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Assessing industrial zones as an instrument for private sector development

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Industrial zones can be a powerful instrument for promoting private sector development, improving the competitiveness of targeted businesses, creating employment opportunities and promoting technological advances.

IZonesFrom mid-2013, CESD and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) conducted a preliminary study on industrial zone development in Myanmar. The study aimed to provide information on the current situation of enterprises in the designated zones, and to examine possible approaches to sustainable development in industrial zones.

Notably, the inquiry:

  1. Calculated the industrial zone density ratio (efficient utilisation of land).
  2. Xxamined the environmental management of the zones, including waste management and energy supply.
  3. Investigated the infrastructure development in and around the zones and its impact on nearby communities.
  4. Studied the structure of both domestic direct investment (DDI) and foreign direct investment (FDI) in the industrial zones.

The subsequent report, “Pilot assessment of industrial zones in Myanmar”, examines the challenges for industrial zones, and develops recommendations on how to realise the benefits of industrial zones in Myanmar.

The report is structured as follows:

  1. An economic snapshot of Myanmar
  2. Pre-reform political and economic conditions of Myanmar
  3. Political and economic transition of Myanmar
  4. The status of industrial development and industrial zones
  5. Assessment of industrial zones in Myanmar (Dagon Seikkan Industrial Zone (Yangon Region); Ayethaya Industrial Zone (Shan State); Mawlamyine Industrial Zone (Mon State); Pyay Industrial Zone (Bago Region); and Monywa Industrial Zone (Sagaing Region)).
  6. Conclusion, including recommendations

Paper title: Pilot assessment of industrial zones in Myanmar

Authors: Soe Nandar Linn, Min Zar Ni Lin and Dominik Weidert

Published by: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Myanmar and CESD

Publication date: February 2014

Language: English

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