Myanmar Transport Sector Policy Note: Trunk Roads

Publication | July 2016

Myanmar’s road network needs rehabilitation, improvement and ultimately, total modernization, but both sector reform and capacity development should be a medium-term agenda of equal priority to that of road network modernization.

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Myanmar has an extensive but low-quality road network. This situation finds its roots in how and how much the government has invested in the road sector in the last decades. Traffic is increasing rapidly but from a very low level and as a result, upgrading needs are still moderate.

The road sector’s present organization and long-standing policies are obstacles to the rapid modernization of the trunk road network. This policy note identifies policy options and capacity development needs, and where possible, identifies policy suggestions that could be implemented over the coming years. Altogether, it is suggested that the government undertake an ambitious program of reforms and capacity development efforts over the next 5 years. This program could set the foundations for transforming Myanmar’s current road institutions into a high-performing sector, able to deliver quality services to users.

About the Transport Sector Policy Note

The Myanmar Transport Sector Policy Note is composed of a series of 9 reports, and a Summary for Decision Makers.


  • Executive Summary
  • A Modernization Agenda for Trunk Roads
  • Financing Road Sector Development
  • Building Institutions for the Next Decade
  • Modern Business Processes for Construction and Maintenance
  • Increasing the Contribution of Toll Roads
  • Possible Next Steps
  • Appendixes

Additional Details

  • Transport
  • Multimodal Transport & Sector Development
  • Roads and Highways
  • Transport Management and Policies
  • Myanmar
  • 130
  • 8.5 x 11
  • RPT168053-2
  • 978-92-9257-461-1 (print)
  • 978-92-9257-462-8 (electronic)

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