Japanese investors are increasingly eyeing Myanmar's newly open markets as they strive to compete with the Chinese counterparts and increase their presence across Asia. Their role in the development of the Thilawa special economic zone is just one example of this.
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With a little help from the US, Myanmar hopes to capitalise on recent record FDI figures
Myanmar's new government, National League for Democracy, assumed power in April and have pledged to encourage FDI into the country.
Myanmar’s first free election in 25 years resulted in a victory for Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy
The real estate sector took a pounding in 2013, with record lows forecast for foreign investment on a global scale. But on a regional level, the Asia-Pacific is seeing increased investment in the sector in what is thought to be an emerging trend.
Efforts by Myanmar’s government, to encourage FDI and improve the country's international relations, have led global risk analytics company Maplecroft to name it the most improved business environment in 2013.
The race to Myanmar is under way, as investors look to get in early to make the most of one of the world's most intriguing propositions. However, despite making some short-term gains, the country's leaders are eyeing the long game.
Levels of inward FDI into Myanmar have experienced year-on-year increases since 2010.
Free zones are often seen as a cure-all remedy to the problems developing economies encounter when trying to attract FDI. However, the reality is that such projects need careful planning and long-term support if they are to fulfil such wishes, as Barbara Njau discovers.
As Myanmar's international relations continue to improve so too do its FDI prospects, with year on year increases in project numbers since its 2010 government elections.
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