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Aung San Suu Kyi-full speech- Addresses World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos

Aung San Suu Kyi-full speech- Addresses World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos

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Aung San Suu Kyi Addresses World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos
Aung San Suu Kyi Addresses World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos

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Aung San Suu Kyi Addresses World Economic ForumAnnual Meeting in Davos
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 Distinguished guests – heads of state, government and UN ocials, leaders of globalcompanies, representatives of the media, academia, NGOs, and young global leaders: Iam very honored and privileged to have this opportunity to address the World EconomicForum in Davos. I would especially like to extend my appreciation to Professor KlausSchwab and the organizers of this inuential gathering of leaders who are committed toimproving the state of this planet. Over the past few years, despite my isolation from much of the world, I have been able tofollow closely the global response to the economic downturn through listeningassiduously to radio broadcasts. While the challenges were immense, the response wasboth swift and strong. Of course much still remains to be done. Our globalinterdependence has compelled and resulted in increased cooperation. In this context, however, I would like to speak on behalf of the 55 million people of Burma who have for the most part been left behind. We yearn to be a part of the globalcommunity: not only to be economically and socially connected, but also to achieve thedomestic political stability and national reconciliation that would enable us to fullyaddress the needs of our people. Economic policies linked to human development andcapacity building are the best path to the achievement of stability in a democratictransition. We have already missed so many opportunities because of political conicts inour country over the last 50 years. Despite an abundance of natural resources, Burma’s development has lagged far behindits neighbours. Our government annually spend about 40 percent of our GDP on themilitary and barely two percent on health and education combined. The young people of Burma need the kind of education that has enabled Young Global Leaders, some of whomare present at this gathering, to excel so early in their careers. We need investments intechnology and infrastructure. We need to counter and eventually eradicate widespreadpoverty by oering opportunities that will allow the entrepreneurial spirit of our people tobe gainfully harnessed through micro lending programmes. The National League forDemocracy (NLD) has in fact embarked on an experimental micro credit scheme on a verysmall scale. We need to address the tragic consequences of preventable diseases,particularly in conict zones and rural areas. At the same time, we also need to pay closeattention to the costs and collateral damage of our development, whether environmentalor social. These however can be contained if we plan ahead responsibly. In addition tothese enormous challenges, we also need to reform our legal system that we might beable to attract foreign direct investment and guarantee the rule of law.I believe that as necessary steps towards integration within the global community Burma

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