In her first visit after becoming State Counsellor, Myanmarese leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in India on October 16 on a four-day trip during which she attended BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit in Goa and held talks with Prime Minister Narendra on key bilateral and regional issues.
About Aung San Suu Kyi :
- Aung San Suu Kyi is a Burmese statesperson, politician, diplomat and author who serves as the First and incumbent State Counsellor and Leader of the National League for Democracy.
- She is also the first woman to serve as Minister of Foreign Affairs ofMyanmar, the Minister of the President’s Office, the Minister of Electric Power and Energy, and the Minister of Education in President Htin Kyaw’s Cabinet, and from 2012 to 2016 was a Pyithu Hluttaw MP for Kawhmu Township.
- The youngest daughter ofAung San, Father of the Nation of modern-day Myanmar, and Khin Kyi, Aung San Suu Kyi was born in Rangoon, British Burma.
- After graduating from theUniversity of Delhi in 1964 and the University of Oxford in 1968, she worked at the United Nations for three years. She married Michael Aris in 1972, and gave birth to two children.
- Aung San Suu Kyi rose to prominence in the 1988 Uprisings, and became the General Secretary of the newly formed National League for Democracy (NLD).
- In the1990 elections, NLD won 81% of the seats in Parliament, but the results were nullified, as the military refused to hand over power, resulting in an international outcry.
- She had, however, already been detained under house arrest before the elections. She remained under house arrest for almost 15 of the 21 years from 1989 to 2010, becoming one of the world’s most prominent political prisoners.
About her Visit,
India and Myanmar have agreed for close security coordination in border areas keeping in view the sensitivity of each other’s strategic interests.
- The two countries also agreed to enhance engagement in several areas including agriculture, power, and renewable energy and the two sides will also work to develop a mutually beneficial arrangement for trade in pulses.
- It is noted that India has also offered to enhance power supply from Moreh in Manipur to Tamu in Myanmar and Archaeological Survey of India will soon begin work on restoring two old temples and inscriptions of King Mindon and King Baygyidaw in Bodh Gaya.
- As a part of efforts to improve ties between India and Myanmar, the two countries signed 3 MoUs in the presence of Narendra Modi and Aung San Suu Kyi.
- India and Myanmar signed three MoUs for cooperation in insurance, power and banking sectors
The MoUs were signed in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi after the delegation-level talks.
- MoU between Financial Regulatory Department of Myanmar and Insurance Institute of India for designing an academic and professional building programme for insurance industry of Myanmar.
- MoU on Cooperation in the field of Power Sector.
- MoU on Banking Supervision between RBI and Central Bank of Myanmar.
♦ Capital: Naypyidaw
♦ Currency: Burmese kyat
♦ President: Htin Kyaw