Employees work at the Shweyi Zabe garment factory in Shwe Pyi Thar Industrial Zone in Yangon on September 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung THU (Photo by Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

Myanmar’s GDP shows 2-per-cent growth: ADB report

Although Myanmar’s GDP showed minus in 2021, it sees two per cent GDP growth within six months after March 2022, according to the report of the Asian Development Bank. In 2021, the businesses showed almost a standstill for political changes and the GDP rate dropped to -5.9 per cent, the report said. The GDP growth is the result of prioritizing the local manufacturing sector and Myanmar’s businesses are running normally in the term of the State Administration Council.

Previously, according to the report of the World Bank, Myanmar’s economy will develop more than before, ADB forecast. Currently, the export incomes from the garment industry and SMEs are increasing slowly and it can develop to five per cent steadily by the end of this FY, according to ADB. In 2021, Myanmar’s economy drastically declined and the expenditure amounted to 23.74 per cent of GDP while the income amounted to 16.18 per cent of GDP and the deficit totalled 7.56 per cent of GDP.

In the first nine months of 2022FY, the country earned $669 million from foreign investment and it showed a decline of 82.2 per cent compared to the previous financial year, according to ADB. Moreover, the inflation rate was 17.3 per cent higher than in previous years. The government makes efforts to increase the export volume and the country earned US$7600.425 million from exports, $7461.545 million from imports and a trade surplus of $138.88 million between 1 April and 9 September 2022. According to the data of the Myanmar Investment Commission, the country received over $1.2 billion from 35 foreign investments until August 2022-2023FY.

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar