Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

Turkey's push to be "the champion of Palestine"

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'The sky falls in on Froome'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Could the ECB surprise the markets?

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Federal Reserve hikes interest rates, raises forecast

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Saudi Arabia and UAE pledge €130 million for G5 Sahel joint force

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

‘Trump still committed to a two-state solution,’ says Saudi Foreign Minister Jubeir

Read more

THE DEBATE

How to patrol the Sahara? The challenges facing G5 Sahel joint force

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: 'Star Wars, The Last Jedi'

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Evo Morales: US exit from Paris accord is 'unforgivable'

Read more

Asia-pacific

Suu Kyi calls for foreign investment in Burma

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-06-14

Burma’s veteran opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi invited members of the International Labour Organisation on Wednesday to invest in “democracy-friendly development” in her country, on the first speech of her landmark European tour.

AFP - Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi called for foreign investment in Myanmar during the first speech of her landmark European tour on Thursday.

The opposition leader asked delegates at the International Labour Organization conference in Geneva to encourage their governments to invest in "democracy-friendly development" in her country.

In the 20-minute address Suu Kyi urged help for unemployed youth in particular, who were suffering from a lack of education.

"It's not so much joblessness as hopelessness that affects our future," she said.

The veteran activist and newly-elected member of parliament advocated coordinated social, political and economic policies "that will put our country once again on the map of the positive and the successful.

"Coming to this conference I have learned that we can all work together," she said.

"I felt at home, I felt I had come back to meet members of my family.

"We are not only a family of nations but a family of people."

Suu Kyi concluded by inviting members of the ILO to visit Myanmar to see its potential.

It is the politician's first visit to Europe since 1988 after years spent under house arrest.

Switzerland is the first stop on the more than two-week tour taking her to Norway, Britain, France and Ireland and which will include a speech in Oslo for her 1991 Nobel Peace Prize.
 

Date created : 2012-06-14

  • BURMA

    Suu Kyi leaves Burma on historic trip to Europe

    Read more

  • BURMA - FRANCE

    Burma's Suu Kyi to visit France on European tour

    Read more

  • THAILAND - BURMA

    Suu Kyi warns of 'reckless optimism' over Burma

    Read more

COMMENT(S)