On September 13th -14th, 2012 Mekong Economics’ Chief Economist, Dr. Adam McCarty, presented at the Sun Institute of Yangon, Myanmar. He discussed about the political and economic changes Vietnam has experienced since the 1980s and how these are applicable to the situations in Myanmar today with Sun Institute’s Students and YIE’s (Yangon Institute of Economic) Students. Download

Mekong Economics was asked to produce a report for the EU Delegation to Vietnam on the ‘Middle-Income Trap’ and what it might mean for Vietnam and its attempts to reduce poverty and tackle inequalities. Adam McCarty, Tom Berliner and Do Kim Thanh conducted an extensive literature review. The team worked to investigate the existence of a so-called ‘middle-income trap’, looking at historical GDP growth figures across the world. They also conducted a detailed study of poverty data in Vietnam to show how inequality and poverty had increasingly become determined by ethnicity, with specific minorities being left behind in  Vietnam’s economic boom.

On 6th March 2014, Tom Berliner, our Research Consultant presented at the AANZFTA workshop in Yangon. The event brought together officials from Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam to discuss the workings of the ASEAN-New Zealand-Australia Free Trade Agreement. Tom was asked to speak about private-sector perspectives, specifically what issues regarding investment-related regulatory frameworks would be of most interest to them, in Myanmar and elsewhere. He then went on to discuss what competitiveness issues within the economy affected private sector decisions to invest in the country and the region at large.