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Myanmar aims to improve lives, modernise with new reforms

Published on Jan 19, 2013 1:11 PM
 
Myanmar's President Thein Sein walks as he leaves after giving a speech at the first Myanmar Development Cooperation Forum in Naypyitaw on Jan 19, 2013. Myanmar's government will unveil a slew of new reforms to donor countries and international organisations this weekend, aiming to consolidate achievements since the end of military rule in 2011 and also quickly improve the lives of its citizens. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NAYPYITAW (REUTERS) - Myanmar's government will unveil a slew of new reforms to donor countries and international organisations this weekend, aiming to consolidate achievements since the end of military rule in 2011 and also quickly improve the lives of its citizens.

In opening remarks to donors on Saturday, President Thein Sein said the government wanted "a modern, industrialised country" but also stressed the need to develop the agricultural sector and narrow development gaps between the regions.

He told the donors the government wanted their help to raise living standards and skills of its people.

"This will also help us undertake political reforms that are aimed at transforming the country into a modern, developed democracy," he said.

 
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