The economic history of the Union of Myanmar (Burma)

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Burma ends registration of rice dealers
Bangkok Post, Agence France-Presse, 15 January 1995. Government will allow free trade in Myanmar's main staple.
Mung bean currency needs reform
By Michael Vatikiotis, Far East Economic Review, 16 February 1995. The chaotic scene at Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank in Rangoon at closing time speaks volumes about Burma's currency system.
Hard Times In Yangon: Despite economic woes, the generals' jobs are safe
By Roger Mitton, Pathfinder Press, [1 April 1998]. It is not just politics that are slowing Myanmar's economic development these days. It is the financial crisis too. Asia's economic problems have forced companies to curb overseas investment.
Foreign investment in Myanmar sharply drops
Xinhua (Yangon), 18 October 1999. Foriegn investment in Myanmar amounted to only 11.823 million U.S. dollars in the first half of this year, plummeting by 94.73 percent from the same period of last year. The sharp drop of foreign investment was mainly attributed to the impact of the Asian financial crisis.
Bullets Instead of Bread
By Teena Amrit Gill, IPS, 6 January 2000. When Burma won independence from the British more than 50 years ago, it was one of Asia's largest producer and exporter of rice. But as a new century dawns the country and after four decades of misrule by successive military juntas, has gone from being the rice bowl of Asia into the basket case of the region.
Signs of economic recovery surface in Myanmar
By James East, Straits Times, 1 September 2000. Statistics are scarce, but Yangon watchers cite rather unusual signs like brisk cement sales and a thriving nightlife as evidence of an upturn. After three years of recession, declining trade figures and economic sanctions imposed by the West, Myanmar now may be looking at a brighter economic future.
Golden opportunities in northern Myanmar
By Qin Chaoying, Asia Times, 19 June 2003. The Golden Triangle de facto hinders the development of communications and exchanges among China, India and Thailand. Drug money and criminal organizations cast their tentacles from here. The greatest concrete strategic obstacles to the process of Asian integration are in this single region. Local development through crop substitution.