Business and Development in Myanmar

A Policy Handbook for Private Sector Development

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This handbook is to provide policymakers, business communities, development organizations, and other interested parties with a thorough overview of the private sector environment in Myanmar today. It outlines the challenges faced by businesses, elaborates on the nature of the challenges and why they are significant, and offers a set of recommendations to improve in order to foster greater development of the private sector, and the country as a whole. It is important to note that much of the excitement surrounding Myanmar stems from its 2011 shift towards greater economic openness to the rest of the world. Moreover, the upcoming ASEAN Economic Community 2015 is also likely to have a tremendous impact on the private sector in Myanmar. Hopefully this publication can serve as a reference for those seeking such information, and it can provide a wide-ranging understanding of the private sector’s current situation and how to help provide it with an equally-promising future.




This publication is an output of the Myanmar Business and Development Week, a series of technical seminars and workshops for both the Government and businesses, which was jointly organized by the ESCAP Secretariat, the ESCAP Business Advisory Council, the United Nations Inter-Agency Cluster on Trade and Productive Capacity, and the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Yangon, Myanmar, from 23 to 27 September 2013. A number of lecturers from various development agencies participated in the Week and contributed to the publication.


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