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Myanmar Mania and the Lessons for Russia

17.01.2014

MOSCOW, JANUARY 17, 2014, PIR PRESS “Close and somewhat unique cooperation between Russia and Myanmar in the military and technical sphere and in education creates a favorable environment for a large-scale investment and trade cooperation ... The wait-and-see approach which the Russian business adopted towards the investment rush in Myanmar two years ago, to some extent, was reasonable and justified. However, the time has come to take a more proactive stance in order not to pay a very high entry cost a few years later,"­– PIR Center Intern Olga Skorokhodova.

As part of Midweek Brainstorming sessions, on December 25, 2013 PIR Center hosted an informal seminar where the PIR Center intern Olga Skorokhodova defended her research paper “Myanmar Mania and the Lessons for Russia.” Seminar attendees included representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, members of Russia-ASEAN Business Council and Society of Friendship and Cooperation with the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, experts of APEC Russian Study Center and the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation as well as PIR Center staff.

The political landscape of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has undergone significant changes over the recent years. A new constitution has been adopted, the general parliamentary elections has been held, the transition to a civilian government has been accomplished. Nay Pyi Taw is re-establishing itself on world political arena as 2014 will be the year of Myanmar’s chairmanship in ASEAN. The government also decided to "re-open" the Myanmar economy for foreign investors, which resulted in a true investment boom. The first conclusions regarding political changes in Myanmar, their impact on the balance of power in Southeast Asia and the implication for the Russian interests in the region were drawn at the extended meeting of the PIR Center Advisory Board, co-organized by PIR Center and the ASEAN Centre at MGIMO University in March 2011.

In her paper Olga Skorohodova analyzes the first years of the open economy of Myanmar, outlines trends and prospects for boosting the Russia-Myanmar economic cooperation, highlights the risks which the Russian business may face in this country. Summarizing the results of the interviews which she conducted while working on her paper, Olga said: “Close and somewhat unique cooperation between Russia and Myanmar in the military and technical sphere as well as in education creates a favorable environment for a large-scale investment and trade cooperation ...The wait-and-see approach which the Russian business adopted towards the investment rush in Myanmar two years ago, to some extent, was reasonable and justified. However, the time has come to take a more proactive stance in order not to pay a very high entry cost a few years later».

For any information on internships at PIR Center please contact PIR Center Executive Director Albert Zulkharneev, tel. +7 (495) 987 19 15, fax +7 (495) 987 19 14, email zulkharneev at pircenter.org 

 

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