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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs    18 October 2012 

Myanmar President Thein Sein re-elected to head party

17- Oct- 2012
 Burma’s President Thein Sein was re-elected as chairman of the ruling state party but he named a fellow reformer Shwe Mann, the speaker of the Lower House of Parliament, to take over the day-to-day running of the party.

Shwe Mann was re-elected one of the party’s three vice chairmen, along with Htay Oo, a former party general-secretary, and Aye Myint, the chairman of a parliamentary committee on sports, culture, and public relations development. The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) held its annual conference attended by hundreds of party members in the capital Naypyidaw.

The speaker is seen as a growing rival to the president, who has spearheaded the country’s reforms since taking the helm of government in March 2011 following decades of military rule.

The Voice of America reported on Wednesday that there had been talk the military-backed USPD might try to replace Thein Sein with his main rival, Shwe Mann.

Shwe Mann is considered to harbor hopes for the presidency after the 2015 polls, and some USDP members had said before Tuesday’s executive committee vote that they expected him to be named party chairman. The president f Burma is not directly elected by the people, but confirmed by Parliament after being named with the approval of  various union-level governing bodies.

“The conference is important as it will lay down guidance for the party for the 2015 election,” conference committee chairman Aung Thaung told Radio Free Asia (RFA).

In addition to electing party leaders on Tuesday, the USDP also reorganized the 44-member Central Executive Committee from among some 300 members of a larger panel.

The USDP won three quarters of the seats in parliament in the last general election in November 2010, which Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) boycotted.

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First time outside China and first time in Bangkok: A Multi-Billion$ industry event
The 7th Railworld Summit 2012, Oct 24-26, 2012. The Dusit Thani hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

China’s leading event organizer CDMC (China Decision Makers Consultancy) and AABC (AseanAffairs Business Council) – the business platform of C.I.A. (China-India-Asean) and AseanAffairs- the only global media dedicated to SE Asia brings to Bangkok and Asean for the first time, the prestigious Rail World Summit 2012 to be held for the seventh time and first time outside China.

Southeast Asia is one of the most dynamic, fast-growing regions in the world today. It offers a market of 590 million people, rich natural resources, skilled labor, and an export industry concentrated in global high-growth sectors – all tied together in a free-trade area, ASEAN.

This year’s event will enter a new chapter in Bangkok, Thailand, 24th-26th October. The three-day summit will address the most critical industry issues in Southeast Asia and globally and will draw attendees from government, railway authorities, projects, equipment and technology companies, aiming to help to gauge the pulse of this dynamic industry and get caught up with the most cutting edge railway technologies.

The market for rail technology in Southeast Asia currently has a volume of approximately EUR 1.8 billion. The market will grow at a significantly higher level than other regions. We expect growth of 6% per year to around EUR 2.4 billion in 2016. Though the region makes up only a small share of market volume for railway technology in Asia compared to China, India and Japan, the region is very interesting for international players due to its relative openness and low local competition.

The summit has been extended to feature a post-congress full-day site tour on the third day, which is a tailor-made site visit with high-end reception designed to witness the remarkable advancement of industry facilities, and will leave with practical skills and new contacts.

The conference will draw over 270 participants, bringing together with government and association, railway authorities, metro/LRT operators, project owners, planning & design institutes, equipment & technology vendor and IT solution companies.

Some of the confirmed companies
from Europe, USA, China, India, Japan, Korea, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia......Beijing Subway Operation Co., Ltd,  Siemens, Chongqing Rail Transit Corporation, AEG Brazilian National Agency for Land Transport, Rutherford Global Power, China Railway Group Limited,  Balfour Beatty Rail,  Shanghai Shentong Metro Co., Ltd, Ministry of Railways P.R.C., ADB ,Knorr-Bremse SfS GmbH, Indian Railways, Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway Co., Ltd, Bayer Materials, Korea Rail Networks Authority, GE Transportation,  BAE Systems, ABB Ashurst, EAO Zoller + Fröhlich GmbH, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd.,Rockwell  Hitachi Cable, Nexans WaveTrain Systems, Itochu, Cisco   RZD ZOOMLION Komatsu, Halfen Rail Innovation Australia Pty Ltd, MAHLE Behr Industry Cooling Equipment (Tianjin) Co., Ltd.  Böhler Uddeholm, MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION, Rogers (Shanghai)

International Trading Co., Ltd. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer TOLL, Royal Cambodia railways, Nanjing Metro, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation,Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd. , Beijing Dinghan Tech Co., Ltd. , HOPPECKE Battery System GmbH, Crane Aerospace, CSM ERL Maintenance Support Sdn Bhd, Metrosolution Zublin, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Fuji Electric, Voestalpine BWG GmbH & Co.KG, MRT Jakarta,  TUV Rhainland, Beijing General Municipal Engineering R & D Institute,  Guangshen Railway Co., Ltd   MOOG   Centro Sviluppo Materiali SpA Ashida ELECTRONICS (P) LTD. ,Technical Expert Network, UBM, Jindal Steel, Herbert Smith Bureau Veritas, China Railway 23rd Bureau Group Co.,Ltd. Bangkok Metro, Bangkok Metropolitan Authority, Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD, Malaysia).

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In the April by-elections, the NLD won 43 out of 44 seats it contested, making it the largest opposition party in parliament.

Thein Sein has left open the possibility of serving another term in office after the 2015 elections.

“If I have my way, I will only serve one term,” said the 67-year-old retired general at a forum in New York last month.  “But of course, the future of the position depends on the needs of the country and the wishes of the people,” he said.

Suu Kyi has indicated that she would serve as president if the country's Constitution can be amended to allow her to qualify for the office. Currently, it denies the presidency to anyone who has family members who are citizens of a foreign country.

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