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U.S. Companies Engage Leaders, Business, Civil Society in Myanmar

(Yangon) A delegation of leading U.S. businesses today concluded the third annual US-ASEAN Business Council business mission to Myanmar. They began their trip in Naypyitaw by meeting with Myanmar’s most senior leaders, including President U Thein Sein, Speaker of the Lower House Thura U Shwe Mann, and NLD Chairwoman Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as well as numerous ministers, and then traveled to Yangon to meet with members of civil society such as 88 generation groups and the U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar and to visit the Thilawa Special Economic Zone. The delegation was led by the Chairman of the US-ASEAN Business Council’s Myanmar of Committee, Mariano Vela, who is also President of Chevron Myanmar, and Alexander Feldman, President and CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council.

“During this mission we have seen first-hand the remarkable progress Myanmar has made since the Council brought the first U.S. Business Mission here two days after the suspension of sanctions in 2012,” said Council President and CEO Alexander Feldman. “While more progress remains to be made, U.S. companies now have a vital, growing presence in Myanmar, ranging from investments in energy, manufacturing, and power generation, to legal services, financial services, and consumer products. Those investments bring with them world-class Corporate Social Responsibility projects and game-changing respect for environmental and labor best practices. While work remains to be done to improve Myanmar’s physical, soft and regulatory infrastructure, the government is committed to engaging with U.S. business to continue streamlining the business environment and creating opportunities for Myanmar’s people.”

The delegation focused their discussions on:  1; offering their strong support for the continuation of Myanmar’s economic reforms, including the continued evolution of the legal and regulatory environment, 2; supporting the continued development of effective infrastructure in Myanmar, including both physical and digital infrastructure, 3; supporting the development of Myanmar’s human capacity, including support for training and education as well as healthcare and access to clean water and sanitation, and 4; offering support for Myanmar’s ASEAN chairmanship and its growing regional role.

Companies participating on the delegation include the Council’s Myanmar Committee Chair Chevron, the Myanmar Committee Vice-Chairs Baker & McKenzie, GE, and P&G, and ACE, AIG, Baxter, Caterpillar, Citi, ConocoPhillips, Covidien, Deloitte, ExxonMobil, FedEx, Ford, GM, Intel, Oracle, Pfizer, RMA, and Visa.

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