After years of delays, Myanmar is poised to open its insurance market to foreign companies. This latest phase of liberalisation will bring about long-overdue economic benefits.
The recent violence in Shan State is the consequence of flawed peace agreements and inflexible attempts at diplomacy. All sides must accept an imperfect peace in order to move forward.
Myanmar’s Vice President unveiled the government’s latest plans to attract tourists. They do little to address the real factors driving tourists away.
Myanmar’s children are at risk. Child rape cases have soared. The government’s punitive approach will not bring numbers down.
Myanmar’s government is imposing Burman culture on its country’s ethnic minorities. Its denials of the damaging policy do not stand up to scrutiny.
Myanmar has struggled to adopt card payment systems. Mobile payment solutions have the best chance of challenging the dominance of cash.
Myanmar’s president called for constitutional reform in his Independence Day speech. The move is economics dressed up as politics.
The Burmese military perpetuates the belief that the Rohingya are stateless. But it is a myth.
Thailand plans significant infrastructure development to boost cross-border trade with Myanmar. Both countries stand to benefit – if the plans come to fruition.
Myanmar’s commercial and financial landscape has changed since 2011. The government must redouble its efforts to sustain growth.