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On the Road in Yangon

The Road Less Traveled … But not for long!

In a week that saw Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the first Indian Prime Minister visit Burma in a quarter of a century, the previous Indian Head of State being Mahatma Gandhi, and recognized pro-democracy advocate, now a newly appointed Myanmar Government Minister, Aung San Su Kyi taking her first international trip in 24 years, it now seems apparent that long expected development will begin to unfold very rapidly in Myanmar.

However, the road ahead still displays pitfalls and challenges of navigation … Douglas Clayton and the team of experts from Leopard Capital has been intensely studying the region in terms of investment for some time now. This recent interview touches on prevalent risks and the bold moves being made:


Douglas Clayton, CEO Leopard Capital – Investing in Myanmar

Foreign companies have been conducting business in Burma for a long time; even during the ‘dark ages’ the vast natural resources of Myanmar have been eagerly sought. It now appears light will not only emerge from the tunnel, but will become brighter and more consistent …

The Strand Bar - Yangon, Myanmar

Luxury is maintained at The Strand Bar – Yangon, Myanmar – powerful generators out of sight and sound provide back up lighting

With the assistance of new Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) being directed to focus on sectors in dire need of development, the Government is now calling on companies to invest into alternative areas and away from natural resources sector. This recent article gives more information: Burma Govt Wants Investment Focus Away from Natural Resources

One of the concerns for corporations and business entrepreneurs in terms of investing into Myanmar has been the historical role of the Burmese military; This may be about to change; Myanmar’s Defense Minister, Hla Min has recently stated that the Government charter is open for this important consideration, thus reducing the military’s role in Government at this progressive time in history.

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