Reposted from Foreign Policy
Pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi
On April 1, citizens of Burma will head to the polls to vote in a parliamentary by-election. Normally, this isn’t the sort of thing that would attract a lot of headlines, since only a small number of seats in the National Assembly are actually at stake.
But these are no ordinary elections. President Thein Sein has actively invited the participation of the National League of Democracy, Burma’s main opposition party — the first time the NLD has participated in an election since the national vote in 1990 that it won in a landslide. (Burma’s military dictatorship subsequently annulled the result.) Given her immense popularity, NLD leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is almost certain to win a seat. More…
Reposted from The Korea Times
With the long civil war now finally behind Sri Lanka, a trade delegation visited Seoul to make the case lifting trade and investment with the South Asian island nation.
Organized by the Sri Lankan Embassy here, trade officials pitched to a crowd of Korean businessmen reasons why now is the time to invest in Sri Lanka in a forum at the Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Oct. 17.
Sri Lankan Ambassador to Korea Tissa Wijeratne said, ‘Like the old adage, ‘The happiest person is the one meeting friends on the road and entertaining friends at home,’ we should explore open new avenues of friendship between Korea and Sri Lanka. More…