The Busi­ness End

Myanmar Business Travel Guide - - BUSINESS TRAVEL -

In­evitably, years of fi­nan­cial stag­na­tion and iso­la­tion from the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties has made Myan­mar one of the poor­est na­tions in the re­gion, with the coun­try un­der­stand­ably hav­ing to start al­most from scratch upon its rein­ven­tion in 2011. What this epiphany has al­lowed though, is a fast-track to the most mod­ern and for­ward think­ing of so­lu­tions across all in­dus­tries as the strat­egy comes to fruition.

This will take time of course, and the pri­mary in­dus­try in Myan­mar re­mains rooted in agri­cul­ture - and the pro­duc­tion of rice in par­tic­u­lar - but there are al­ready signs that ar­eas of tech­nol­ogy, man­u­fac­tur­ing, fi­nance and for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment are gain­ing trac­tion.

Eased sanc­tions from the US and EU have aided this pro­gres­sion on a wider scale, and have been com­pounded more lo­cally by the pal­pa­ble in­ter­est in in­vest­ments em­a­nat­ing from neigh­bours; China, Sin­ga­pore, the Philip­pines, South Korea, In­dia and Thai­land. Looser bor­der con­trols have ‘helped me to help you’ in this re­spect and thus, the in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion is in full -al­beit em­bry­onic - swing. In turn, the coun­try’s fa­cil­i­ta­tion of vis­i­tors has been one of the first facets over­hauled and Myan­mar’s hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor is now right up there with the best that the tourist-hub of South­east Asia can of­fer.

Gan­damar Myaing Ho­tel, Taw Win Gar­den Ho­tel and Sum­mit Parkview Yangon Ho­tel are all prime ex­am­ples of this new wave of in­de­pen­dent chain stamp­ing their mark on the na­tion’s ho­tel do­main; adding a touch of com­fort to the wealth of or­ganic beauty al­ready avail­able.

Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda

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