Myanmar

BIF has been operating in Myanmar since September 2013, supporting and catalysing the adoption, adaption and expansion of commercially sustainable innovations in selected markets. BIF supports market players to develop new ways of working to increase market access by the poor as producers, processors or consumers. BIF Myanmar is currently working in the garment and tourism markets and is planning to add new markets to its portfolio in the coming months.

 

Tourism

Myanmar’s tourism potential is huge. The development of the tourism industry is set to create thousands of jobs and increase the incomes of many poor people in Myanmar.

BIF's market system analysis found that tourism could lead to further inclusive economic growth if tourists were offered a greater choice of products that could also benefit low-income communities and people. To address this constraint, BIF has just completed a series of private sector training programmes on tourism product development and innovation, and has launched an exciting initiative, the Product and Package Innovation Competition (PPIC). The competition aims to stimulate the competitiveness of the tourism industry by supporting business ideas that will contribute to a wider market system change.

The BIF tourism market strategy has identified a number of other intervention areas, including:

  • addressing the gap in the provision of tour guide training
  • improving information flow and marketing in the sector, and
  • addressing the lack of accommodation in remote rural locations.

 

Garments

Myanmar is the next large-scale sourcing destination for international clothing brands. The sector has recently become one of the largest export markets for Myanmar and is a significant source of employment for many people, especially women. However, to be sustainable and inclusive, this opportunity has to harness the productivity potential of workers. BIF's market system analysis found that the business case to link productivity, human resource management and workers’ welfare was still to be established in Myanmar.

As such, BIF is currently working with factories to improve productivity and human resource management systems and to evaluate the impact of the training to establish the link between productivity and worker welfare.

In addition, BIF has engaged with a number of international brands, manufacturers, and the government to enhance policy dialogue and inform strategy for the garment sector in Myanmar. To date BIF has organised and facilitated four international-Myanmar Garment Seminars in Hong Kong and Yangon.

 

Bamboo

BIF Myanmar is about to begin work in the bamboo market - more details of our work in this area will be added shortly.

 

In Myanmar, BIF is implemented by our partner HamsaHub.

Increasing the provision of consultancy services to Myanmar garment factories

Supporting sustainable growth in the Myanmar garments industry by training and deploying skilled management, HR and productivity improvement consultancy services to serve factories.

Garment factory productivity and HR training

Providing productivity and HR support to garment factories to build a business case on the commercial link between worker welfare, improved productivity and profitability.

Building the business case for investing in worker welfare and productivity in garment factories

Running a randomised control trial (RCT) to strengthen the evidence for investing in HR and productivity training to improve worker welfare and increase garment factories’ profitability.

Strengthening relationships between Myanmar garment factories and buyers

Facilitating relationships to improve labour standards and develop specialised services to support industry development and growth.

Tourism Product & Package Innovation Competition

Stimulating the creation of innovative and inclusive tourism products and packages in Myanmar, to increase the competitiveness of national tour operators.
Shwedagon Pagoda

Consultation on tourist guiding in Myanmar: towards a policy change

Stakeholders are calling for change in Myanmar’s Tourist Guiding industry to improve the quality and availability of guiding services.

Resources

Garment Market Manager

BIF is recruiting a Garment Market Manager in Myanmar.

Do No Harm Toolkit for the Tourism Industry [Myanmar Language]

This toolkit presents a background to conflict, peace and Do No Harm in the context of the tourism sector, followed by practical analysis templates to help tour operators and companies approach their business activities in a manner that promotes positive relationships with, and limits the risks of causing harm to, local people and places.

Business Partnerships Fund Summary

A two-page summary of the Business Partnerships Fund including an overview of the different funding windows, eligibility criteria and how to apply.

IMPROVING PROFITABILITY & WORKER WELFARE IN MYANMAR GARMENT FACTORIES [Myanmar Language]

During 2015 and 2016, BIF provided Human Resources (HR) and productivity training and consultancy to five garment factories in the Yangon region. This paper describes the rationale for providing the training, how the training was carried out, the positive impacts achieved, as well as the lessons learned – these will be especially useful for factory owners and managers considering implementing similar training in their factories.

Do No Harm Toolkit for the Tourism Industry

This toolkit presents a background to conflict, peace and Do No Harm in the context of the tourism sector, followed by practical analysis templates to help tour operators and companies approach their business activities in a manner that promotes positive relationships with, and limits the risks of causing harm to, local people and places.

A Little Loom

This community tourism product, supported by BIF's Product & Package Innovation Competition, is training a new generation of hand loom silk weavers in order to preserve this traditional craft.

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