In 2020, the potential for agriculture in Myanmar is well established. By its size (25%-40% of GDP, 70% of population) but also by its numerous competitive advantages (e.g. proximity to major economic markets, abundance of land, water, etc.) the sector is full of economic & development promises for Myanmar.
Besides, 2020 saw remarkable achievements for agriculture in the country, including but not limited to the design of an ambitious ‘Myanmar Economic Recovery & Reform Plan’, the modernization of the Government’s interface with businesses (e.g. Automatic Registration Pilot for Inputs) or an important loan from the World Bank to modernize the sector (we may add here key programmes from ILO / OECD developed in 2020). However, some issues remain in the implementation of effective measures boosting the development of the sector and setting better agricultural practices while new unprecedented cross-sectoral challenges have arisen (COVID19).
Hence, EuroCham Myanmar, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) would like to build on the success of the Agrobusiness Forum of 9th December 2019 to welcome all stakeholders engaged in the enhancement of the agricultural framework of Myanmar.
In doing so, the aim is to prolong the tripartite dialogue between the Government of Myanmar, the development agencies and businesses to find immediate answers to the current health context but also to tackle long-term issues preventing the full realization of Myanmar’s agricultural potential.
The objective of the Forum is to provide a platform for agrobusiness representatives, international development agencies and Myanmar policy makers to openly discuss challenges and opportunities in conducting business as well as implementing good agricultural practices and promoting responsible supply chains with a focus on:
- food security,
- food safety,
- cross-border trade,
- land repartition,
- continued supply of essential goods across the country.
Through this Forum, businesses & attendees will also learn about the leading international standards and tools available to companies to implement good agricultural practices, including due diligence in supply chains, leading to demonstrated business responsibility as well as enhanced productivity, competitiveness, sustainability and inclusivity.