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Information Sheet No. A-0161(I)

                                        Information Sheet
No. A-0161(I)					                  Date.8-10-97
(1)		Myanmar Delegation Concludes Russian Federation Visit
		Myanmar goodwill delegation led by Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation
Lt-Gen Myint Aung arrived back Yangon on 7 October after visiting Russian
Federation from 28 September to 4 October at the invitation of Deputy Prime
Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Food Mr Khlistun. The delegation
discussed with Russian officials in detail programmes to sign contracts on
bilateral promotion of agriculture and food production, industrial
development, extension of marine products at the Ministry of Agriculture and
Food. They sought opportunities to form partnership in installation of hydel
power generators at dam projects in Myanmar during their visit to Hydro
Project Stock Joint Company. 
		Accompanied by Ambassador U Khin Nyunt and delegation members, Minister
Lt-Gen Myint Aung called on First Deputy Prime Minister Mr Bulgak, who
received them on behalf of the Russian Federation Government, at the
Parliament. Talks were on extension of existing bilateral friendly relations
and cooperation, extended participation in international and regional
affairs, opposing of obstructions and exchange of high-level delegations.
Discussion on production of paddy, tea, fruits, vegetables, sugarcane and
sugarbased edible products, construction of irrigation facilities and
cooperation on mutual interest.
		At Rice Research Department, they studied production of quality paddy
strains, programmes to raise per acre yield and quality paddy strains. They
also discussed with officials on exchange of experts and research
cooperation. On 1 October, they observed preparations for winter wheat
cultivation in the region and Tomashevsky Sugar Plant, the largest in Russia,
which can mill 6,000 tons of sugar beets per day and produce 150,000 tons of
sugar annually. They also studied production of sugarbased value-added goods.
They visited Pirodorovsky Hydroscheme Dam on Kuban River. 
		They also visited Krasnodarsky Tea Company at Sochi region and studied tea
production. They met experts and sought means to develop tea production in
Myanmar. In Moscow, they visited Institute of Agro-Engineering and farm
machinery and studied dam construction techniques. They signed MoUs with
Russian officials on cooperation between the Ministry of Agriculture and
Irrigation of Myanmar and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of Russia and
on construction of multipurpose dams in Myanmar jointly by the Ministry of
A&I and Hydro Project Stock Joint Company of Russia. The MoUs cover offering
of courses for Myanmar trainees till they finish the doctorate, exchange of
experts, use of Russian techniques in Myanmar's agriculture and water
utilization, formation of joint ventures between the enterprises of the two
nations and rendering of Russian techniques in Myanmar farm mechanization
efforts, fulfilling of Myanmar's fertilizer requirements on mutual terms and
cooperation in implementation of dams projects, hydel power projects and
pumped-water projects.
(A)		Minister for Transport Lt-Gen Thein Win received Deputy Director-General
Mr Dao Manh Nhoung of Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam and party,
currently in Myanmar to discuss ASEAN Sub-Regional Air Services Arrangement,
at his office.
(B)		Minister for Livestock and Fisheries U Aung Thaung received Chairman of
KLK Resources Sdn Bhd of Malaysia Mr Abdul Karaf Bin Haji Shafie and party at
his office.