USA nominates Derek Mitchell as first Ambassador to Myanmar since 1980

USA nominates ambassador for Myanmar

USA Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has announced the nomination of Derek Mitchell as America’s first Ambassador to Myanmar (formerly Burma) since 1990.

At the same media conference Ms Clinton said American businesses wishing to “invest in Burma” will be granted a general business license, in addition to access to credit funds and dollar-based transactions.

Ms Clinton said the USA arms embargo on Myanmar will remain until further reforms are introduced, including the country’s being under civilian control.

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John Le Fevre is an Australian national with more than 30 years’ experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia and previously held senior editorial staff positions with various Southeast Asia English language publications and international news agencies.

He has covered major world events including the 1991 pillage riots in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, the 2009 Songkran riots in Bangkok, and the 2010 ant-government Bangkok protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

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