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The Report: Myanmar 2018

  • ID: 4702074
  • Country Profile
  • Region: Burma, Myanmar
  • 248 Pages
  • Oxford Business Group
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  • Asia World
  • Burst Myanmar
  • Honeywell Indochina
  • Myanmar Brewery
  • Parami Energy Group
  • Shwe Byain Phyu
  • MORE

Myanmar in brief

Occupying a strategic position at the crossroads of India, China and Thailand, and now in its seventh year of sweeping economic liberalisation and political transition, Myanmar remains one of the fastest-growing economies in South-east Asia. Although recent GDP growth has moderated from the double-digit highs of the early 2000s, it has remained above 5% for more than 25 years, supported by robust natural resource exports, steady foreign direct investment, rising incomes and private consumption, and rapid expansion of the industry and services sectors.

Country Profile

  • Yangon and Mandalay stand as main economic centres
  • Population is relatively young and still primarily rural
  • Efforts towards national reconciliation continue
  • Belt and Road Initiative having a global influence
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  • Myanmar in brief


  • Reconciliation efforts: Transition to national reunification after decades of unrest
  • Keeping apace: New regulations and improved business conditions to stimulate economic growth in the near future
  • Viewpoint: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of Myanmar
  • Interview: Serge Pun, Chairman, Serge Pun & Associates
  • On the road: China’s Belt and Road Initiative is reshaping South-east Asia
  • Viewpoint: Xi Jinping, President of China


  • On course: Growth to continue on the back of higher foreign investment, and improvements in public spending and efficiency
  • Interview: U Kyaw Win, Minister of Planning and Finance
  • Steps forward: Efforts are under way to improve the country’s broader investment environment
  • Interview: U Phyo Min Thein, Chief Minister, Regional Government of Yangon Small but significant: New policies and initiatives are encouraging small business development and improving access to finance
  • Interview: Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
  • Tax liabilities: Impacts of the trend towards lower corporate tax rates on developed and developing economies


  • Across borders: Raft of investment expected to unlock the economic potential
  • Interview: U Than Myint, Minister of Commerce
  • Interview: Jin Liqun, President, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
  • Mind the gap: Government to address the trade deficit by increasing exports
  • Business Barometer: Myanmar CEO Survey
  • Interview: Mai Trang Thanh, President, Honeywell Indochina
  • Legal matters: A number of legislative reforms aimed at boosting key sectors


  • Inclusive ambitions: Authorities implement new reforms to incorporate more people and businesses into the formal financial sector
  • Interview: U Bo Bo Nge, Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Myanmar
  • Interview: Neil Emerson, Senior Vice-President and Managing Director for the Asia-Pacific Region, Diebold Nixdorf
  • Legislative reforms: New laws align the sector with international best practices
  • Interview: Kamalkant Agarwal, Head of International Banking Business, Siam Commercial Bank
  • Interview: Daw Sandar Oo, Managing Director, Myanma Insurance; and Chairperson, Myanmar Insurance Association
  • Poised for expansion: Insurance companies prepare for the opening of the local insurance market
  • Reassuring trend: New reinsurance programmes are bolstering coverage against natural disasters in emerging markets
  • Worthwhile trade-off: Awaited reforms set to boost stock trading activity


  • Extended coverage: Network expansion improves services and attracts investment
  • Interview: Daniel Michener, CEO, Burst Myanmar
  • Interview: Liman Zhang, CEO, Huawei Myanmar Venturing fourth: New player launches mobile services and increases competition
  • Need for speed: Smart investments boost network capabilities and open up new avenues for economic growth


  • The road ahead: Country to focus its long-term policy on boosting electrification and grid improvements
  • Interview: U Thein Win Zaw, Chairman, Shwe Byain Phyu
  • Interview: Daw Ei Phyusin Htay, Managing Director, Barons & Fujikura EPC
  • Increasing access: Focus on hydropower and other alternative energy sources to meet long-term connectivity targets
  • Interview: Ken Tun, CEO, Parami Energy Group
  • In the pipeline: Attention is turned to liquefied natural gas projects following the launch of a major oil and gas development


