This consultation is organized by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs to review Singapore’s range of interests and concerns in relations with Myanmar, and to consider new policies and approaches. Discussions will include representatives from different sectors and backgrounds, including those concerned with human rights violations, business and humanitarian assistance in Myanmar, as well as those more generally concerned with Singapore’s policies towards ASEAN neighbours. Discussions will be held on a closed door basis. However the SIIA intends that key points will be drawn from the discussion for inclusion in a report by the SIIA, without attribution to any participant.
This roundtable discussion will review the existing relationship and explore the role of Singapore in engaging Myanmar positively. While the focus will be on Singapore’s perspectives, this will be in the context of other actors including other ASEAN member countries and the USA, which has announced a rethink of its policies of isolation and sanctions. The position of key Asian actors, China and India will also be born in mind. The discussion is also intended to take into account steps by the Myanmar regime that has promised elections in 2010 as part of its declared road map to democracy.
Update: The SIIA has released a Special Report based on the discussion at this forum. Download "From Proxy to Principle: Singapore's Myanmar Policy" here.
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