Infrastructure and Logistics

A geo-strategic location - but with still insufficient connectivity

Myanmar is gifted with a geo-strategic location between China and India and at the crossroads of regional and global transportation routes. Until 2010, the country has been the missing link of a number of regional infrastructure projects funded by the ADB which could not be pursued due to the western sanctions. The integration into the regional economic corridors will now be a driver of infrastructure development.

And this is badly needed to bring to bear Myanmar's geostrategic advantages and pave the way for industrial development. Electricity generation is insufficient to cover current demand. An expansion of  generation, transmission and distribution is needed, requiring huge levels of investment. Current master plans of the government aim to achieve countrywide coverage by 2030 with an installed capacity of 23,600 MW (from today's 4,800) and a shift in the generation mix, reducing the current 65% share of hydro power and banking on an expansion of currently non-existent coal fired power generation.

At the same time, the transportation infrastructure is weak. Myanmar does not have a deep water port. Ports in the industrial center Yangon are congested river ports but upgrading of existing ports and new developments near the Thilawa Special Economic Zone will significantly improve the situation. With just a few exceptions, trans-shipments are a must for container transports. An expansion of the road network and an upgrading of the rail network will be a prerequisite for an industrial development in other parts of the country. Capacities for air cargo are limited, with expansion projects for the Yangon and Mandalay airports under implementation and a new international airport 80 km north of Yangon in the planning,

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Martin Klose

Delegate of German Industry and Commerce in Myanmar

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Sophie Waldschmidt

Senior Manager Economic Development and Business Co-operation

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