US businesses rush to Burma in wake of Obama's trip

The rapid thaw in relations, aimed in part at countering Chinese influence, has received some criticism from human-rights groups when Burma remains at war with many ethnic minorities.

The business leaders are expected to participate in a trade and investment symposium in the main city, Rangoon, aimed at bringing together “senior business executives and government officials from both countries to identify Myanmar’s economic development priorities and objectives, and explore opportunities for expanding U.S.-Myanmar trade and investment across a range of key industry sectors.” 

The delegation is also scheduled to hold meetings with government ministers and senior officials, U.S. embassy officials, development specialists and local non-governmental organizations.

Obama visited Burma right after his reelection in November, the first sitting U.S. president to visit the long-secluded country.