2017•03•22 Myanmar (Burma)
On 17 March 2017, the UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) and the Central Statistical Organization (CSO) from the Ministry of Planning and Finance of Myanmar launched a four-year collaboration that will strengthen evidence-based policymaking and analysis, and help underpin Myanmar’s move through a challenging structural transformation and development process.
A cornerstone of this new collaboration is the establishment of a rigorous Myanmar Enterprise Monitoring System (MEMS) focused on the industrial small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector. MEMS is primarily aimed at improving information and knowledge about economic policy issues in Myanmar and strengthening the Government’s capability to appropriately address key development challenges associated with the country’s reform process, especially regarding SME development.
MEMS stands on four pillars: biannual quantitative and qualitative/experimental surveys; in-depth, policy relevant research and analysis; dissemination of research findings and policy recommendations; as well as building capacity among CSO staff.
UNU-WIDER’s engagement in Myanmar builds on work undertaken by the Institute over the past six years on the development of two unique firm and rural household panel surveys in Viet Nam.
For more information, see the news story on the UNU-WIDER website.