Australia's Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb is to make a six-day visit to Myanmar starting today, to promote responsible bilateral trade and investment ties and advance Australia's trade and economic interests within Asean and the East Asia Summit.
In Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar's capital, Robb will attend Asean-related trade ministers' meetings.
"These meetings provide an opportunity to progress Australia's trade agenda, including implementation of the Asean-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership negotiations," he said in a statement.
He said that during his meeting with his Myanmar counterparts he would be reaffirming Australia's support for Myanmar's chairmanship of Asean this year, and for the reform process underway in Myanmar.
"I will be underlining the important role that Australia is playing in supporting Myanmar's economic development and reforms, particularly in promoting greater education opportunities, and I will explore aid for trade initiatives," he said.