Hillary Clinton Ends Myanmar Visit With $1.2M Offer

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrapped up her two-day visit in Myanmar with a $1.2 million offer to the war-torn country.

    The funding would go to two of the four initiatives Clinton mentioned in a news conference in Rangoon.

    According to a senior state department official who was with the secretary during the trip, $1 million will be allotted for microcredit lending and $200,000 for land mine victims. He said funding for the English-language initiative will come from Brunei, but that money in support of academic exchanges between American institutions on health and governance is “still in the conversation phase.”

    “We are prepared to go further if the reforms maintain momentum,” Clinton said. “We have to see the rhetoric translate into concrete steps.”

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      Jenny Lei Ravelo

      Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.