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Information Sheet No.A-0701 (I)

Information  Sheet

                              No.A-0701 (I)

(1)		First Joint Meeting Held on Japan-Myanmar CCI Business Cooperation

		The first joint meeting on the Japan-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and
Industry Business Cooperation was held at the Traders Hotel  on 20 November.
President of the Union of Myanmar CCI and Chairman of Japan-Myanmar CCI
Business Cooperation Committees Mr Tomoo Takahara extended the greetings.
Director-General of the Directorate of Trade read the message of Chairman of
the State Peace and Development Council Prime Minister Senior General Than
Shwe. Minister-Counsellor of the Japanese Embassy Mr Yochihiko Kamo read the
message of Prime Minister of Japan Mr Keizo Obuchi. Vice-President of UMCCI
submitted a paper on macroeconomy and investment environment of Myanmar in
1998. Professor of Department of Economics of Osaka Sangyo University Mr
Minoru Kiryu made a comment. President of Japan Entrepreneurs Association Mr
Osamitsu Yamada submitted a paper on the current situation and the trend of
Japan-Myanmar economic relations. Vice-President of UMCCI made a comment. A
seminar on possibilities of industrial development and business opportunities
in Myanmar, co-sponsored by the Sasakawa Foundation was held in the afternoon.
The papers on food processing, on marine products on timber products were
submitted by Myanmar Enterprenuers. Professor Tetsuo Minato of the School of
International Politics and Economics of Aoyamagakuin University submitted a
paper on Japanese small business and inter-firm productivity. Associate
Professor of Department of Management Studies of the Institute of Economics of
Myanmar made a comment. Professor Yoshiaki Ueda of University of Marketing and
Distribution Sciences submitted a paper on " Japanese direct investment in
Asia - a message for Myanmar from Vietnam".

(2)		MEPE and CITIC Sign Agreement on Implementation of Hydroelectric Power

		Myanma Electric Power Enterprise (MEPE) of the Ministry of Electric Power
and China International Trust and Investment Corporation Technology Co Ltd
(CITIC) of the People's Republic of China signed an agreement on
implementation of Mone Creek Hydroelectric Power Project and Thaphanseik
Hydroelectric Power Project at the International Business Centre on Pyay Road
on 20 November morning. Managing Director of MEPE and President of CITIC Mr
Sun Xiaowen signed the agreement, and exchanged documents. Mone Creek
Reservoir Hydroelectric Power Project is being implemented over Mone Creek in
Sedoktara Township, Magway Division, and on completion, the project can
generate 330 million kwh per year. Thaphanseik Reservoir Hydroelectric Power
Project is being implemented on Mu River near Thaphanseik Village 12 miles
west of Thityabin, Kanbalu Township, Sagaing Division, and on completion, the
project can generate 117 million kwh per year.

(3)		Daiyukai Medical Foundation Donates Medical Equipment 

		Daiyukai Medical Foundation of Japan donated medical equipment at the
Medical Research Department on Ziwaka Road 20 November. President and Chief
Director Dr. Shinichi Ito explained about the donation. Dr Shinichi  Ito
presented medical equipment to Minister for Health. After the ceremony, the
officials and invited guests  inspected medical equipment, 40 beds and other
laboratory equipment.

(4)		Nihon Sogyo Co Donates Cash to Repair Thazi BEHS 2, BEPS 4

		Chairman Mr Mochizuki of Nihon Sogyo Co Ltd of Japan presented cash to
Deputy Minister for Education Brig-Gen Soe Win Maung at the Ministry of
Education on 20 November morning for repairing Basic Education High School No
2 and Basic Education Primary School No 4 of Thazi Township under the Ministry
of Education.

(5)		Vessel Built for Singapore Company Launched

		Of the two 50 metre equipment carriers Myanma Shipyards (MS) agreed to build
for Java Marine Lines Pte Ltd of Singapore, the first one was launched on 20
November at Sinmalaik Dockyard, Kamayut Township, Yangon. The agreement to
build the boat with a price of 1.85 million Singapore dollars was reached
between the two on 26 May 1997. Building of the vessel, which is the third
foreign order for MS, began on 15 August 1997. Deputy Ministers for Transport
formally launched the vessel, which is 55.5 metres long and 12 metres wide,
with a draught of 2.2 metres. Built under the inspection of American Bureau of
Shipping, an international vessel inspection organization, the ship can carry
640 tons of freight and a crew of up to 22. With two 540-HP engines, it can
cruise at 8.3 knots per hour.

(6)		Deputy Prime Minister Meets Member of House of Representatives of Japan

		Deputy Prime Minister Vice-Admiral Maung Maung Khin met member of the House
of Representatives and former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Mr Kabun
Muto and party, who called at his office on 20 November.

(7)		Mandalay UFL will Open New Diploma Courses

		The full-time diploma Chinese, Japanese and English Language courses for
1998-99 academic year of Mandalay University of Foreign Languages of the
Higher Education Department (Upper Myanmar) of the Ministry of Education will
open on 14 December (Monday) 1998.