Asian Insider Podcast: Myanmar descending into economic collapse

Police march through a market in February as they clear away protesters from holding a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon.
Police march through a market in February as they clear away protesters from holding a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon.PHOTO: AFP

Asian Insider Ep 70: Descending into economic collapse

18:29 mins

Synopsis: Each month, The Straits Times' US bureau chief Nirmal Ghosh presents an Asian perspective of the week's global talking points with expert guests.

The international community needs to brace for a humanitarian catastrophe in Myanmar, as analysts Richard Horsey and Pwint Htun tell Asian Insider.

They discuss the following points: 

1. People risking their lives to withdraw cash (4:16)

2. UN should consider delivering aid through mobile phones (9:33)

3. Criminal networks already well-entrenched in Myanmar (12:40)

4. Risk of state failure spreading to centre of Myanmar (14:00)

5. Military has undone decades of progress in poverty alleviation (15:27)

Produced by: Nirmal Ghosh (nirmal@sph.com.sg) & ST Video team

Edited by: ST Video team and Aleemah Basirah

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