Press Release-2nd International Day of Yoga (2)

The 2nd International Day of Yoga is scheduled to be celebrated on 19 June 2016 from 8 AM to 10 AM at the Yangon University Diamond Jubilee Hall.

While addressing the 69th session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 27, 2014, the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi urged the world community to adopt an International Day of Yoga. On 11 December 2014, the 193 member UNGA approved the proposal by consensus with a record 177 countries co-sponsoring a resolution recognizing the 21st June as "International Day of Yoga". In its resolution, the UNGA recognized that Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being and wider dissemination of information about the benefits of practicing Yoga for the health of the world population. Yoga also brings harmony in all walks of life and thus, is known for disease prevention, health promotion and management of many lifestyle-related disorders.

On this occasion, Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi said that "Yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action, restraint and fulfillment, harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and well-being. Yoga is not only an exercise but an effort to discover the sense of oneness with ourselves, the world and Nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us to deal with changes in our environment.

While suggesting June 21st, which is theSummer Solstice, as the International Day of Yoga, Prime Minister Modi said that June 21st is the longest day of the year in theNorthern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world. From the perspective of yoga, the Summer Solstice marks the transition toDakshinayana. Summer Solstice marks the day when the Sun starts its southward journey and is also considered a time when there is natural support for those pursuing spiritual practices.

The science of Yoga has its origin thousands of years ago, long before the first religion or belief systems were born. Yoga is widely considered as an "immortal cultural outcome" of the Indus Valley Civilization and has proven itself to cater to both material and spiritual uplift of humanity, remaining above religion. The presence of Yoga is also available in folk traditions, Vedic and Upanishadic heritage, Buddhist and Jain traditions, epics of Mahabharata including Bhagavad-Gita and Ramayana, theistic traditions of Shaivas, Vaishnavas and Tantric traditions.

Yoga has spread all over the world by the teachings of eminent Yoga masters from ancient times to the present date. Today, everybody has conviction that Yoga practices helps in prevention of diseases, promotion and maintenance of health. Millions and millions of people across the globe have benefitted by the practice of Yoga and the practice of Yoga is blossoming and growing more vibrant with each passing day.

The Embassy is aware that Yoga is practiced in different forms and there are number of Yoga Schools and practitioners in Myanmar. Last Year Embassy of India organized 1st International Day of Yoga at Thuwunna National Indoor Stadium, Yangon on June 21st, 2015 from 8 AM to 10 AM. But, this year, we are organizing 2nd International Day of Yoga on Sunday, June 19th, 2016, so that on a holiday, maximum number of people can be reached, either at venue or at their home via various television channels that will be covering the main event that includes exercises that will help rejuvenate the urban and rural people alike.

The Embassy of India will also be organizing a number of Yoga Demonstration events by various Yoga Schools in Yangon on 11th & 12th June as curtain raiser events before our main event at various venues like, Inya Lake, Kandawgyi Lake, Peoples Park, Maha Bandula Park, Mya Kyun Thar Park near Sedona Hotel, Kyaik Ka San Stadium, Bothathaung Phya, Junction Square & St. Mary Service Convent from 07:00 AM to 10:00 AM, all of you are welcome to join us as per your choice of venue.

June 10, 2016





The Indian Navy conducted the International Fleet Review (IFR-16) off Visakhapatnam from 04 to 08 Feb 2016. A Fleet Review is a traditional maritime practice wherein the Head of State periodically inspects the Naval Fleet. In India it is a practice to conduct a Fleet Review once in the five year term of the President. This year the Review was special in that it included participation not only by Indian warships but also by those from foreign countries. In all 22 warships from foreign navies were present amongst the 70 warships that were ceremonially inspected by the Honourable President of the Republic of India, H.E Shri Pranab Mukherjee on 06 Feb 16. A fly past by 45 naval aircraft was also undertaken during the Fleet Review.

The International Fleet Review 16 was able to bring together navies from around the globe and signified the common desire to promote peace, harmony and co-operation on the ‘global commons’, as the oceans are also referred to. In addition to the ships, 23 Heads of Navy were also present at Visakhapatnam with another 26 sending a delegation. In this manner,    IFR 16 saw representation from 50 foreign navies from around the world.

