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Title: Asia-Pacific in Figures
Description/subject: Click on Myanmar and check relevant boxes to generate a set of statistics for Myanmar.
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNESCAP
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 11 August 2004


Title: Google site-specific search for "Myanmar" on unescap.org
Description/subject: 5940 results (September 2016)
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNESCAP via Google
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2015


Title: Results of a search for Myanmar on the UNESCAP site
Description/subject: Many articles and notices of meetings
Language: English
Source/publisher: UN ESCAP
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 07 July 2014


Title: UNESCAP Statistics Division
Description/subject: This page leads, by browsing and searching, to a number of documents on Burma/Myanmar statistics
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNESCAP
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 11 August 2004


Individual Documents

Title: Myanmar Business Survey - Data Analysis and Policy Implications
Date of publication: 23 July 2015
Description/subject: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: "Myanmar is emerging from decades of military rule, central planning and economic isolation as it implements political and economic reforms and, as a result, faces fewer international sanctions. The country has great potential for rapid development due to its vast natural resources, abundant labour force and geostrategic location. 1 Capitalizing on these assets to achieve its goal requires well-implemented regulatory and institutional reform. To assist in these efforts, ESCAP and OECD conducted a multi-dimensional policy review of Myanmar from the end of 2012 in coordination with the Government of Myanmar. 2 During the policy review, the lack of information on the business conditions on the ground was found to be a serious impediment to the development of appropriate polices. To address this issue, ESCAP and OECD carried out a business survey jointly with the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI). The survey provides a rich dataset of more than 3 000 firms in all sectors and geographic regions to help in understanding the characteristics of firms on the ground, their business environment and the challenges they face. This publication explores the survey results in depth, in order to develop policies that address these challenges and promote private sector development in Myanmar. The survey results are discussed from various key perspectives of businesses in order to identify effective policy prescriptions. They include the business environment, market conditions, innovation, human resources, access to finance, productivity, corruption, agribusiness and food industries, which are briefly summarized below..."
Author/creator: Aaron Soans and Masato Abe
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNESCAP
Format/size: pdf (6.6MB-reduced version; 7.9MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.unescap.org/sites/default/files/Web%20Myanmar%20Business%20Survey%20Data%20Analysis_fina...
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2015


Title: BUSINESS AND DEVELOPMENT IN MYANMAR A POLICY HANDBOOK FOR PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT
Date of publication: 02 February 2015
Description/subject: Executive Summary: "...This handbook reveals that the current institutional and regulatory environment in Myanmar continues to limit the potential of the country’s private sector. Regulations regarding starting and running a business in Myanmar make the process lengthy and costly, while the lack of institutional capability of law enforcement creates legal uncertainty. Thus, cutting the “red tape” and building institutional capacity are crucial for enhancing the business environment. Improving the tax system and the country’s financial sector as well as introducing mechanisms to eradicate corruption are also indispensable to facilitate private sector activity. In addition, business success strongly depends not only on the regulations in place but also on private sector competitiveness. Overcoming deficiencies in human and physical capital, encouraging the adoption of new technologies and making business development services widely available are key reforms to enhance the competitiveness of the private sector. Furthermore, considering the extent to which small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) contribute to Myanmar’s economy (99.4 per cent of registered enterprises are of this category), 2 private sector development requires additional provisions for SMEs’ specific needs regarding access to finance, markets, and inputs. On the other hand, supporting large companies through a sound corporate governance framework is also important. In this handbook, it is also explained that if the business environment in Myanmar was enhanced, it could accelerate investment flows in Myanmar, which in turn could further support private sector development, particularly by rendering local firms more competitive. For that purpose, the Government should continue to enhance the business environment and transparent information flows on rules and regulations; guarantee secure private ownership and intellectual property rights; eliminate dual application of investment vii laws; and accept investment dispute settlement through a competent, independent and impartial judicial system. These reforms, coupled with investment promotion measures, should be effective in attracting more foreign investors in years to come..."
Author/creator: KAMILE PUUSAAG, DAVID ABONYI AND MASATO ABE
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNESCAP
Format/size: pdf (2.8MB-reduced version; 5.96-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.unescap.org/sites/default/files/Final_Business%20and%20Development%20in%20Myanmar_STI%20...
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2015


Title: Myanmar Country Profile
Date of publication: 2014
Description/subject: Socio-economic + environmental data
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNESCAP
Format/size: pdf (324K)
Date of entry/update: 06 August 2015


