The Straits Times
Published on Sep 26, 2012

Myanmar reforms started because democracies prosper


The Myanmar government started on reforming the country's political and economic system because it saw that countries that have a market-oriented, democratic system do well, said a senior government leader on Wednesday.

Lower House Speaker Thura Shwe Mann, who is seen as a key driver of the country's recent reforms, said in an exclusive interview with the Straits Times that the move towards democracy and a market economy was stated in the country's 2008 constitution.

"We have learnt that those countries that practise democratic systems prosper... We would like to see prosperity take place in Myanmar too," he said through an interpreter.

Mr Shwe Mann is in Singapore for a four-day official visit that ends on Wednesday.