This initial assessment of Myanmar's transport sector provides an overview of the key challenges and opportunities facing the country in this area, highlights the country's Government plans for addressing priorities, and describes the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) initial steps for re-engaging in the sector.
Based on this review and assessment of Myanmar's transport sector, it is proposed that ADB's initial support for the sector should include three interrelated phases:
Indeed, the second and third phases would adopt parallel approaches to ensure that institutional capacities are aligned with the requirements to prepare and implement development projects efficiently and effectively. To achieve this alignment, the first set of transport investment projects will be selected on the basis of their ability to:
The challenges and opportunities facing Myanmar's transport sector are immense. By preparing this initial assessment, ADB has taken the first step to deepen its own knowledge of the sector in order to formulate a strategic approach for future development assistance. ADB also hopes that this initial assessment informs and inspires other development partners to coordinate and collaborate in strengthening the role and capacity of Myanmar's transport sector in contributing to sustainable economic and social development.
The assessment will be revised periodically based on new information to reflect the evolving development partnership between Myanmar and ADB.