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  • BUSINESS

    Minister on a mission

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 09/07/2018

    » Soe Win has been in his post for less than two months, but already there are significant signs that Myanmar's new finance minister is ready to deliver on the government's commitment to boost economic growth.

  • BUSINESS

    Myanmar takes aim at graft

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 04/06/2018

    » Myanmar's government is declaring war against corruption and preparing for significant cabinet changes amid the biggest political crisis since it took power two years ago.

  • BUSINESS

    Insurers eye Myanmar

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 12/03/2018

    » Myanmar is preparing to open up its insurance industry to foreign businesses, expecting to attract firms that see high potential in a country where few people have coverage and the middle class is growing.

  • BUSINESS

    Myanmar government overhaul imminent

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 29/01/2018

    » A major shake-up in Myanmar's administration is in the pipeline as the government tries to tackle obstacles that stand in the way of economic progress, improved transparency and a more efficient bureaucracy.

  • NEWS

    Myanmar confident of economic take-off this year

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 08/01/2018

    » After nearly two years in power, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and her government face a crucial year ahead. Apart from significant political problems -- resolving the troubles in violence-torn Rakhine state and reviving the stalled peace process -- the government needs to show dramatically improved performance on the economic front.

  • NEWS

    Myanmar powers up

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 11/12/2017

    » The government of Myanmar has made energising the power sector an urgent priority, aiming to provide electricity to the whole country by 2030 at the latest. While hydroelectric dams will provide most power needs, new gas-powered plants and liquefied natural gas (LNG) will increase the supply in the medium term. International finance and expertise are being sought, with abundant business opportunities for foreign firms.

  • NEWS

    Myanmar businesses stumble on corporate responsibility

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 30/10/2017

    » Many foreign investors are shying away from Myanmar because of the government's apparent failure to prioritise economic development and the violence in Rakhine state. Local businesses also complain of government inertia. But ministers still insist that the country is on the verge of a major economic breakthrough.

  • NEWS

    Myanmar renews SEZ push

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 02/10/2017

    » Myanmar's special economic zones (SEZs) are a central part of a revitalised economic strategy in which increased manufacturing activity will play a key role. And breathing renewed life and energy into stagnant or stalled SEZs has moved to the top of the government's agenda.

  • NEWS

    Myanmar moves forward

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 14/08/2017

    » The government of Myanmar is about to take dramatic steps to spur economic development and improve government efficiency. Several significant cabinet changes are in the pipeline, detailed economic strategies are being finalised and a shake-up in the bureaucracy is already under way.

  • NEWS

    Patience tested

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 01/05/2017

    » The government of Aung San Suu Kyi has been in power in Myanmar for just over a year. But many people have become disillusioned with its performance. For the urban elite, the country seems directionless, amid an acute policy vacuum.

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