Following the invitation of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw and his wife Daw Su Su Lwin made a State Visit made to India.
About Htin Kyaw :
Htin Kyaw is a B urmese politician and scholar who has been President of Myanmar since 2016. He is the first elected civilian to hold the office since the 1962 coup d’état.
- The second son of scholarMin Thu Wun, Htin Kyaw had held various positions in the education, planning and treasury ministries in prior governments.
- The ethnicMon-Bamar politician is viewed as a proxy of the National League for Democracy leader and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, who is constitutionally barred from the presidency.
- He was inaugurated as president on 30 March 2016, taking office from his predecessor Thein Sein.
- On 10 March 2016, he was nominated as one of the Vice Presidents of Myanmar by the NLD for the House of Representatives (Lower House). On 11 March 2016, 274 MPs out of 317 voted him as one of the Vice Presidents.
- On 15 March 2016, 360 MPs out of 652 of theAssembly of the Union (Union Parliament) voted him as the President, ahead of Myint Swe and his party colleague Henry Van Thio.
- On 17 March 2016, Htin Kyaw proposed a cabinet of 21 ministries. On 21 March 2016, he delivered a speech in the Assembly of the Union for the first time regarding the proposal of the formation of ministries and the MPs of the Union Parliament approved it.
- On 30 March 2016, Htin Kyaw was sworn in as President of Myanmar. Despite Htin Kyaw being a nominally independent leader, Aung San Suu Kyi has said that she will in fact direct the actions of the president and lead the country through him.
India Visit :-
Myanmar President Htin Kyaw participated in bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modiin New Delhi.
- During the bilateral talks with Prime Minister Modi a host of issues, including border management and ways to contain militant activities along the Indo-Myanmar border were discussed.
- It is noted that both countries share more than 1,600 kilometre long border and one of India’s concerns has been the presence of insurgent groups along the border. Both sides are also likely to discuss ways to boost trade ties.
- It is noted that this was the first top-level engagement between the two countries after iconic leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy wrested power in Myanmar from the military junta.
Four pacts signed :-
India and Myanmar signed four pacts in the field of infrastructure development and for the cooperation in renewable energy. They are as follows,
- Agreement I – Construction of 69 bridges on the Tamu-Kalewa section of the trilateral highway connecting India, Myanmar and Thailand.
- Agreement II – Upgrading the Kalewa-Yargi section of the trilateral highway.
- Agreement III – Cooperation in the field of renewable energy,
- Agreement IV – cooperation in the field of traditional medicines.
- Capital: Naypyidaw
- Currency: Burmese kyat
- President: Htin Kyaw