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Lowering Barriers to Finance is Key to Ensure Sustainable Agricultural Growth in Myanmar, Dr. Zaw Oo, Executive Director, CESD

In the past three years, Myanmar’s banking and finance sector has witnessed rapid growth, primarily aided by foreign direct investment inflows and economic liberalisation. Despite this growth, however, millions of farmers lack access to finance due to the absence of financial institutions and barriers to affordable lending in rural areas.

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Half a year into Myanmar’s minimum wage – looking back, forging ahead

The minimum wage, defined to be 3,600 Kyat for an 8-hour working day, has been in effect for six months.  At the occasion of this half-anniversary, the Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD) Myanmar and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Canada organised a round-table event, bringing together key stakeholders to reflect on the establishment of Myanmar’s minimum wage, and discuss next steps.

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Promoting dialogue on effective public financial management

Based on an agreement with the Ministry of Finance (MOF) to further improve implementation of Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) projects in various states and regions of Myanmar, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has sponsored a study on Public Financial Management (PFM) between union and subnational governments in Myanmar.

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A quiet revolution in the fish-farming industry

Rapid growth in Myanmar’s fish farming industry is supporting higher rural incomes, greater job opportunities, and improved nutrition, health and well-being, according to research by the Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD), Michigan State University (MSU) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). The research report, “Aquaculture in transition: Value chain transformation, fish and food security in Myanmar”, was released to industry stakeholders and government representatives on 28 January 2016.

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Publication of the MEITI First Report in December 2015

 

The first ever report of the Myanmar Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (MEITI) will be published at the end of December, 2015 to disclose the information related to revenue received from the extractive industries to the public. The report has been compiled since July 2, 2014 when Myanmar was recognized as an Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Candidate Country, and it is an important requirement for Myanmar to become an EITI member country.

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Strategic choices for the future of agriculture in Myanmar

CESD and Michigan State University issued a press release, dated 20 June 2014, regarding some of their research findings in the agriculture sector.  The press release, “Strategic choices for the future of agriculture in Myanmar” can be downloaded here

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Report outlines barriers and enabling factors for participation of Myanmar women in governance structures

The Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD) has come out with a new report, ‘Women’s Participation in the Sub-national Governance of Myanmar’. It is the third paper in the Sub-national Governance in Myanmar Discussion Paper Series, jointly developed by CESD and The Asia Foundation.

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Press release: New report maps subnational role in Myanmar natural resource governance

The Myanmar Development Resource Institute – Centre for Economic and Social Development (MDRI-CESD), The Asia Foundation, and the International Growth Centre, have released a report presenting the ‘knowns and unknowns’ of natural resource revenue sharing in Myanmar.

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Press release: report finds decentralization a major challenge for Myanmar’s on-going reforms

A new study by The Asia Foundation and the Centre for Economic and Social Development of the Myanmar Development Resource Institute was released today which analyzes the state and region governments created under the 2008 Constitution, and their relationship with broader governance, peace and decentralization processes.

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