Myanmar transportation, infrastructure weakest in Southeast Asia: World Bank

Myanmar has the weakest transportation and infrastructure in Southeast Asia, according to a report by the World Bank Group.

Myanmar ranked 137 among 160 countries in the transportation index in 2014, giving it the lowest position among Southeast Asian countries.

Moreover, only 33 per cent of households in Myanmar have access to electricity, while 60 per cent have electricity access in Bangladesh and 99 per cent do in Vietnam.

Myanmar experienced 35 per cent yearly growth in tourism between 2009 and 2015, which is lower than its neighbours in the region.

The Myanmar government still has many reforms to enact to make most of the country’s geographical advantages, the report advises.

Investment in the services industry and agriculture can ease poverty and promote tourism, which will be beneficial for people in rural areas, the report says.

 

Source: Eleven Myanmar

 

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