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    Myanmar Budget Brief, November 2023
    (Washington, DC: World Bank, 2024-01-12) World Bank
    This budget brief presents a summary of developments in Myanmar’s public finances. This report includes three sections that cover the aggregate fiscal update, public finance developments in states and regions, and core service ministries. The report relies on data from published reports of the Ministry of Planning and Finance, and other publicly available information.
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    Myanmar Fiscal Monitoring: Myanmar Budget Brief
    (Washington, DC, 2022-11) World Bank
    This budget brief presents a summary of developments in Myanmar’s public finances. This report includes two sections that cover the aggregate fiscal update and public finance developments in core service delivery ministries. The report relies on data obtained from published reports of the Ministry of Planning and Finance, and other publicly available information. Where news reports are referenced, additional efforts were made during the monitoring process to triangulate reports from several reputed news media sources to ensure the veracity of the information presented.
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    Results from Myanmar Firm Monitoring: Round 13 Detailed Note
    (Washington, DC, 2022-09) World Bank
    On average, firms operated at 58 percent of their capacity in September 2022 - the lowest since December 2021. Almost half of all firms reported that volatility of the kyat was their most pressing concern, and 75 percent of all firms reported negative impacts of the kyat depreciation against the US dollar. In the three months to September 2022, 63 percent of firms raised prices, resulting in a 22 percent average increase in output prices over that period. Only 66 percent of firms were confident in remaining open for the next month - the lowest since December 2021.
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    Myanmar​ Monitoring Platform - Household Surveys: Results from the February 2022 High-Frequency Phone Survey of Households​ - Round 7
    (Washington, DC : World Bank, 2022) World Bank
    This report focuses on the results of round seven high frequency phone survey of households in Myanmar conducted in February 2022.
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    Myanmar Monitoring Platform - Household Surveys: Results from the May 2022 High-Frequency Phone Survey of Households
    (Washington, DC : World Bank, 2022) World Bank
    This report focuses on the results of round eight high frequency phone survey of households in Myanmar conducted in May 2022.
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    Improving Health Services in Myanmar through Public Financial Management Reform
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2021-08-03) World Bank
    To support socioeconomic development objectives and improve service delivery, the former government of Myanmar issued a public financial management (PFM) reform strategy (2019-2022). Plans were underway to modernize PFM legal and regulatory frameworks, systems, and practices to improve the efficiency of public expenditures and services that are critical for citizens. First Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and then recent political events in Myanmar not only disrupted service delivery, but also emphasized the criticality of public health service delivery. This brief offers a selective overview of a more in-depth assessment of the health sector conducted jointly by the former government and the World Bank in 2020 to support this effort. While it does not take into account the impact of political events that occurred in February 2021, it summarizes the assessment’s central findings and recommendations for enhancing health financing, service delivery, and efficiency at all levels of health care, when the conditions are right. The assessment is based on a large survey of health practitioners, including at the frontlines.
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    Rapid Information from Household High-Frequency Survey: Summary of Results from Round 4
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2020-12-08) World Bank
    The brief presents the main findings from the fourth of eight rounds of a nationally representative survey of 1,500 randomly selected households in all states/regions of Myanmar. The survey was undertaken by conducting a 20-minute phone call with respondents from 7th to 29th October 2020.
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    The Firm-Level Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Round 5 Results
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2020-11-24) World Bank
    The economic impact of the second wave of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic remains significantly more severe on businesses than the first, according to the World Bank’s firm-level survey. As government stay-at-home orders persist, the overall share of temporary closures among firms has slightly increased in October 2020. Different regional mandates have yielded varying degrees of temporary closures across Myanmar with almost half of all firms in Yangon temporarily closed, double the national average. This brief focuses on the survey results that was administered between October 13 and 28, 2020 and covered a nationally representative sample of five hundred firms.
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    Rapid Information from Household High-Frequency Survey: Summary of Results from Round 3
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2020-10-28) World Bank
    This brief presents the main findings from the third of eight rounds of a nationally representative survey of fifteen hundred randomly selected households in all states/regions of Myanmar. The survey was undertaken by conducting twenty minutes phone call with respondents between July 30 and August 20, 2020.
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    The Firm-Level Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Summary of Results from Round 4
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2020-10-28) World Bank
    The economic impact of the second wave of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Myanmar has been significantly more severe on businesses than the first wave, according to the World Bank’s firm-level survey. The latest survey, the fourth in a series of eight surveys planned, was administered between September 11, 2020 and October 1, 2020, and covered a nationally representative sample of five hundred firms. The fourth round of the survey overlaps with the beginning of the second-wave of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and re-introduction of stay-at-home orders that started initially in Rakhine in late August and then in Yangon in early September. This note provides a snapshot of how the firms' outcomes and response to the pandemic have changed between the months of September and October 2020.