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Myanmar’s economic future hinges on reforming state-owned enterprises

State -Owned enterprises (SOE) play dominant roles in Myanmar’s economy. Collectively, they generate about half the government’s revenue, spend half the government’s budget, and regulate much of the formal economy – from forestry to telecommunications to mining. Yet these entities have remained “black boxes”, with their activities and finances shrouded in secrecy. Over the past […]

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Engage to overcome Myanmar bias against Chinese investments

There is an “implicit bias against Chinese investments” in Myanmar, a report from the International Growth Centre argued, attributing the prejudice to the legacy of earlier Chinese projects in the country, including Myitsone Dam and Letpadaung Copper Mine. The way for Chinese firms to repair the tainted brand is to directly engage the affected communities and […]

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