The elections in November 2010 and the adoption of a new constitution have fundamentally changed Myanmar’s political system. Since March 2011 Myanmar has again officially had a civilian government, which after years of political and economic isolation has introduced initial reforms towards democratisation and opening up the economy.
In light of these reform efforts, the European Union has lifted the sanctions on Myanmar, with the exception of the arms embargo and the embargo on equipment that could be used for internal repression. This has enabled Germany to resume its involvement after suspending activities for nearly twenty years.
During a visit to Myanmar in February 2012 German Federal Minister Niebel announced that German development cooperation will be further expanded in the priority area of sustainable economic development.
GIZ’s activities are focusing on the following areas:
- Promoting vocational training
- Strengthening the private sector
- Developing the financial sector.
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