Briefing with British Ambassador to Myanmar
With its unprecedented path of political and economic reforms that culminated in electing the country’s first non-military president since the military coup in 1962, Myanmar has re-emerged. Foreign investments are flocking in, mainly from China, Japan and other ASEAN members, but increasingly from the UK. GDP growth for 2016 is expected to be 8.4%, the highest within ASEAN. The country is rich in natural resources and its important location between China and India promises further economic growth. Still, the NLD-led government with Aung San Suu Kyi as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar and the Minister of President’s Office in President Htin Kyaw’s Cabinet, faces a range of significant challenges.
Andrew Patrick, British Ambassador to Burma*, will brief Asia House corporate members on the political and economic situation in Myanmar and opportunities for UK businesses.
Mr Patrick joined the FCO in 1988. Most recently he has worked on South Asian issues both in London as Additional Director and in Kabul, as Deputy Head of Mission. His previous postings have taken him to Africa and Europe.
This event is open to corporate members only.
For further information, please contact: Melanie Ullrich, Business & Policy Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The British Government refers to the country as Burma because the unelected military regime, which changed the name to Myanmar in 1989, was not legitimate and the people of Burma were not consulted. Aung San Suu Kyi also do not accept the legitimacy of the military regime to change the official name of the country.
In March, Monika Staerk, Delegate of German Industry and Commerce in Myanmar, exclusively wrote for Asia House about Myanmar’s economic challenges and business opportunities. You can find the full article Myanmar – a country in an uphill marathon here.