German President Joachim Gauck is in Rangoon on official visit. On Tuesday he will attend the opening of the Goethe Institute for German cultural learning. The centre originally operated a chapter in Burma from 1959-62. Gauck will also speak at Rangoon University and attend a bilateral economic forum. The visit is the latest in strengthening German ties with Burma, the foundations having been laid by Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, who visited in 2012.