The New Burma Road(s): How a Networked System of Roads will Best Orient Myanmar towards Economic Success
JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT NAVAL WAR COLLEGE JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT NAVAL WAR COL United States
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Roads are certainly not the most glamorous component of a nations transportation infrastructure. Nonetheless, roads represent the critical link between a nations transnational trade capacity and the domestic mobility of its population. Myanmars transportation infrastructure is remarkably underdeveloped, but due to its geostrategic location, there are opportunities for the nation to improve connectivity quickly to its neighbors. In 2011, the Government of the Union Myanmar GOUM introduced sweeping reforms in order to put the country on the path to economic success after years of destitution. These reforms have attracted the interests of both regional and global investors. Long recognized as one of the catalysts to fuel a nations economy, foreign investments are pouring into Myanmar. As the GOUM moves forward with its plan to develop its economic potential, it needs to develop its transportation infrastructure methodically. Because roads are at the nexus of transnational trade and domestic economic opportunity, prioritizing the development of a networked road system will allow the GOUM to maximize Myanmars economic benefit.
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