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Industry in Myanmar has benefitted from a period of strong economic growth, an increasingly welcoming environment for foreign investment and more open regulatory reforms. However, as Myanmar heads into an election year, it is hoped that the reform agenda does not stall as politics ramps up.

 

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the engines of global economic growth and employment, accounting for an average of 33% of GDP and 45% of the workforce in high-income countries, and over 60% of GDP and 70% of employment in developing economies. In the case of the latter, the rise in the number of SMEs has been crucial to economic...

 

Myanmar has a total of nine coastal ports and more than 400 inland river ports. Its location close to major shipping routes and some of the world’s emerging economic powers, combined with a growing openness to international trade, could see the country unlock much-needed investment in maritime infrastructure in the decade leading to 2030.

 

The aviation sector is experiencing rapid growth worldwide, propelled by booming tourism industries, lower air fares and the push for greater connectivity in an increasingly globalised economy. Middle-class expansion has also spurred growth in air travel, as more people are able to afford flights for holidays or business-related travel....

 

What should be the next priorities for improving business conditions in Myanmar?

 

Garment manufacturing has been the driving force behind the development of Myanmar’s manufacturing sector. The Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA), the primary trade association supporting the industry, estimates the segment employs 450,000 workers, more than 90% of whom are women, across its 600 member factories. Garment exports...