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Surveying business executives to understand competitiveness

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As part of a global survey to better understand economic competitiveness, MDRI-CESD surveyed 86 business executives in Myanmar, asking a series of questions relating to the environment in which they operate.

WEF global compThe results of the survey provide data for the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015, which assesses the competitiveness of 144 country economies, and provides insight into a country’s productivity and prosperity.

MDRI-CESD asked a sample of business executives questions covering topics such as their perceptions of the Myanmar economy, the existing innovation and technology infrastructure, the financial environment, government and public institutions, and education and human capital. MDRI-CESD delivered the survey from February until June 2014.

According to survey results in Myanmar, financing and governance issues are at the top of the list of obstacles to development.

The full report, and individual report for Myanmar, were released in September 2014 and are available on the World Economic Forum website.

Some of the results of the report are also referenced in the Asia Development Bank (ADB) Economics Working Paper “Myanmar: Cross-Cutting Governance Challenges” (March 2015).

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