Power Sector Development in Myanmar

37 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2015

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Kee-Yung Nam

Asian Development Bank

Wena M. Cham

Asian Development Bank - Economic Research

Paulo Rodelio Halili

Asian Development Bank

Date Written: October 2015

Abstract

While the economic literature has yet to establish whether greater electricity consumption leads to faster economic growth, or vice versa, it is widely accepted that the better provision of electricity can enable pro-poor growth. Because electricity consumption is expected to grow in emerging economies such as Myanmar, it is important that the government prioritize its stable, efficient, and affordable supply. This paper assesses Myanmar’s electricity sector and recommends several concrete policy options to enable government to address issues such as supply security, greater accessibility, and affordability, especially for the poor and disadvantaged. The paper also estimates infrastructure demand and the corresponding investment requirements to narrow the supply gap in the power sector.

Keywords: electricity access, Myanmar, power investment gap, power sector development, supply security

JEL Classification: H54, L94, Q43, Q47

Suggested Citation

Nam, Kee-Yung and Cham, Wena M. and Halili, Paulo Rodelio, Power Sector Development in Myanmar (October 2015). Asian Development Bank Economics Working Paper Series No. 460. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2708829 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2708829

Kee-Yung Nam (Contact Author)

Asian Development Bank ( email )

6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550
Metro Manila
Philippines

Wena M. Cham

Asian Development Bank - Economic Research ( email )

6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550
Metro Manila
Philippines

Paulo Rodelio Halili

Asian Development Bank ( email )

6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550
Metro Manila
Philippines

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