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The Hindu : Singapore to push trade ties with Myanmar
Jan 22,1996

A high-level Singapore delegation that includes three Ministers, 
left today for Myanmar on five-day visit that is indicative of 
increased interest in the economy of that country.

Led by the Trade and Industry Minister, Mr. Yeo Cheow Tong,
the Singapore delegation will participate in the inaugural meeting of 
the joint Ministerial Working committee set up last year to strengthen 
and expand trade and investment links. Accompanying the Trade Minister 
are Singapore's Minister for Communications, Mr. Mah Bow Tan and the 
National Development Minister, Mr. Lim Hug Kiang.

The two countries have decided to focus attention on tourism, agro business, 
telecommunications and infrastructure development, Singapore has till now 
concentrated on the first tow areas. The visit is described here as a " milestone "
in Singapore-Myanmar relations," which have progressed steadily since the 
Prime Minister, Mr. Goh Chok Tong, visited Yangon in March 1994. These 
developments, especially the opening of a Trade Office in Yangon, and the 
virtual competition among ASEAN countries to capture the Myanmar market, 
have again raised the question- Is democracy in Myanmar being 

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