Title: Myanmar: Opening Up to Its Trade and Foreign Direct Investment Potential
Date of publication: 31 December 2012
Description/subject: Abstract: "Myanmar, which is one of the 13 least developed countries (LDCs) in Asia and the Pacific, is relatively rich in natural resources, has young workforce, and is close to the world’s most dynamic trading economies, including China and India. With an appropriate policy mix, improved business environment and a stable, but reformed political system, the country is expected to fulfill its considerable potential and move ahead with delivering on economic development. As Myanmar starts to rebuild its trade and investment links with the region and the global economy, policymakers and business leaders will need various data, information and advice from analysts and researchers to be able to make proper decisions. Unfortunately this will not be a straightforward process as macroeconomic, trade and investment data for the country are incomplete, and available data are not always reliable. Furthermore, because of the years of isolation imposed on Myanmar, the trade and investment flows recorded during those years do not necessarily reflect the flows that actually occurred, or the patterns of specialization and competitiveness that would have occurred without such isolation. This paper presents a picture of the country’s trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) patterns in the past two decades and an introductory survey of selected policies that affect Myanmar’s trade and FDI potential within its new political and macroeconomic framework. To provide more complete guidance on the integration of Myanmar’s producers into the regional and world economies, a traditional trade competitiveness diagnostics study is necessary. Such an analysis will only be possible once more complete datasets have been compiled after some time of normal trade and investment relations.".....Key words: Myanmar, reform, market access, trade policy, investment policy, regulation, exchange rate, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNESCAP
Format/size: pdf (472K)
Date of entry/update: 09 August 2015


Title: ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL SURVEY OF ASIA AND THE PACIFIC 2011
Date of publication: May 2011
Description/subject: Search for Myanmar statistics etc.
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNESCAP
Format/size: pdf (10.5MB - full text).
Date of entry/update: 11 May 2011


Title: Quarterly Statistical Summary for Myanmar
Date of publication: 21 October 2005
Description/subject: This valuable summary of selected production, trade, travel and financial statistics from Myanmar is updated every three months. The most recent data can be obtained by inserting the month and year desired in the pdf document. The Myanmar data usually appear nine months after the quarter they summarize.
Author/creator: UNESCAP
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNESCAP
Format/size: pdf (22 KB)
Date of entry/update: 25 October 2005


Title: Quarterly Statistical Summary for Myanmar
Date of publication: 22 July 2005
Description/subject: This valuable summary of selected production, trade, travel and financial statistics from Myanmar is updated every three months. The most recent data can be obtained by inserting the month and year desired in the pdf document. The Myanmar data usually appear nine months after the quarter they summarize. Thus, the Myanmar stats for the third quarter of 2004 were posted in the ESCAP report for June, 2005
Author/creator: UNESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific)
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNESCAP
Format/size: pdf (16 kb)
Date of entry/update: 25 October 2005


Title: Quarterly Statistical Summary for Myanmar
Date of publication: 22 April 2005
Description/subject: This valuable summary of selected production, trade, travel and financial statistics from Myanmar is updated every three months. The most recent data can be obtained by inserting the month and year desired in the pdf document. The Myanmar data usually appear nine months after the quarter they summarize.
Author/creator: UNESCAP
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNESCAP
Format/size: pdf (16 kb)
Alternate URLs: http://www.unescap.org/stat/data/statind/myanmar_mar05.pdf
Date of entry/update: 25 October 2005


Title: Statistical Indicators for Asia and the Pacific (Myanmar) July 2004
Date of publication: 27 July 2004
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNESCAP
Format/size: pdf
Alternate URLs: http://www.unescap.org/stat/data/statind/pdf/index.asp
Date of entry/update: 16 August 2010


Title: Statistical Indicators for Asia and the Pacific (Myanmar) May 2004
Date of publication: 06 May 2004
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNESCAP
Format/size: pdf
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/show.php?cat=51
Date of entry/update: 16 August 2010


Title: DEVELOPMENT OF ENABLING POLICIES FOR TRADE AND INVESTMENT IN THE IT SECTOR OF THE GREATER MEKONG SUBREGION - CHAPTER 5: MYANMAR
Date of publication: 2003
Description/subject: Chapter 5: Myanmar: 5. 1 Introduction: The Background; 5. 2 Policies Governing the Production and use of IT; The Computer Science Law (1996); The Draft IT Master Plan; 5. 3 Present state IT Use and Production; ICT use: Selected old Technology Indicators; Use of New Technology: Telecommunication; Mobile Telephone; Computers and Internet; Present state of IT Production; Human Resource Development in IT; 5. 4 Investment in IT: Policies, Performance and Challenges Investment Policies; Trend in Foreign Direct Investment; Role of FDI in Myanmar Economy; Working with Constraints: Promoting Investment in the IT Sector; 5. 5 Trade in IT: Policy, Performance and Challenges; Trends in the External Sector; Trade Policy: Present Scene; Structure and Direction of Trade; Promoting Trade: the Role of IT; Implications of e-ASEAN and ITA; 5. 6 Concluding Observations and Reflections on Policy Options; Tables; References .
Author/creator: K J Joseph
Language: English
Source/publisher: UNESCAP
Format/size: pdf (589K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.unescap.org/tid/projects/gms.asp
Date of entry/update: 10 April 2004