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EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed Meets With State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi to Discuss Economic Development and Job Creation

Myanmar Ministers Focus on Engaging Private Sector Investment in Energy, Agriculture, Infrastructure; Discussions in Naypyidaw Conclude U.S. Delegation’s Economic Visit to Indo-Pacific Region

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 27, 2020

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NAYPYIDAW – Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) President and Chairman Kimberly A. Reed today took part in economic discussions with Myanmar (Burma) government officials in the capital city of Naypyidaw as part of a U.S. economic delegation visit to the Indo-Pacific region.

The U.S. delegation met with Myanmar‘s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (Myanmar’s de facto leader), Minister for Investment and Foreign Economic Relations Thaung Tun, Minister for Planning, Finance, and Industry Soe Win, and other key economic officials.

State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi and EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed
State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi and EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed

Chairman Reed discussed how EXIM’s transparent financing can help Myanmar procure high-quality “Made in the USA” goods and services including in areas specifically mentioned by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the Ministers, including energy, agriculture, and infrastructure. 

“It was a tremendous honor to talk with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi about democracy, the needs of her country, and the role of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. We are collectively focused on supporting economic growth, jobs, diverse industries, and small business,” said Chairman Reed. “Daw Suu and Ministers Thaung Tun and Soe Win emphasized that Myanmar wants to build a strong relationship with the United States. As their government considers new, balanced, sustainable, and transparent approaches to economic development, our large U.S. delegation—comprised of six government agencies, including EXIM—along with the American private sector, look forward to future engagement and investment in Myanmar.”

Minister for Investment and Foreign Economic Relations Thaung Tun with the U.S. Delegation
Minister for Investment and Foreign Economic Relations Thaung Tun with the U.S. Delegation

Chairman Reed also joined U.S. Department of Commerce Acting Under Secretary for International Trade Joseph Semsar for an American Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar roundtable discussion with U.S. companies, including John Deere, Caterpillar, and Ford, interested in doing business in Myanmar.

American Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar Roundtable (L-R): Lawson Kluttz, Chief of Staff, ITA, Commerce; Charity Wallace, Managing Director, DFC; Joseph Semsar, Acting Under Secretary for International Trade, Commerce; Kimberly Reed, Chairman, EXIM; Luke Lindberg, SVP, EXIM
American Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar Roundtable (L-R): Lawson Kluttz, Chief of Staff, ITA, Commerce; Charity Wallace, Managing Director, DFC; Joseph Semsar, Acting Under Secretary for International Trade, Commerce; Kimberly Reed, Chairman, EXIM; Luke Lindberg, SVP, EXIM

In each of the meetings, Chairman Reed also highlighted how EXIM’s Program on China and Transformational Exports can play a new role in further supporting high-quality U.S. exports to the Indo-Pacific region, including in key industries such as wireless communication (5G), biomedical sciences, agriculture biotechnology, emerging financial technologies (including those technologies focused on combatting money laundering), renewable energy, and water treatment and sanitation.

U.S. Embassy to Myanmar Chargé d’Affaires Gwendolyn Cardno joined the U.S. delegation—which is being led by U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) CEO Adam Boehler, and includes senior government officials from DFC, EXIM, and the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Energy, State, and Treasury—for today’s meetings. In addition to Chairman Reed, EXIM Senior Vice President Luke Lindberg also is representing the agency.

Today’s visit to Myanmar concludes the U.S. delegation’s successful three country visit in the Indo-Pacific region. The U.S. delegation previously visited Indonesia and Vietnam as part of their economic and trade engagement in the region.

EXIM’s engagement with the Indo-Pacific region continues virtually today and tomorrow during the 2020 Indo-Pacific Business Forum, which is taking place in Hanoi, Vietnam and being hosted by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. Chairman Reed will underscore EXIM’s commitment to supporting health care, biomedical science, and biotechnology exports during a Memorandum of Understanding signing with USA Healthcare Alliance (USAHA) Chair and Founder Dr. Trevor Gunn. Additionally, EXIM Chief Banking Officer Stephen Renna will participate in the forum on a panel discussion entitled, “Promoting Infrastructure Investment in the Indo-Pacific for a Better Future” and EXIM Senior Vice President for the Program on China and Transformational Exports David Trulio will participate in a panel discussion entitled, “U.S. Economic and Foreign Assistance Strategy Across the Indo-Pacific.”

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