Breakfast Talk with H.E. Kristian Schmidt, Ambassador of the European Union to Myanmar on “European Economic Diplomacy”

On Thursday 7 December EuroCham Myanmar organized a breakfast talk on European Economic Diplomacy with H.E Kristian Schmidt, EU Ambassador to Myanmar in the presence of more than 35 country representatives of European companies in Myanmar. The event was initiated to establish a regular consultation platform between EU Delegation and EuroCham advocacy members.

Key points

EU Ambassador, H.E. Kristian Schmidt, meets with European Industry leaders in Myanmar

  •    EU delegation and EuroCham Myanmar jointly advocate for level playing field for European companies
  •    EU delegation will continue to engage with and support Myanmar in order to advocate for human right

Breakfast Talk with H.E. Kristian Schmidt, Ambassador of the European Union to Myanmar on “European Economic Diplomacy”

The EuroCham Breakfast Talk started with an introduction by the Ambassador Schmidt in which he underlined his ambition to support the European private sector in Myanmar, advocating a level playing field and WTO compliance: European companies need to cooperate through EuroCham Myanmar as an advocacy platform to fully leverage their strength – technology, access to capital and know-how to promoting inclusive growth.

With regards to the current situation in Rakhine and its political and economic repercussions the Ambassador ensured continued EU engagement and support to Myanmar, but stressed that the EU will continue it advocacy for human rights in the country.

The co-chairs and representatives of the EuroCham advocacy groups presented the EU Ambassador with an update on the current state of affairs in their respective sectors. EuroCham has the following advocacy groups:

  •        Anti-Illicit Trade Advocacy Group chaired by Ms. Nandar Thaung and Ms. Khine Wai Thwe
  •        Automotive Advocacy Group chaired by Mr. Chan Mya and Mr. Temmy Wiradjaja
  •        Construction Advocacy Group chaired by Mr. Hari Krishna Reddy M.B and Mr. Methi Pieper
  •        Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Advocacy Group chaired by Mr. Nicolas Delange and Mr. Min Thu
  •         Digital Innovation Advocacy Group chaired by Mr. Erwin Sikma, Mr. Kieran J Rabbitt and Mr. Christo Thekkel
  •         Energy Advocacy Group chaired by Mr. Zaw Zaw Maung and Mr. David O’Neill
  •        Health Advocacy Group chaired by Mr. Frederik Meerhoff and Mr. Thin Jia Haur
  •        Legal Advocacy Group chaired by Mr. Colin Picard de Gennes and Mr. Nishant Choudhary
  •        Logistics Advocacy Group chaired by Mr. Samuel Conroy and Mr. Amol Singhal

Event Outcome

The European companies expressed their appreciation for the EU Ambassador’s presentation and support. Moreover, they look forward to continuing and intensifying their cooperation with the EU Delegation through EuroCham Myanmar to jointly improve the business climate for European companies in the country.

For more information regarding the many activities of the EU Delegation, please be referred to the website: https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/myanmar-burma_en

Agenda
  1.  Introduction by H.E. Kristen Schmidt, EU Ambassador to Myanmar, and Mr. Filip Lauwerysen, Executive Director of EuroCham
  2. “European Economic Diplomacy in Myanmar – purpose and steps forward”
  3. Tour de table: update from the private sector (business climate, new business legislation, views on government’s economic agenda etc..)
  4. Concluding remarks

Quote.1: H.E. Kristian Schmidt, EU Ambassador to Myanmar  

"European businesses in Myanmar can play an important role for sustainable trade and investments, but need a level playing field in the country".


Quote.2: Mr. Filip Lauwerysen, Executive Director, The European Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar

“We appreciate the EU delegation’s commitment and support in jointly advocating for the interests of our European companies to ensure sustainable private sector development in this frontier market.”


[Click here for the PDF version of the press release on the Breakfast Talk with H.E. Kristian Schmidt, Ambassador of the European Union to Myanmar on “European Economy Diplomacy”, 7 Dec 2017 ]