SINGAPORE: Myanmar hopes to overtake Singapore's economy in 20 years' time and the country is hoping that Singapore will lend a helping hand, said Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday (Nov 30).
Speaking at the IE Singapore's Global Conversations, Ms Suu Kyi, who is in Singapore for a three-day official visit, said this in reference to a quote by the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
"At the beginning of Singapore's independence, the then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew said in 20 years time, Singapore would have caught up with Burma," she said. "Now I think we have to change that and say: In 20 years' time, Myanmar will have overtaken Singapore and you will help us to do that because success in one part of the region means success throughout the region," Ms Suu Kyi said.
Before the group of senior business leaders who have gathered for the dialogue session, Ms Suu Kyi noted that Myanmar's human capital, on top of its natural resources, will be attractive for Singapore companies.
She said that the country has made vocational training the core focus of its education system, which she thinks is just as important as "any academic scholars programme".