  • Build up: With sustained economic development, legislative changes and major infrastructure projects, sector growth appears secure
  • Interview: Roongrote Rangsiyopash, CEO and President, SCG
  • Grand designs: A range of plans are being explored to address Yangon’s growing infrastructure requirements
  • Firm foundations: While market corrections and oversupply have occurred in some segments, growth prospects remain robust
  • From the ground up: Regulatory reforms are set to heighten real estate activity
  • Interview: U Kyaw Kyaw Win, Chairman, New Star Light Group
  • Sustainable urbanisation: Smart and ecological cities are growing throughout the world
  • Interview: U Khin Maung Aye, Chairman, Lat War


  • From here to there: Major road, rail and port investments bode well for logistics, trade and development potential
  • Interview: U Thant Sin Maung, Union Minister, Ministry of Transport and Communications
  • Interview: U Htun Myint Naing, Chairman, Asia World
  • Ticket to ride: Moves to reform bus services in Yangon and reduce congestion
  • Interview: Chen Bo, General Manager, China Road and Bridge Corporation


  • A rising star: Moves to develop modern manufacturing and enhance competitiveness
  • Interview: U Khin Maung Cho, Minister of Industry
  • Interview: Takeshi Minakata, Managing Director, Myanmar Brewery
  • Strategic ambitions: As capacity continues to grow, the government is providing further incentives to invest
  • Interview: Daw Marlar Win, Chairperson, UMG Myanmar


  • From farm to fork: Challenges are being addressed to transform the sector into an engine of growth
  • Interview: U Win Aung, Chairman, Dagon Group of Companies
  • New vision: Strategy aims for sector transformation in the form of higher yields and inclusive, sustainable expansion
  • Interview: Gerhard Hartzenberg, Managing Director, New Holland Agriculture
  • Revving up: Modernising smallholder farms will help boost production


  • Seeking assurance: Efforts to attract further investment centre on enhancing resource sharing and reconciliation
  • Interview: U La Min Win, Managing Director, Valentis Services
  • Value chain development: A variety of reforms aim to improve oversight and performance of the precious stones industry


  • Balancing act: Recognition of the need for careful management is key at this time of transition
  • Interview: Daw Moe Moe Lwin, Director, Yangon Heritage Trust
  • Interior design: Domestic tourism is on the rise, along with an increased desire for foreign travel
  • Come together: Alliances with neighbouring markets could be mutually beneficial
  • Interview: Jean Michel Romon, Managing Director, Balloons over Bagan


  • Hitting the books: Efforts to raise standards across the school system gain pace
  • Interview: U Pho Kaung, Rector, University of Yangon
  • Pedagogical priorities: Authorities are working to modernise teaching methods and improve access to quality schools
  • On the job: Development and promotion of technical and vocational training key to improving employment rates
  • Nursing development: Private sector players drive growth, helping to improve the care provided to citizens
  • Interview: Dr Aye Aye San, CEO, Victoria Hospital; and General Secretary, Myanmar Private Hospitals Association


  • Win Consulting
  • Staying the course: Tax reform momentum is maintained through coordinated legal changes
  • Building trust: A newly drafted proposal for an independent legal body promises to earn taxpayers’ trust through equity and justice
  • Viewpoint: U Win Thin, Chairman, Win Consulting


  • Kelvin Chia Yangon
  • In the details: An overview of recent reforms to the regulatory regime and updated rules for investors
  • Viewpoint: Cheah Swee Gim, Director, Kelvin Chia Yangon


  • Sweet dreams: Hotel options in multiple cities
  • Listings: Contact information of useful entities
  • Facts for visitors: Helpful tips for all first-time travellers
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  • Asia World
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
  • Balloons over Bagan
  • Barons & Fujikura EPC
  • Burst Myanmar
  • Central Bank of Myanmar
  • China Road and Bridge Corporation
  • Dagon Group of Companies
  • Honeywell Indochina
  • Huawei Myanmar
  • Lat War
  • Myanmar Brewery
  • Myanmar Insurance Association
  • Myanmar Private Hospitals Association
  • New Holland Agriculture
  • New Star Light Group
  • Parami Energy Group
  • SCG
  • Serge Pun & Associates
  • Shwe Byain Phyu
  • Siam Commercial Bank
  • UMG Myanmar
  • University of Yangon
  • Valentis Services
  • Yangon Heritage Trust
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