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Thilawa Special Economic Zone, a Myanmar-Japanese joint venture on Yangon's outskirts, was developed under the previous Thein Sein administration as a centerpiece of Myanmar’s push to attract foreign investment. (Photo by Keiichiro Asahara)
The lady in question

Is foreign investment really stalling in Myanmar?

Signs of a slowdown under new government may be only half the story

STEVE GILMORE, Contributing writer | Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos

YANGON -- Foreign direct investment is crucial to Aung San Suu Kyi's plans to build a flourishing and dynamic economy in a country that has suffered decades of mismanagement. Myanmar's colossal infrastructure needs cannot be met without the help of international capital.

Building on the previous Thein Sein administration's initiatives to further improve the investment climate was part of the economic plan on which the National League for Democracy campaigned in 2015. With the recent one-year anniversary of the NLD's accession to power, FDI inflows are under scrutiny.

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