A government led by the National League for Democracy (NLD) took office in April 2016 in Myanmar, the first civilian government in decades. The new government has launched new economic policies and accelerated efforts for the peace process under the leadership of the state counselor, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. On August 31, 2016, the Panglong 21 st Century peace conference gathered government representatives, military officials, armed ethnic groups and other stakeholders in the capital Nay Pyi Taw.

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Access to basic infrastructure and services remains a challenge in both rural and urban areas. Only one-third of the population has access to the national electricity grid, while road density remains low at 219.8 kilometers per 1,000 square kilometers of land area. However, with the recent liberalization of the telecommunications sector, mobile and internet penetration has increased significantly from less than 20% and 10% in 2014, to 60% and 25% respectively in 2016. Myanmar is one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries exposed to multiple hazards, including floods, cyclones, earthquakes, landslides, and droughts, ranking 2nd out of 187 countries in the 2016 Global Climate Risk Index and 9th out of 191 countries in the INFORM Index for Risk Management.

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