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.



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.



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.



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


Myanmar's Garment Sector: An Opportunity for Inclusive Growth

This video describes how HR and productivity training could help the Myanmar garment industry to reach its full potential.

Bamboo: Myanmar's Green Gold

A video on the potential of bamboo to generate significant benefits for enterprises, communities and the environment.

Inspiring inclusive tourism in Myanmar

A video on the potential of inclusive tourism in Myanmar.

Innovations in Inclusive Tourism

Through the Product & Package Innovation Competition, BIF supported companies to implement inclusive tourism initiatives that benefit communities. Some of these PPIC-winning products are listed below.

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.


Terms of Reference: Inclusive Business Consultant, Tourism Market

BIF Myanmar is looking for an Inclusive Business Consultant for the tourism market to provide training and follow up consultations to tourism businesses to support them with marketing their products and services.

Terms of Reference: Business Planning Consultant, Bamboo Market

BIF Myanmar is looking for a Business Planning Consultant to support a new bamboo company to develop a business plan and attract investors (public and private). The vision of the company is to restore degraded land whilst establishing an inclusive supply chain that can be linked to manufacturing projects.

Terms of Reference: Senior Organisational Development Advisor, Bamboo Market

BIF Myanmar is looking for a Senior Organisational Development Advisor in the bamboo market to provide strategic advice and support to the Myanmar Rattan and Bamboo Entrepreneurs' Association, and the Myanmar Network for Rattan and Bamboo - a new umbrella network for bamboo and rattan associations and interest groups. The Advisor will provide support to the network to develop and implement their strategy, and support the development of the next World Bamboo Day event.

Terms of Reference: Organisational Development Specialist, Bamboo Market

BIF Myanmar is looking for an Organisational Development Specialist to work with the Myanmar Rattan and Bamboo Entrepreneurs' Association to support the development of the next World Bamboo Day event, and to support the development of the Myanmar Network for Rattan and Bamboo - an umbrella network for bamboo associations and interest groups.

Terms of Reference: Learning Consultant, Garment and Bamboo Markets

BIF Myanmar is looking for a Learning Consultant to support the programme to learn from its work to date in the garment and bamboo markets.

Request for Proposals: 2019 Tourism Demand Survey

BIF Myanmar is seeking proposals for suppliers to design and undertake a survey focusing on demands and trends in the tourism market over the past five years in Myanmar. The survey findings will be used to support businesses to adapt and create new products that can respond to demand.

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