Business Practice Intervention Survey

Descriptive Report

Myanmar’s manufacturing sector is at the heart of the country’s commercial landscape. From garment production for the international market to diverse food, furniture, gemstones, and metal provision, the more than 70,000 micro, small, and medium firms, employing hundreds of thousands of people, continue to be the focus of substantial economic policy.

As Myanmar transitions to an increasingly connected market economy, efforts to sustain high-quality employment, garner capital investment, and be at the forefront of innovation are increasingly important. Through the Myanmar Enterprise Monitoring System (MEMS), we have an increasingly deep knowledge of the Myanmar manufacturing sector, which is pertinent for making fact-based and timely decisions.

This report comes one year after the second nationally representative quantitative study and seeks to provide an interim assessment of the rapidly changing industrial landscape. The commentary follows challenging natural disasters during the rainy season of 2019 and a period of internal conflict in the States of Kachin, Rakhine, and Shan, but captures information just before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced large parts of the country into lockdown in March 2020. 

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