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Myanmar, Japan to hold workshop on satellite launching


14:58, September 13, 2012

YANGON, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar and Japan will hold a workshop in the second week of October in preparation for launching satellite for Myanmar with Japanese aid to promote the capacity of the country's telecommunication and information sectors, official media reported Thursday.

The holding of the workshop was discussed by Myanmar Minister of Transport U Nyan Tun Aung and Managing Director of Japan-based Marubeni Aerospace Corporation Hiroshi Ikuno, said the New Light of Myanmar.

The workshop will cover exchange of views on launching small- scale earth survey satellite of Myanmar provided by Japanese government to forecast weather, aviation and maritime communications, agriculture, marine administration, forest management and mining.

Japan will also help in drawing space-related strategy via space record and provide in teaching space-related technology at the universities.

For launching satellite, Myanmar has set up a five-member central committee and a seven-member working committee, according to an earlier report.

Meanwhile, in April, Japan wrote off 300 billion yen (about 3. 68 billion U.S. dollars) debt and overdue charge of Myanmar from the past two decades to help the country move towards democracy.

While vowing to resume aid, Japan will also roll over 198.9 billion yen of debt with a new development loan.

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