Over the course of this year, Myanmar has been making financial and currency reforms meant to open up its borders to international investors. But the long-term feuding between the country’s Buddhist and Muslim populations has turned violent, threatening to undo all that Myanmar has been working toward.
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“The country’s stability and peace, democratization process and development, which are only in transition right now, could be severely affected,” says President of Myanmar, Thein Sein.
Although the United States has expressed concerns over the violence, the EU and China have called Myanmar’s approach to the conflicts “measured.” And investors, too, seem somewhat unfazed by the clashes.
Joseph Lacson is the Chief Investment Officer for Frontier Investment and Development Partners:
“We think the government is taking the right steps, as an investor we remain cautiously optimistic that the right steps will be taken.”
As long as the government’s financial reforms move forward and stability is regained in time, investors will look on the country with a hopeful eye, according to Lacson:
“It will depend how the regulation moves, how the government kind of brings the companies into the market, so that it’s not too disorganized, but for sure an exciting market overall.”