Myanmar (also known as Burma) is at a pivotal moment. The government has ushered in a series of political and economic reforms after decades of authoritarianism, a revised peace process is under way to address on-going ethnic conflicts and the foundations of an open market economy are being laid after years of isolation. There is everything to play for.
Myanmar is enjoying a groundswell of goodwill from the international community that is keen to support the country in its process of change and opening. Investors and businesses are understandably interested in this highly unusual and potentially promising market prospect. Myanmar is at the heart of the world fastest growing region and begins its transformation in the digital age.
CLIMATE AND DRESS
Myanmar has three distinctive seasons; namely, hot (March to May with average temperatures 30-35°C), rainy (June to October with average temperatures 25-30°C) and cool (November to February with average temperatures 20-24°C).
Exhibitors are expected to wear normal business attire.
EATING & FOOD
The food in Myanmar is delicious, fresh and tasty. It’s considered rude to eat with the left hand as this is the hand used for personal hygiene. Hence eating – as well as giving money – is always done with the right hand.
CURRENCY & MONEY
There are few ATMs in Myanmar, so visitors need to bring plenty of US dollars. The higher the denomination, the better the exchange rate. The local currency is called Kyat (pronounced “chat”) and 1 US dollar is equal to approx 955 Myanmar Kyat.
Only pristine US$50 and US$100 notes are accepted and only US$200 can be changed daily.
CULTURE & RELIGION
Myanmar embraces all the national races. The majority culture is primarily Buddhist and Bamar making up about 70%.
LANGUAGE & DIALECTS
Burmese / Myanmar (official) and English. Myanmar is a union of over 100 national races with their own languages and dialects. The major races are Bamar, Chin, Kachin, Shan, Kayah, Kayin, Mon and Rakhine.