Chapter 5

Epilogue: Opportunities and Challenges in an Emerging Myanmar

Myanmar has been called the last frontier as it is one of the very few remaining countries to open itself to investment. Companies worldwide are eager to tap into the country’s 60 million or so consumers as well as benefit from its wealth of resources. Inspiring investors should be ready for a tough ride—as in the nature of all things, rewards are always commensurate with risks. The ADB, in its hallmark appraisal of ­Myanmar’s Opportunities and Challenges (2012), lists its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) with the emphasis that Myanmar’s successful transition to a modern industrial economy requires concerted efforts at improving the climate for industry ...

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