EU-Myanmar Task Force: meeting between Antonio Tajani and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and speech by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
The first EU-Myanmar Task Force took place in Yangon and Naypyidaw, in Myanmar/Burma, from 13 to 15 November 2013.
The purpose of the Task Force is to provide comprehensive support to the transition in Myanmar/Burma by bringing together all of the tools and mechanisms – both political and economic (development aid, peace process support, investments) – available to the EU.
On 14 November, Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson and General Secretary of the National League for Democracy of Myanmar/Burma. They also took part in the Development Forum organised at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) in Yangon.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, meeting with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson and General Secretary of the National League for Democracy of Myanmar/Burma:SOUNDBITE by Antonio Tajani (in ENGLISH) saying that he came to Myanmar/Burma with 100 European entrepreneurs who want to invest in the country, who want to do business there; Myanmar/Burma is a big opportunity for European companies;saying that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is the best ambassador for her country around the world and Europe would like to work with her.
||SOUNDBITE by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (in ENGLISH):I would like responsible investment, responsible in the broad sense, not just limiting it to social responsibilities or environmental responsibilities, but broader responsibilities with regard to what we are trying to achieve in this country, because we are in a process of transition to democracy. We have not completed that process by any means and as we try to complete this transition to democracy, we need the right kind of investment and business environment, as well as the right kind of politics, the right kind of social development, the right kind of financial development. A whole spectrum of development is needed for our country. We would like investment to be part of our efforts to develop our country in the best possible way, inclusive development that will help all our people gain a part of the benefits that derive from democratisation and from any kind of progress in investments and business in economic development. So, this is what I would like the European Union to be aware of, the European entrepreneurs to be aware of, that we are not against investment by any means, we are for investment of the right kind with full awareness of the political, social and environmental needs of the people. Economics alone is not enough to make a complete life for a nation. We have to have stability, we have to have peace. Peace and stability depend on factors other than pure economics. What is most important is that those who want to do business in Myanmar/Burma should think of engaging with the country in a broad way, not just confining yourself to one small sector where you will be making profits. I expect businesses to make profits.
||SOUNDBITE by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (in ENGLISH):There is never an end to politics. It goes on as long as people go on, as long as the world goes on. It is a continuous effort to make sure that politics follows the right path. Is does not happen by itself automatically. It is continuous, it is day to day, it is year to year, it is decade to decade, it is generation to generation. So what we are building is not for tomorrow.
||Daw Aung San Suu Kyi participating in the Development Forum, at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), in Yangon (3 shots)