Connect to share and comment

Aung San Suu Kyi calls on Australia to invest in Myanmar

PlacardEnlarge
(Globalpost/GlobalPost)

Aung San Suu Kyi calls on Australia to invest in Myanmar

SYDNEY, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi called on foreign governments to take a long-term view of Myanmar while urging Australians to invest in her country, local media reported on Thursday.

The National League for Democracy leader told the audience, including business giant Frank Lowy and New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell, at the Lowy Institute in Sydney on Thursday that she understood the desire for governments to try to strengthen relations with deep-rooted power.

"I think many governments, not just the Australian government, generally like to get on with whoever happens to be in power at the moment," she said.

"But as I said it's better to look to the long run and after all, aren't Australians supposed to be rather inclined to take risks?"

"You must be very daring and very reckless but at the same time it would be very, very sensible of you to put your bets on us," she added.

Suu Kyi says she understands that the reason to invest in business is to make profit.

"(But) you cannot divorce economics from politics, and I would like Australians investing in Burma to promote the right kind of political policies, that our country as well as their business might prosper," she said.

Suu Kyi is now traveling to Canberra to meet Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and other Members of Parliament.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/131128/aung-san-suu-kyi-calls-australia-invest-myanmar