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What is the key to Myanmar’s continued economic development? 

07 June 2013
Good corporate governance and infrastructure development are key to Myanmar’s continued economic development, said KPMG Global Chairman Mr Michael Andrew.

KPMG, the first of the Big Four professional service firms to re-enter Myanmar, has been discussing the future of this next economic frontier with delegates attending the World Economic Forum on East Asia this week.

Attending the gathering of global business, political and third sector leaders, Mr Michael Andrew said: “Myanmar is poised for rapid economic growth. It is also making excellent progress towards creating the right environment for the investments required to achieve its economic potential.

“Many of the CEOs that I talk to in Asia and beyond are considering investing in Myanmar. Before they commit they want some basics; namely a good and clear corporate governance structure and to know that the rule of law and contracts will be respected.”

The rise of Myanmar and increase in foreign investment

Myanmar will likely go through the many phases of growth, initially of low cost manufacturing, then consumer industries, banking, energy and technology at a faster pace than previously industrializing economies. Each phase of this growth will require policy setting and infrastructure which is adaptable.

While in the recent past China has been the largest investor in Myanmar, KPMG is seeing increasing interest from a diverse range of sources, particularly Japanese and ASEAN countries.

Mr. Andrew added: “Potential investors are also telling us that they see continued infrastructure development as being key to the successful and continued growth of Myanmar. Without transport connectivity, power and water supply business simply can't operate.”

The recently launched KPMG Infrastructure in Myanmar report available at www.kpmg.com/mm is therefore a must-have guide for infrastructure companies planning to enter the Myanmar market.

Besides Mr. Michael Andrew, KPMG’s Global Chairman, the senior delegation at the WEF on East Asia in Myanmar includes Yasuhide Fujii – Managing Partner KPMG in Thailand’s Myanmar office, Satyanarayan Ramamurthy – Head of Government & Infrastructure KPMG Asia Pacific Region, Kaisri Nuengsigkapian – CEO KPMG in Thailand, Winid Silamongkol - Partner and Head of Energy and Natural Resources KPMG in Thailand and Bob Ellis – Partner, KPMG in Thailand.