Burma’s recent emergence as a significant regional exporter of natural gas brings with it the promise of transforming the country’s finances. Redeeming this promise, however, will require wholesale reform of Burma’s fiscal and financial arrangements. Such reforms are as yet not in prospect. This chapter explores the financial potential of Burma’s gas exports, the danger that they could yield a “resource curse”, and the extent to which the state”s fiscal demands undermine the country’s economic progress.
|Title of host publication||Burma or Myanmar?|
|Subtitle of host publication||The Struggle for National Identity|
|Place of Publication||Singapore|
|Publisher||World Scientific Publishing|
|Number of pages||23|
|ISBN (Print)||9814313645, 9789814313643|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2010|