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                       INFORMATION SHEET

No.A-0174(I)					    Date. 18-10-97

(1)		Joint Communique Issued on the Occasion of the State Visit  	to the
Union of Myanmar of His Excellency Fidel V Ramos, 	President of the Republic
of the Philippines

		During the visit, the following Agreements and Memoranda were signed: 

		(a) Agreement on the Establishment of a Joint Commission of 	Bilateral

		(b) Trade Agreement; 

		(c) Memorandum of Agreement on Cooperation Against Illicit Traf	ficking of
Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances and 	Abuses thereof; and 

		(d) Memorandum of Understanding on the Promotion of Technical Cooperation
in Forestry and Forest Industries Development, it is learnt.

(2)		Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications Introduces CDMA Telephone 	System
in Yangon

		`Myanmar Posts and Telecommunication opened a ceremony to introduce CDMA
telephone system in Bahan Township (Yangon). Speaking on the occasions,
Minister for Communications, Posts and Telegraphs U Soe Tha said the CDMA
system introduced today has 1,000 lines at Shwegondine Station and another
2,000 lines at a communication station in Pabedan Township (Yangon). Each
station has a ten-mile communication radius, affecting 22 townships in Yangon
Division. There are 88,000 phone lines and 21 exchange stations in Yangon, he
said. Work is in progress installing communication equipment in
(3)		Myanma Insurance, Mitsui Marine and Fire Insurance Company 	Ltd 	of
Japan Agree to Form Joint Venture 
		Myanma Insurance Mitsui Marine and Fire Insurance Company Ltd of Japan
signed an MoU on 17 October to form Myanmar Mitsui Joint Venture Insurance

(4)		MSE, CAMC Agree to Build Two 2,000-ton Sugar Mills
		Myanmar Sugacane Enterprise and China National Construction and
Agricultural Machinery Import and Export Coporation (CAMC) of People's
Republic of China on 17 October signed contract to build two 2,000-ton
capacity sugar mills in Myanmar. The ministry is planning to build ten sugar
mills and the present two are the eight and the ninth.

(5)		Indonesia Donates Cash for Flood Victims
		Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia Mr A Poerwato Lenggono  called
Minister for Social Welfare Relief and Resettlement Maj-Gen Soe Myint at his
office. Mr Poerwato Lenggono presented cash to Maj-Gen Soe Myint for Myanmar
flood victims.


(A)		Chairman of Myanmar Investment Commission Vice-Admiral Maung Maung Khin
received Managing Director of Myanmar Zuellig Pharma Co Ltd Mr Peter Zuellig
and party at his office.

(B)		Chairman of Myanmar Investment Commission Vice-Admiral Maung Maung Khin
received President of Mitsui Marine and Fire Insurance Co Ltd Mr T Inokuchi
and party at his office.

(C) 		Minister for Progress of Border Areas and National Races Lt-Gen Maung
Thint received General Manager of Mitsui Marine and Fire Insurance Co Ltd Mr
Satoshi Ichihara and party at his office.

(D)		Secretary of Myanmar Investment Commission Brig-Gen Maung Maung received
Chief Operating Officer of New Toyo Management Services Pte Ltd Mr Peter Chua
and party at Myanmar Investment Commission Office.

(E)		Minister for Cooperatives U Than Aung received Managing Director of
Zuellig Pharma Co Ltd Dr Zuellig and party at his office. They discussed
bilateral cooperatives cooperation between the two countries.  Mayangon
(Yangon) to operate 1,000 new lines, in Pazundaung (Yangon) to operate 3,000
new lines, which will be completed within this fiscal, he stated, adding
plans are being made to extend more lines. There are now 80 auto exchange
stations and 416 manual exchange stations in Myanmar, operating nearly
200,000 lines, he said, and plans are under way to switch manual to auto
systems. A project which will be implemented for development of communication
system in Yangon, other States and Divisions and border areas and work is
under way to install under water cable system to communicate with 34 nations,
he said. Then the minister formally opened the station.