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US Eases Myanmar Import Ban Ahead of Obama Visit - Corruption Currents - WSJ

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The U.S. said Friday it implemented an announced easing on imports from Myanmar as the long-isolated country continues its rapid thaw in iced relations with Washington.

President Barack Obama is traveling in the region and will be in Myanmar on Monday, making him the first sitting president to ever visit the country. His visit, only a year removed from the country’s near-total isolation, marks the progress of reform in the country, which has released hundreds of political prisoners, freed the press and passed a law allowing for labor unions, among other changes.

The easing is “intended to support the Burmese government’s ongoing reform efforts and to encourage further change, as well as to offer new opportunities for Burmese and American businesses,” said a joint statement issued by the State and Treasury Departments.