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Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016, Myanmar
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, Washington DC
Time: Yangon, Myanmar: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm/ 02:30 - 05:30 GMT
Washington DC: 10:30 pm - 01:30 am ET (+1) or convert time
Location: Park Royal Hotel, Yangon, Myanmar

Twenty years ago, Sudhir Shetty was the World Bank’s Senior Country Economist for the nation formerly known as Burma. This week, Sudhir Shetty is back in Yangon as the World Bank’s Chief Economist for the East Asia and Pacific region, and is seeing a very different country with cranes dotting the commercial capital’s skyline, imported cars filling the city’s streets, and growing tourism.

During this event, Sudhir will give a presentation on recent economic developments in East Asia and Myanmar, followed by a panel discussion featuring business leaders in Myanmar to discuss their perspectives on Myanmar’s economic policy priorities.

Related Links:
East Asia and Pacific Economic Update
East Asia and Pacific Economic Update Press Release
All Aboard: Policies for Shared Prosperity
Myanmar Economic Monitor October 2016

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Aung Thura

Dr. Aung Thura is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Thura Swiss, a Myanmar-based firm specialized in market research, consulting and investments with regards to Myanmar. Thura Swiss aims to equip both local and foreign businesses with accurate and sophisticated information in order to allow them to make strategic data-driven decisions. Dr. Aung Thura grew up and received his education in Switzerland. He holds a M.Sc.


Thurane Aung

After returning from the United Kingdom with a BA (Honors) in Business Information Management and Finance from the University of Westminster, Thurane Aung joined the family business in 2002. He worked his way up by learning the business as a Project Manager on construction sites, and became Chief Executive Officer of the Group in 2011. The main focus of Thurane Aung’s role and responsibilities is business strategy and expansion of all of Dagon Group’s businesses.


Melvyn Pun

Prior to his appointment to the Board of Yoma Strategic in 2015, Melvyn was the Alternate Director to Mr. Serge Pun in Yoma Strategic and the Chief Executive Officer of Serge Pun & Associates (SPA) Myanmar Limited. Melvyn has been extensively involved in developing the Group’s relationships with key parties, including Mitsubishi Corporation, IFC, ADB, Yum! Brands, Parkson, Case New Holland, Dulwich College International and Kokubu, amongst others.


Thadoe Hein

Thadoe Hein is the founder and chairman of one of the largest agriculture companies in Myanmar. Myanma Awba Group serves three million farming families (out of seven million farming families in the country) with agricultural inputs, finance and extension services. The primary objective is to help farmers prosper and alleviate poverty. Thadoe Hein is currently the chairman of Myanmar Fertilizer, Seeds and Agrochemical Entrepreneur Association and the Joint Secretary General of the Union of Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


Sithu Moe Myint

Sithu Moe Myint is responsible for developing and executing company strategy whereby he provides direct oversight to all functional and business support teams. He joined MPRL E&P in 2012 in the role of Deputy Technical Manager and assumed the role of Country Manager in early 2016. Prior to joining MPRL E&P, Sithu Moe Myint spent most of his career with Chevron providing asset development support to conventional oil, heavy oil, and deep water gas projects.


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Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 15:00 GMT/ 10:00 am CT/ 11:00 am ET or convert time
Location: Downtown Des Moines Marriott Hotel, Iowa

One quarter of children under age five worldwide are chronically malnourished. The World Food Prize event “Let Food Be Thy Medicine,” brought together scientists, policymakers and food and nutrition experts from around the world to share insights on ways in which malnutrition can be tackled with smart policies, innovation and political will.  Key is to prioritize investments in people – during the earliest years of life -- because it underpins the very future of nations.

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Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 14:00 - 20:45 GMT/ 10:00 am - 4:45 pm ET or convert time
Location: Preston Auditorium, Washington DC

The World Bank Group and the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) are hosting the seventh GW October Annual Entrepreneurship Conference. The event will bring together policymakers and experts from around the world to share insights on how to support small and medium enterprises and promote entrepreneurship as a key driver of local growth and innovation.

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Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time: 15:00 - 16:30 GMT/ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET or convert time
Location: JB-1-080, WBG Headquarters, Washington DC

The State of the Africa Region seminar provides an opportunity to reflect on the main trends shaping the economic development of the region. The seminar will discuss key challenges and opportunities facing Africa in an increasingly turbulent global economic environment. A special focus will be on macroeconomic and structural policies to boost productivity growth and restore the growth momentum in Africa. Bolstering productivity would position Africa to seize emerging opportunities in the global economy, including in Asia, thereby reducing the continent’s dependence on commodities.

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