Mann in Nay Pyi Taw with the German development minister, Dirk Niebel. It's the first EU official visit to Myanmar. After the meeting, Andris PIEBALGS said that if by-elections in April were free and fair, more sanctions were likely to be eased. He said that sanctions are definitely affecting Burmese growth and were painful for the government because they impeded potential for foreign investment.
Commissioner Andris PIEBLAGS also announced an aid package of nearly €150 million aimed at health, education and basic infrastructure during a speech at the Conference on Development Policy Options in Nay Pyi Taw.
- meeting with the President of the Parliament
- meeting with President Thein Sein
- statement by Andris PIEBALGS, Member of the EC in charge of Development
- participation in the Conference on Development Policy Options (DPO)
- meeting with Minister for Education
- meeting with Minister for Transport
- meeting with Minister for Health
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||External shot of the Lower House, Nay Pyi Taw
|| arrivals of Andris PIEBALGS, Member of the EC in charge of Development and Dirk NIEBEL, German Development Minister, inside the Lower House
||Meeting between Andris PIEBALGS, Member of the EC in charge of Development, and Dirk NIEBEL, German Development Minister with U Shwe Mann, Myanmar Lower House Speaker
||Pan shot of President House
||General views of meeting between Andris PIEBALGS, Member of the EC in charge of Development and Dirk NIEBEL, German Development Minister with Myanmar President U Thein Sein
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Andris PIEBALGS, Member of the EC in charge of Development: "Basically, what we have been looking for is what are the chances for the continuation of reforms, how way to far humans rights developments (will continue), and definitively what we believe that is one of the most important part : the by elections on the first of April, and as my colleague said, it's also preparation for these elections possibilities to participate in campaign and definitely, is that elections are free and fair"
||External shot of Myanmar International Convention Center
||European flag in front of the Myanmar International Convention Center
||General view of Conference on Development Policy Options
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Andris PIEBALGS, Member of the EC in charge of Development:
"My point is EU is very much involved in the process, we called for a joined program, that you have countries development plans and you try to build the donors support objectives in complement way. (cutaway) And I believe, at least, the development aids increasing is crucial and important and that we will find the best possible form on how to work together to support the development process."
||External view of Myanmar Education Ministry
||General view of meeting with Myanmar Minister of Education, Dr. Mya Aye
||external view of Myanmar Railways Ministry
||General view of meeting with Myanmar Minister of Railways, U Aung Min
||External view of Myanmar Health Ministry
||General view of meeting with Myanmar Minister of Health, Dr. Pe Thet Khin
|| SOUNDBITE (English) by Andris PIEBALGS, Member of the EC in charge of Development:
"I did not promise anything because I have not the power of the twenty seven members countries. They should agree on this but I clearly say well, if the process continues, the sanctions will be lifted as soon as possible."
||External view of Nay Pyi Taw