International Hot Topic Series: Spotlight on Myanmar
Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Locationn: 1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1500, Downtown Seattle
Cost: Complimentary for members and students | $10 members
We’re breaking out the wine and popcorn to take a crack at the frontier economy of Myanmar, its recent political and economic transitions and what they mean for international business, especially in the telecommunications and healthcare sectors.
With a population of 62 million and a young workforce, Myanmar’s mobile phone penetration was at just under 4% in 2012. While there is enormous potential, much depends on how the country will proceed in terms of regulations both for foreign investment and telecommunications. Microsoft announced a new partnership in June 2013 that will allow it to expand into Myanmar.
Myanmar also faces challenges to its healthcare system. While the government increased its healthcare significantly in 2012, much is needed in the way of improving access to services, especially in rural and border areas.
Join the Trade Alliance for a happy hour and a half as we peruse this fascinating, emerging market.
Pwint Htun is a Burmese-American consultant for the World Bank. With background in telecommunications industry, she is currently focused on fostering mobile financial services in Myanmar. Prior to consultancy, Pwint worked at Clearwire, where she was responsible for new Product Development and Innovation for 4G Wireless Broadband network.
Ben Shobert is the Founder and Managing Director of Seattle-based Rubicon Strategy Group, a boutique consulting firm specialized in market access work in China’s healthcare, life science and senior care industries. Rubicon also provides market entry and project management services for healthcare companies across Southeast Asia. In 2013, Rubicon will complete the first syndicated research report on Myanmar’s healthcare system.
Samantha Paxton at 206.389.7319 / firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.seattletradealliance.com.
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Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle
The mission of the Trade Alliance is to promote the Greater Seattle region in international markets, connect the region—its businesses and organizations--to those markets, bring the region together to be more successful internationally and to educate our region on the importance of international business broadly defined. To this end, the Trade Alliance enhances the identity of Greater Seattle in world markets by convening regional stakeholders, executing outbound missions, hosting inbound delegations, producing marketing publications, organizing educational programming, and other activities.