Of all the countries in Southeast Asia, Myanmar has the greatest energy potential, yet is also the most power-starved. Less than a third of the population in Myanmar has regular access to electricity.
Electricity generation, though, is a big business. Prior to Aung San Suu Kyi’s rise to power in 2015, the military regime signed many shady deals with China involving mega-hydropower dams.
While an impressive amount of electricity is expected to be generated by these projects, the people of Myanmar are unlikely to benefit—most of the generated power is slated to leave the country.
Join New Naratif as a member to continue reading
We are independent, ad-free and pro-democracy. Our operations are member-funded. Membership starts from just US$5/month! Alternatively, write to email@example.com to request a free sponsored membership. As a member, you are supporting fair payment of freelancers, and a movement for democracy and transnational community building in Southeast Asia.