Burma's Missing Ingredient for Success

Amid all the expansive talk of Burma being on the cusp of an economic boom, with special business zones, ports, railways, factories and half a million tourists queuing at the door, there’s one very vital ingredient missing—electricity. Burma has a population similar to Thailand but less than 8 percent of its neighbor’s electricity generating capacity. It has about 2,000 megawatts (MW) capacity, Thailand has 26,000 MW. Even rural Laos, with a population of only 6 million, has a generating capacity equal to Burma. So how will all the plans for development billed for this year and next be powered?

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