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ADBI Seminar - Changing Myanmar: Challenges and Opportunities

Event | 5 June 2012 ADBI, Tokyo, Japan


To discuss challenges and opportunities related to recent changes occurring in Myanmar, in particular to analyse the perspectives for economic development and opportunities for business as well as to consider various perspectives on the role Japan can play to support Myanmar's transition to becoming an open and dynamic economy.


Recently Myanmar has been experiencing significant political and economic transformation, which has attracted considerable interest from the international community. Several countries are considering lifting economic sanctions previously imposed on Myanmar and a large number of international organizations have now started to actively participate in supporting Myanmar's development.

Japan, in particular, is determined to play an important role to help Myanmar undertaking its transition to a modern and open economy. Japan's Prime Minister has recently announced the lifting of USD 37 Billion of accumulated debt, currently in arrears. Various Japanese government agencies approached their Myanmar's counterparts to facilitate economic relations (including discussions on a bilateral investment treaty) and Japanese companies are showing concrete signs of interest in strengthening business ties with Myanmar.

Taking advantage of the presence of two distinguished speakers from Myanmar related to an Experts' Meeting organized as part of a project on Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam, the CLMV countries, ADBI will organize a seminar in collaboration with the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry to deepen issues related to Myanmar's economic development.


The seminar aims to invite prominent economic experts to present about the current situation in Myanmar and analyze challenges and opportunities Myanmar is facing in the years ahead.

The seminar will also include relevant Japanese counterparts from the Ministry of Finance, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, and the business community to present Japan's perspectives.

Specifically, the seminar, which will be open to the public, will focus on the following issues:

  • Agenda for Inclusive Economic Development in Myanmar;
  • Business Opportunities in the New Myanmar ;
  • Supporting Myanmar's Transition: the Role of Japan.


Brief report on the challenges and opportunities for Myanmar.


Academics, government officials, representatives of international organizations, general public, and media.




Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry