Find out how the UK will respond to opportunities and challenges, what is being achieved for the UK and who we are working with.

Burma is at a pivotal moment; as an ally with historical ties in an important and fast-growing region, maintaining Burma’s stability and encouraging prosperity matters to the UK.

Burma is amongst the poorest countries in Asia and one of the most vulnerable to disasters. DFID’s aim is to help Burma continue on a path to being a better governed, fairer and more peaceful society, through working with the government towards increased wealth and better public services shared by all of its people. With effective leadership, Burma can capitalise on its enviable location between China, India and South East Asia, and progress towards a future of widely shared prosperity and stability for its 52 million people. Our advice to policy makers and companies aims to cut red tape and encourage growth in job-rich and productive sectors. DFID programmes have already brought affordable loans to 2 million women, and will reach another 3 million women by 2020.

The recent upsurge of violence in Rakhine and northeast Burma shows that the civilian government’s relationship with the military remains precarious. A third of the population lives in conflict-affected areas, many out of the reach of the Burmese state. The peace process will inevitably be slow and could regress – leaving many people in continued danger, unable to live safe lives. The UK is one of the most significant diplomatic and development partners encouraging progress on the so-called ‘triple transition’, from authoritarian government to democracy; from conflict to peace; and from a closed to an open economy.

To find out how the UK will respond to opportunities and challenges, what is being achieved for the UK and who we are working with please read the full country profile for Burma.

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