Prestigious forum draws decision-makers to Myanmar

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 | Finance News

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar is preparing to show off what two years of reform-minded elected government has accomplished as it welcomes hundreds of business titans and decision-makers from around the world to the Asian edition of the prestigious World Economic Forum.

President Thein Sein will inaugurate the meeting Thursday, scheduled to share the stage with the prime ministers of Laos and Vietnam to discuss opportunities for development in Asia. Organizers boast that it is the first international conference of its size and importance to be held here.

While the conference has the inclusive theme of "Courageous Transformation for Inclusion and Integration," the focus of most participants will be on Myanmar, emerging from almost five decades of military rule into the challenges of transitional democracy and the potentially lucrative status of a frontier economy.