Japanese transport minister meets Myanmar president

Visiting Japanese Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Akihiro Ota met with Myanmar President Thein Sein at the Presidential Palace in the capital Naypyitaw on Monday, state media reported Tuesday.

The meeting focused on infrastructure developments in Myanmar, including upgrading airports and rail services, electric power generation, tourism industry promotion, and preventative measures against natural disasters, the state-run New Light of Myanmar daily reported.

On Saturday, a consortium of Mitsubishi Corp. and a Japan Airlines Co. affiliate won a contract to repair and operate an international airport serving Mandalay. Moreover, the Japan International Cooperation Agency is engaging in the process of upgrading the country's railway systems.

Thein Sein at the meeting expressed his gratitude to Japan for its crucial role in the implementation of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone, near the country's largest city Yangon, the report said.

The president also told Ota he was happy to learn that entrepreneurs from Japan will also cooperate in implementing the Dawei Special Economic Zone project, jointly planned with neighboring Thailand, near the town of Dawei in southern Myanmar, the report said.

The Japanese minister in return expressed his appreciation for having the opportunity to cooperate in the development of Myanmar in all aspects, it said.

On Sunday and Monday, Ota also held talks with the Myanmar transport and railways ministers.