ASEAN Now and the Future Connectivity and Economic Corridors
Aired: November 10, 2017 (UTC)
Part Five - Myanmar
Part Five of ASEAN Now and the Future – Connectivity and Economic Corridors, was produced by the Myanmar state-run broadcaster, Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV). Myanmar has been termed Asia’s final frontier. The program introduces how Myanmar is overcoming the political turmoil and stepping out for a better tomorrow, looking at the links with other ASEAN countries and how those links are supported by Japan. The East-West Economic Corridor links Myanmar to Vietnam. In the near future, an electronic customs system will also be introduced on the Thai border, and a bridge being built with the latest Japanese technologies on the road to Yangon should further accelerate the flow of goods. In the Thilawa Special Economic Zone, the governments of Myanmar and Japan and the private sector are working hand in hand to help the Myanmar economy lift off. The program looks not only at the concrete infrastructure but also Japan’s support in wide-ranging manpower training activities, including guidance for tourist industry personnel at the Bagan Archaeological Area expecting UNESCO World Heritage site nomination in near future, a primary school textbook reform program for the rising generation, and a training program for Paralympic swimmers.
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