Anabel Gonzalez, Senior Director, Trade & Competitiveness, World Bank
Following decades of isolation, Myanmar is making significant progress in its efforts to reintegrate with world economy. This has been encouraged by the ongoing removal of economic sanctions by Western countries. Trade has grown rapidly, and the number of FDI approvals has increased significantly. This process is happening against the backdrop of political transformation from state control to a democracy and from an economy that benefited few individuals to inclusiveness.
Key questions to be tackled include: How to sustain efforts to have Myanmar's economy further included in international trade? How can this be translated into inclusive opportunities for the Myanmar society, ensuring the full inclusion of women, youth and SMEs. Additionally, what role has the EIF partnership played, and what are the lessons for inclusive trade analysis and implementation?
The session will draw on, and provide a Geneva launch for Myanmar's Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) and trade sector (Medium-term) programme.