Myanmar is emerging from decades of military rule, central planning and economic isolation as it implements political and economic reforms and, as a result, faces fewer international sanctions. The country has great potential for rapid development due to its vast natural resources, abundant labour force and geostrategic location. Capitalizing on these assets to achieve its goal requires well-implemented regulatory and institutional reform.
The Asia-Pacific Development Journal (APDJ) is published twice a year by the Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
The primary objective of the APDJ is to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience, ideas, information and data on all aspects of economic and social development issues and concerns facing the region and to stimulate policy debate and assist in the formulation of policy.
This Brief describes a potential statistical framework for analysing energy security. Calculations for a new dashboard of energy resources indicators are presented, using South-East Asia as a case study.
The Asia-Pacific Statistics Newsletter, Second Quarter 2015, provides information on the "Regional collaboration for statistics development and the post-2015 development agenda"; features an Interview with Mr Ramesh Kolli, former member of the National Statistical Commission, India; provides update on the areas of work; and announces important events and meetings.
This discussion paper "Financing Disaster Risk Reduction for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific" was prepared by Disaster Risk Reduction Section, ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction Division, ESCAP.
This discussion paper "Climate finance in the Asia-Pacific: Trends and Innovative Approaches" was prepared for ESCAP by Ilaria Carrozza, PhD Candidate, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK
The author would like to acknowledge ESCAP Environment and Development Division (Rae Kwon Chung, Aneta Nikolova, Riccardo Mesiano, Hala Razian, and with support from Yohan Hong). A peer review was conducted by Climate Policy Initiative (Mia Fitri and Leela Raina).
This discussion paper was prepared for ESCAP by Nick Freeman, Independent Economic Development Consultant.
The author gratefully acknowledges the contributions made by Masato Abe, Sailendra Narain, Michael Troilo and J. S. Juneja.