Among one of the more fundamental problems for companies looking to establish an operating presence in Myanmar, whether manufacturing or distribution driven, is reliable access to electricity. For companies reliant on cold chain capabilities, the country's ongoing difficulties surrounding the provision of a stable electricity grid only draw into further focus the need for reliable distribution partners such as DKSH who have not only their own in-country transportation capability, but also (and … [Read more...] about Selling Into Myanmar's Healthcare Economy … Infrastructure Matters!
In one of my reflections on our survey of Myanmar’s healthcare system last year, I wrote that my favorite picture from my time in country was that of kids at traffic intersections hawking bottles of water along with collated copies of the country’s newest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) catalog. Talk about entrepreneurship, not to mention how fluid the environment was, tied to how poor information access remained! For all these problems, FDI into Myanmar hit $3.5 billion, with projections that … [Read more...] about An Updated Perspective on Foreign Direct Investment Into Myanmar
On one of my recent long-haul flights, I took the opportunity to organize the pictures I have taken over the last year. Photography used to be more of a hobby than it is now, but after I was robbed in Peru last year and lost my camera and kit, I haven’t had the same appetite for pictures! However, I managed to take some perfectly acceptable pictures through 2013, in particular during my time in Myanmar. Previously I have written about one that stands out in my mind – the kids on the roadside … [Read more...] about Distributors Matter in China and SE Asia … They Really, Really Matter
One of my last stops in Myanmar was the Yangon Eye Hospital. This public hospital has 150 beds, served by 40 nurses and 38 ophthalmologists. Just like what other specialty fields such as cardiovascular or oncology suffer with in Myanmar, ophthalmology is a severely under-staffed capability in the country. There are an estimated 309 ophthalmologists in the entire country, of which approximately 70 can be found in the city of Yangon. As you would imagine, the quality of the care these doctors … [Read more...] about Yangon Eye Hospital