28 January, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 08/21/2012
MYANMAR
World Bank: Strategies for the development of Myanmar
The 18-month program aims to support the reform process initiated by the government and ensure stability. The three pillars are: the transformation of institutions, confidence and future investments. Peace with ethnic minorities in border areas essential. The cooperation of the Asian Development Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Yangon (AsiaNews) - A strategy for the short to medium term to support the process of reform of the Burmese government and promote economic growth, opening the doors to new foreign investments. This is contained in a study prepared by the World Bank (WB, click here to read the entire document), in response to calls advanced in recent weeks by representatives of civil society and leaders of ethnic groups, on future prospects for international development and investment in Myanmar. It has three primary objectives: to support the process of transformation of institutions, lay the foundation for greater confidence and pave the way for future investments, relying on the cooperation of other institutions such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The World Bank plan covers an 18 month period and examines, first, the three major changes initiated by the new civilian government of Burma: the transition from a military regime to a democratic system, the transition from a centralized to open market, an end to decades of wars against minorities in border areas. It will promote these three major reforms, also looking to the objectives set by the Naypyidaw executive, including agricultural development, a balanced and inclusive growth, improving quality standards.

The first of the big three "pillars" for development in Myanmar regards the "transformation of the institutions", which will lead to the improvement of government, the creation of jobs, development of the private sector with greater public transparency .

Secondly, building an atmosphere of "trust" around the country, so the path of reforms can help strengthen economic and social development. Thus peace must be brought to areas still subject to conflict and measures put in place to support the population, giving more and more power to civil society and its representatives.

Finally, the "preparation of a future path" with particular attention on the census to be carried out by 2015 and the preparation of a serious investigation on household spending.

Finally, the experts of the World Bank recall the risks associated with the project of reform and that can slow down - or stop - the growth of the country. Among these is the "fragility" of the system, the "resumption of conflict," the "instability" of the banking system, the risk that expectations are "frustrated" and "non-optimization" of reforms, limited to the scope of the social context in relation to government expectations.

The flow of foreign investment and the objectives of the major international institutions concern Burmese exiles, however, for years engaged in the struggle for democracy and respect for human rights in Myanmar. In a recent interview with AsiaNews Aye Chan Naing, editor of the dissident website Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), said that "no one can stop the flow of investment," but he hopes that the entry of Western companies can bring "a greater level in terms of workers' rights." Previously Tin Swe, a representative of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in India, said that material wealth "is not the only aspiration" because what really matters for Myanmar is "the prosperity of the whole population and a life lived with full dignity. "

 


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
10/09/2014 MYANMAR
Financial world lauds Burmese economic boom. Silence on human rights
by Francis Khoo Thwe
03/09/2013 MYANMAR
Naypyidaw: oil and gas auction to attract foreign investment
05/10/2013 MYANMAR
Yangon, by 2040 a "megacity" of 10 million inhabitants
09/19/2012 MYANMAR
Energy, a key sector for economic growth in Burma
10/09/2013 MYANMAR
Burmese President pardons 56 political prisoners

Editor's choices
IRAQ
The children of Mosul and the future: the "five-star" refugee camp
by Bernardo CervelleraIn the garden of the parish of Mar Elia beside the tents there are containers that serve as classrooms for the children and as a library. Another serves as a room for sewing. A children's choir. Fr. Douglas: "Taking care of refugees does not just mean thinking about eating, drinking, medicines, injections, vaccinations ... The displaced persons need to do something and to cultivate hope."
IRAQ
Way of the Cross: the refugees from Mosul beyond the emergency
by Bernardo CervelleraThere are at least half a million people who have taken refuge in Kurdistan to flee from ISIS. In the Shlama Mall at Erbil: 350 people living in the skeleton of a building under construction, with draped sheets and blankets serving as walls. The ordination of a young man, also a refugee, shows that with the flight, there is something that has not been destroyed: the faith, the traditions, the priesthood.
IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel NonaPersecuted by the Islamic state, refugees have lost everything: belongings, home, jobs, school, and their future. Yet, their faith and mission remain strong. For them, almost 900,000 euros have been raised and sent. Pope Francis sends a message of closeness. The campaign continues according to the Patriarch of Baghdad's proposal of fasting and moderation at Christmas and New Year, with the money saved offered to the Christians of Mosul.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.