Myanmar: Power to the People

Video | 9 December 2013

ADB is helping to improve Myanmar's supply of electricity to businesses and domestic consumers. Its first project loan to the country will rehabilitate parts of the country's aging distribution system, promoting better access to electricity for nearly half a million people in Yangon and other major cities.

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Title: Myanmar: Power To The People

Description: ADB is helping to improve Myanmar's supply of electricity to businesses and domestic consumers. Its first project loan to the country will rehabilitate parts of the country's aging distribution system, promoting better access to electricity for nearly half a million people in Yangon and other major cities.

VO: Power outage is a common problem in Myanmar. In 2012, 18.3% of all generated power was lost before reaching customers due to the depleting condition of the country’s power distribution system. Because of this limited electricity access, many businesses in Myanmar suffer from financial losses.

SOT: Burmese businessman
My business totally depends on power. But we spend so much in buying diesel for the generator. And we cannot charge it to our customers. We still ask them to pay same price, so in the end we don’t get any profit at all from the business.

SOT: Office girl
Everything now in this generation uses electricity…without light we cannot continue our office operations. When we use generator, it’s very noisy and really disturbs the people.

VO: Way of living is also tremendously affected. Studying for students became an ordeal and a normal life became impossible because of the insufficient power supply.

SOT: Student
I use candle as light to study and read books…it’s hard to do that. There were also accidents happening because of the use of generator. One time in an internet shop, the generator overheat and caused fire in the area.

SOT: Lady
It’s a very big problem in Myanmar. Especially during summer time, it is very, very hot. We cannot continue watching TV series even with the generators on because of the noise, we cannot understand it.

VO: Now that Myanmar begun implementing social and political reforms, development is being prioritized, including the expansion of Myanmar’s electricity network. In its commitment to help Myanmar with its development, Asian Development Bank is providing its first project loan to the country— a 60 million USD loan that will support the rehabilitation of several portions of the country’s power distribution network.

Also in partnership with ADB, Myanmar will update its electricity law and regulations, including the establishment of the national transmission and distribution code, and standards for the use of electric equipment.

SOT: Jong-Inn Kim interview
Lead Energy Specialist
Asian Development Bank
Myanmar has lack of investment in 25 years for properly maintaining the existing facilities. The facilities itself are suffering from lower performance and high system loss. So therefore, rehabilitating the existing facilities is crucial and urgent, as well as expanding the power system facilities.

VO: The project to rehabilitate the electricity distribution network in Myanmar is expected to help resolve opportunity and economic losses with the vision of improving the living conditions and social services in the country.