V Adm Tin Aung San, Commander-in-Chief, Myanmar Navy attended IFR 16 and had successful meetings with H.E Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the President of the Republic of India,  H.E Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minster of the Republic of India, important Cabinet ministers and Adm RK Dhowan, Chief of Naval Staff, Indian Navy. UMS King Aung Zeya was also present for the Review with the offices and men taking active part in all activities, including excursions to New Delhi and Bodh Gaya. The presence of the marching contingent from Myanmar Navy that participated in the City Parade on 07 Feb 16 was very well appreciated by the Prime Minister of India and other people that witnessed the event.  

Besides the Review by the President, several other activities like International Maritime Seminar, International Maritime Conference, Cultural Show, International City Parade, International Band Concert and Operational Demonstration were conducted from 04 to 08 Feb 16.

With its theme of “United Through Oceans”, IFR 16 was indeed an event that was able to unite navies from around the world on the East coast of India. Interaction amongst the ships and crews present at Visakhapatnam is bound to promote understanding and knowledge of each other and increase goodwill, mutual understanding and confidence as the navies undertake operations at sea.

February 10, 2016

The Theme of IFR 16


Warships at Anchorage


Closing Ceremony – Myanmar Delegation is at Left


Press Note:Myanmar India Business Conclave(18-20 May, 2016) (2)

Embassy of India


Press Note

An India Myanmar Business Conclave was hosted by India at Yangon on 18-20 May 2016 as part of its Act East policy. A 25 member business delegation from India attended the Conclave led by Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce & Industry (CIM). More than 40 top CEOs from Myanmar also attend the Conclave. This is the first visit of any Minister from India after the new government in Myanmar.

Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated Myanmar for landslide victory by the National League for Democracy led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in the elections held in November 2015. She acknowledged the calibrated and pragmatic stand of the Government towards a peaceful and orderly assumption of power.

Highlight of the event was a Government-Business Round table on the theme: ‘Forging Partnerships’. Speaking in the Roundtable, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman conveyed that India had opened 96.4% of tariff lines at zero duty for Myanmar under its Duty Free Tariff Preference scheme besides ASEAN India FTA. The transition from barter trade to normal trade wef 1 Dec 2015 was a step forward to boost trade. Similarly a liberal access was available for Services including a visa fee waiver for Myanmar applicants applying for Indian Business and Employment visas.

At the inauguration Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman acknowledged Myanmar’s achievement in organic and sustainable agriculture. She offered that India can cooperate in boosting productivity by providing technology and agri equipment. Pharmaceutical sector is an area where India can engage actively specially for public heath care. She also identified Textiles, IT, Automobile industry wherein India can engage for mutual benefit. She conveyed India’s commitment to contribute to Myanmar’s development including road and connectivity projects, border projects such as border haats and ICPs. Commerce and Industry Minister of India invited Myanmar to hold road shows in key cities of India exhibiting the opportunities available in Myanmar to connect to larger numbers of Indian businesses.

The two days witnesses intensive sessions and B2B interactions in the sectors such as Agriculture, Manufacturing and Employment, IT, Health, Education, Skill Development, Power & Renewable energy, Connectivity (Air, Sea, Land), Tourism and Hospitality, SEZs, Industrial Zones and Finance.

Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman had bilateral interactions with Mr U Win Khaing, Myanmar Minister for Construction, Dr. Than Myint, Myanmar Minister for Commerce and Mr U Khin Maung Cho, Myanmar Minister for Industry. Issues related to long term engagement on G2G basis for procurement of pulses, easy access to Indian pharma products and pharma companies, Indian investment in infrastructure, capacity enhancement and upgrading border infrastructure, were discussed between the two sides. Myanmar requested for cooperation in skill development, capacity building and training for both public and private sector. India assured that it shall assist Myanmar in its endeavor to modernize and assist based on the priority areas where such cooperation is sought by Myanmar.

May 19, 2016

Press Release-13 January 2016

Embassy of India



Press Release

The 3rd CMLV (Cambodia, Myanmar, Lao PDR, Viet Nam) Business Conclave concluded yesterday, after deliberations on 12-13 January 2016 at Mamallapuram, near Chennai. The potential of “Myanmar as an Investment Destination” was a major theme at the Conclave. The event was organized by the CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) on behalf of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. The event brought Ministerial delegations from four CMLV countries and was aimed at strengthening linkages with Myanmar as a strategically important trade and investment destination. H.E. Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce & Industry, Government of India and H.E. Dr Pwint San, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Commerce of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar co-chaired the Conclave along with Ministers from other CMLV countries. Being the first major promotion of Myanmar as an investment destination for the Indian industry in decades, the Conclave was attended by top business leaders of both these countries as also by other CMLV countries.

Recognizing the importance of Myanmar as an exciting emerging market the Conclave this year included a 'Country focus on Myanmar' addressed by a high-level delegation from Myanmar. The ‘Country focus’ included presentations on the investment climate and opportunities, priority sectors for investment and where to invest (SEZ’s, Industrial Zones, Economic Corridors) in Myanmar. Plenary sessions focussed on Connectivity, Financial Imperatives and exploring regional value-chains in industry and services, and parallel sessions were on specific themes for a detailed discussion. The Conclave also brought together some top economic decision-makers along with some dynamic entrepreneurs of Myanmar and India on a common platform with a vision for the future in which the two countries can be economic partners.

Myanmar's land mass, natural, agricultural and human resources, strategic location between the Indian sub-continent, China and the Greater Mekong Sub-region of the ASEAN, regional trade policies and incentives including the ASEAN Economic Community and regional FTAs give it unique advantages. India's geographical proximity to Myanmar and DFTP scheme of the Ministry of Commerce of India allowing duty-free exports for Myanmar for over 96% of tariff lines to India -- also eligible for those investing in Myanmar-- give both Myanmar and India numerous competitive advantages.

Not many may be aware that India has development commitment of nearly US$ 2 billion to Myanmar including major surface transport connectivity, human resource capacity-building, and border area development projects and programmes. The dynamism imparted by the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi reflected in India's economic and foreign policies, notably the Prime Minister’s 'Neighbourhood First' and 'Act East' policies, 'Make in India', 'Digital India' 'Smart Cities', renewable energy, focus on India's North East, and numerous other initiatives to modernize India and attract foreign investment, have renewed focus on the Indian economy. India is one of the fastest growing large economies of the world with a GDP of over US$ 2 trillion, a market of over 1.2 billion people, and a level of scientific, technological and industrial development that is one of the most advanced amongst the developing world. The choice of location of the Conclave in Chennai, in Tamilnadu State, apart from revisiting Myanmar’s historic maritime links with this State serves to highlight one of the most industrialized, metropolitan cities in India and a major destination for foreign investments in India. Chennai is well known as a manufacturing center for the automotive and garment industries and their respective supply chains and IT.

Prominent speakers from the Myanmar side included H.E. Dr. Pwint San, Deputy Commerce Minister; Prof. Dr. Aung Tun Thet, Economic Advisor to President & Member, Myanmar Investment Commission; U Win Aung, President Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Yangon, apart from senior officials, Industry leaders from Myanmar, entrepreneurs, international law firms and consultancies.

The Conclave covered Myanmar's investment climate and policies on a range of issues and topics that included:

·         Investment Climate and policies

·         Special Economic & Industrial Zones, and Connectivity Corridors

·         Access to markets (ASEAN Economic Community, FTAs, DFTP Scheme of India et. al.)

·         The sessions also discussed challenges for bilateral economic growth, and are for further attention in Information, Air Connectivity, Banking and Finance. 

Sectoral focus discussed included Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, SMEs, Education, IT and Renewable Energy amongst others major areas of interest to large businesses like energy, infrastructure, power, telecom, construction etc.

          B-2-B meetings punctuated all discussions imparting a direction to the qualitative aspects of the deliberations.

Yangon, 13 January 2016