January Monthly Seminar_Zoom Meeting  

How can Myanmar’s Economy recover?

Australia Myanmar Institute invites you to a scheduled Zoom meeting

Date: January 30, 2023 (Monday)  

Duration: 1 hour

Time: 06:00 – 07:00 PM AEST Time (13:30-14:30 Myanmar/Yangon Time)

Join Zoom Meeting: please click here

Meeting ID: 550 615 4368

Passcode: 12345 

We are honoured by the readiness of Prof Sean Turnell to speak at this seminar.  He is a member of AMI’s special advisory group and he has unequalled knowledge of the Myanmar economy and what will be needed to restore its vitality after two years of destruction by the military junta’s actions.

Sean is an Australian economist and former economic policy advisor to State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar. He is also an honorary professor of economics at Macquarie University, a former staff member of the Reserve Bank of Australia, and the director of research at the Myanmar Development Institute. In 2009, the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies published his book on key periods in the history of Myanmar’s financial sector, Fiery Dragons: Banks, Moneylenders and Microfinance in Burma

Sean was detained in Myanmar between February 2021 and November 2022 for 650 days, charged and later convicted in a sham trial with breaching the Myanmar Official Secrets act while working in an advisory capacity to the State Counsellor.

Associate Prof Dr Htwe Htwe Thein is in the Faculty of Business and Law at Curtin University in Perth.  She is internationally known for her work on international business and the economy in Myanmar and has co-authored numerous publications on business topics.  She has specialised expertise in labour relations in Myanmar’s garment industry.  She is also well-known as a commentator on foreign direct investment and development and business and human rights in Myanmar.  She is widely published in books and journals around the world, has received various awards and is also a member of Curtin’s Sustainability in Business Council.

Prof Tim Harcourt, is a long-time colleague of Sean’s and is now Industry Professor and Chief Economist at the Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG) at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). He was also previously the first Chief Economist of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) and Research Officer/Advocate with the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

He has been an Adviser to 2 State Premiers and 3 Federal Cabinet Ministers and has been an International Economist with the Reserve Bank of Australia and has worked as an economist in the private sector in USA, UK and Israel. Tim specialises in Australia’s economic engagement with the Global Economy particularly Asia, Latin America and Emerging Markets.  He is well known through his podcast as The Airport Economist.

***NOTE: Zoom can work very well, but it poses difficulties for people with a poor internet connection. So, people from Myanmar (or elsewhere) who might have a poor internet connection or low bandwidth should turn off the video mode and listen to the seminar. You may be able to switch on the video from time to time just to see who is speaking, but definitely don’t use the video mode if you wish to speak yourself.  You can also pose questions using the chat function.  The whole seminar will be uploaded later on the AMI website and Facebook page.