This chapter includes the following articles.
Myanmar is now one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia Pacific, with a key geostrategic location, abundant natural resources and a youthful population underpinning its progress. It is also a country that has achieved much in a relatively short period of time, after only setting out on the path of liberalisation and democratisation in 2011-12. Since then GDP, personal incomes, international trade and standards of living have improved significantly. Cities such as Yangon and Mandalay have experienced booms in real estate and construction, while the national grid has expanded, and transport and logistics networks have widened and deepened. The wholesale and retail sector is becoming a major driving force of the economy, and the financial and manufacturing sectors are undergoing liberalisation and diversification. This chapter contains interviews with U Soe Win, Minister of Planning, Finance and Industry; Daw Cherry Trivedi, CEO, Myanmar Institute of Directors; and Melvyn Pun, CEO, Yoma Strategic Holdings.