20 May 2024

Visa Waiver Proposition between Russia and Myanmar to Be Signed at EEF 2024

The Russian Federation and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar are planning to sign an agreement on visa-free regime at the 9th Eastern Economic Forum. EEF 2024 will be held on 3–6 September in Vladivostok. It is organized by the Roscongress Foundation.

"The Russian Ministry of Economic Development, as a tourism regulator, supports the establishment of a visa-free regime with the countries of the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Most of the agreements are far along in preparation. The visa waiver programme with Myanmar is one of the priority tasks. We plan to sign the agreement on the sidelines of the upcoming Eastern Economic Forum," said Dmitry Vakhrukov, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, as quoted by the press service of the ministry.

On 7 September 2022, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin met with Min Aung Hlaing, Chairman of the State Administration Council of Myanmar, on the sidelines of the 7th Eastern Economic Forum. The parties discussed issues of bilateral co-operation.

On 11 September 2023, on the margins of the 7th Eastern Economic Forum, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation Anton Kobyakov met with representatives of the delegation of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. They discussed new forms of mutual settlements, cooperation in the energy sector and the implementation of joint projects in various areas. Separately, the participants in the meeting discussed issues related to simplifying the operations of Russian enterprises in Myanmar, harmonizing the legislation of the two countries, organizing import and export supplies, and creating a roadmap for cooperation.

In addition, Russia and Myanmar restored direct air links in 2023. On 5 September 2023, the first scheduled flight of Myanmar Airways International arrived in Novosibirsk, flying the Yangon – Mandalay – Novosibirsk route.

Earlier, in November 2022, in Myanmar's capital city of Naypyidaw, the Department of Foreign Economic Relations of the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (MOFIR) and the RK-Investments Development Assistance Fund, an investment platform of the Roscongress Foundation, signed a memorandum of understanding. The purpose of the memorandum is to strengthen and develop comprehensive Russian-Myanmar relations in all areas of interaction: trade and economic, investment, humanitarian, educational and cultural fields. The priority areas include support for initiatives in the sphere of trade exchange of various groups of goods, including energy carriers, minerals, fertilizers, agricultural products, investment cooperation, as well as the development of a mechanism for mutual settlements within the framework of foreign economic activity between the two countries. 

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