The Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) aims to contribute in an active and effective way to international cooperation and understanding with its programmes and projects in Myanmar.
Our first involvement to provide development assistance in Myanmar dates back to 1994 with capacity building activities for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at the time when Myanmar was preparing to apply for membership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
One of the highlights of our recent cooperation was when our Chairman Prof. Hans Zehetmair and our former Federal Minister of Economics Mr Michael Glos paid a visit to Myanmar in May 2011. The delegation was one of the first received by the Myanmar Parliament and by Aung San Suu Kyi after her release from house arrest.
One year later in May 2012, HSF organised the first study tour of Myanmar Parliamentarians, headed by the Speaker of the Parliament Thura U Shwe Mann, to the EU-Parliament in Brussels, the German national parliament (Bundestag) in Berlin, and state parliament (Landtag) in Bavaria.
Since October 2012 the HSF has a representative office in Yangon. The HSF is the first German political foundation with a representative office in the country.
Our project objectives: