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June 7, 2014

Yangon – Today at a signing ceremony attended by U.S. Ambassador Derek J. Mitchell and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Chris Milligan, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) announced that the company is partnering with USAID to invest in the social and economic growth. By producing its products from two factories in Yangon, Gap Inc. becomes the first American retailer to enter the Myanmar market. The company’s partnership with USAID will help lay the foundation for Gap Inc. to provide growth and economic opportunities for women in the country.

The garment industry stands poised to become a significant source of jobs, exports and opportunity for the people of this country. Gap Inc. is applying industry-leading best practices, which include audits by a well-respected non-governmental organization, to ensure that internationally recognized human rights and labor standards are upheld in the factories from which the company is sourcing. Gap Inc.’s vendors in Myanmar will be bound by the company’s Code of Vendor Conduct.

March 6, 2013

USAID aims to partner with the Government of Burma, in collaboration with other development partners, civil society, the private sector, and other key stakeholders, to sustainably reduce hunger and poverty through targeted investments in agriculture and nutrition.

March 6, 2013

In light of the transition underway in Burma, USAID sees a need and an opportunity to engage directly with Burmese organizations and institutions to support political reforms, foster ethnic reconciliation and strengthen the capacity of reform-minded individuals and institutions. USAID is committed to supporting and accelerating the democratic and economic reforms that have begun in Burma, promoting the rule of law and human rights, building transparent and accountable governance leading to credible elections and creating a vibrant civil society that reflects the country’s great diversity. 

November 18, 2012

The Government of Burma committed to working toward becoming a full member of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a multilateral initiative that secures firm commitments from 57 participating governments on four core principles: 1) transparency; 2) civic participation; 3) anticorruption; and 4) using technology and innovation to make government more open, effective, and accountable.

November 17, 2012

In support of the Partnership for Democracy, Peace, and Prosperity between the United States and Burma, the United States Agency for International Development is working with counterparts in Burma, as well as American private sector, universities, and non-governmental organizations to provide humanitarian, democracy, human rights, governance, and economic development assistance.

November 17, 2012

In light of the transition underway in Burma, USAID sees a need and an opportunity to engage directly with Burmese organizations and institutions to support political reforms, foster ethnic reconciliation, and strengthen the capacity of reform-minded individuals and institutions. USAID supports inclusive and transparent peace processes that increase access to populations in need and lay the foundation for political resolution to long-standing conflicts and a durable peace. USAID also is committed to enabling recovery from disaster and reducing vulnerability to future hazards.

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Last updated: June 09, 2014

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