Ota meets Myanmar president

Kyodo

Visiting Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Akihiro Ota has met with Myanmar President Thein Sein at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, state media reported Tuesday.

The meeting Monday focused on infrastructure development projects in Myanmar, including upgrading airports and rail services, electric power generation, tourism industry promotion and preventative measures against natural disasters, the state-run New Light of Myanmar daily said.

On Saturday, a consortium of Mitsubishi Corp. and a Japan Airlines Co. affiliate won a contract to repair and operate an international airport serving Mandalay. Further, the Japan International Cooperation Agency is engaged in the process of upgrading Myanmar’s rail systems.

Thein Sein at the meeting expressed his gratitude for Japan’s crucial role in establishing the Thilawa Special Economic Zone near the country’s commercial center, Yangon, the report said.

The president also told Ota he was happy that entrepreneurs from Japan will cooperate in creating the Dawei Special Economic Zone project, jointly planned with neighboring Thailand, near the town of Dawei in southern Myanmar, it said.

Ota in return expressed his appreciation for having the chance to cooperate in all aspects of Myanmar’s development.