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Myanmar’s electrification plans need foreign funds

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Subject

Electricity sector development in Myanmar.

Significance

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) may raise electricity tariffs to mitigate spiralling government subsidies exacerbated by growing electricity demand of 5-7% annually, reports citing the department’s permanent secretary said on April 7. The government is pushing electrification as Myanmar’s burgeoning economy diversifies.

Impacts

  • Electrification could aid Myanmar’s poverty reduction aims and its economic productivity.
  • Energy-saving measures such as energy-efficient lighting and building designs are required.
  • Off-grid electrification will utilise renewables.
  • Higher business electricity tariffs would have inflationary effects and could see business closures.

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