Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says investment in her country should strengthen its nascent process of democratisation.

Businesses have been eager to invest in the Southeast Asian nation as it emerges from international isolation after the end of military rule.

The Nobel Peace Laureate spoke Thursday at the annual meeting of the International Labour Organization in Geneva on the first stop of her trip to Europe. It is the first time she has visited the continent in 24 years during which the military-led government kept her under house arrest for 15 years.

The ILO decided on Wednesday to lift restrictions on Myanmar’s participation in its work in recognition of recent democratic reforms in the country.

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