With more than 50 million people, Myanmar (or Burma), has the 12th largest population in Asia. Many investors see Myanmar as the last frontier. It has only opened up its economy since 2012 and its population was isolated from the world market for decades. With elections recently peacefully completed and the new government expected to promote even further economic integration, the future for Myanmar’s poor population is said to be bright. Myanmar is connected to the coastlines of Bangladesh on the west and Thailand on the southeast. In the north, Myanmar borders with India in the west, and China and Laos in the east. Its political capital is Naypyidaw, while Yangon is the largest city and economic centre. The long coastline and the vast network of rivers in the deltas make fisheries and aquaculture (both shrimp and carps) an important source for employment and food security. The agricultural sector, wood products and textiles largely drive the economy but Myanmar also has abundant natural resources, such as jade and gems, oil and natural gas.
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