The State of Myanmar’s Economy


About the Webinar

When 2021 dawned on Myanmar, the National League for Democracy (NLD) government was focusing on plans for pandemic relief and recovery, and seeking to increase the momentum of economic and financial reforms. While acknowledging that pursuing economic reform would present a challenge for the NLD administration amidst the pandemic, there was optimism about the Myanmar Economic Resilience and Reform Plan (MERRP)’s potential. After the coup on 1 February 2021, however, the state of Myanmar’s economy has seen a severe setback instead of the projected strong return for 2021-22.

ISEAS’ Myanmar Studies Programme invites Professor Sean Turnell to share his insights on the state of Myanmar’s economy since the 2021 coup, impact and implications of regional and international responses, the country’s overall economic trajectory for the foreseeable future, in particular the sectors most affected by events since February 2021, and the broader impact on the Myanmar people.

About the Speaker

Sean Turnell is a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute. He has been a Senior Economic Analyst at the Reserve Bank of Australia, a Professor of Economics at Macquarie University, and a policy adviser to several international institutions, including the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. He served as special economic consultant to Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) government over 2016 to 2021. Sean was a visiting fellow at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute at the time of the February 2021 coup, when he was imprisoned alongside Myanmar’s democratic leadership. He was released and deported in November 2022 after 650 days of incarceration.


This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

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Mar 29 2023


10:00 am - 11:15 am