The U.S.-Myanmar Exchange & Gala Dinner is an opportunity for business and community to convene and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing Myanmar and the United States today. The evening is also a celebration to acknowledge the opening of the first ever Myanmar Consulate General office in Los Angeles since the establishment of diplomacy between two countries in 1947.
The year 2012 marked the beginning of a remarkable period of opportunity. President Barack Obama became the first American president to visit Myanmar, and in recognition of reforms undertaken by President U Thein Sein’s government. To bolster commerce between the two countries the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement was signed. The U.S. government now encourages responsible investment in Myanmar as part of an overall strategy to support development and improve the standard of living for the Myanmar people. Consequently, U.S. companies play a critical role in supporting broad-based, sustainable development in Myanmar; and therefore, are helping the country progress toward a more open, inclusive, and democratic society.
Last November, two years after his first visit President Obama was back in Myanmar for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit. It is truly remarkable how U.S.-Myanmar relations have blossomed over the past three years. The U.S.-Myanmar Exchange & Gala Dinner is a unique chance to discover and learn about the culture, tourism, and business investments between the United States and Myanmar.