Myanmar 2021

Statement on the Myanmar Economic Forum

As of April 21st, 2021, the Asian Economic Forum has taken over the responsibility of running the Myanmar Economic Forum until further notice.

The research and engagement interests of the Myanmar Economic Forum will be administered by the following Board of Managers:

Dr. Michael F. Martin (Board of Managers term expiration end of Q2 2023)

Cheery Zahau, Country Program Director (Myanmar)  Project 2049 Institute & UN HRC Representative of Persons of Concern Myanmar.
(Board of Managers term expiration end of Q4 2021)

Dinesh Ahluwalia, Founder, Myanmar Economic Forum, Asian Economic Forum Company Limited.
(Ex-officio position on the Board of Managers)

We also thank Lillian Wang, previously Senior Director and Country Director (Myanmar) VISA Inc. for her time and commitment to the Board and all our initiative during her tenure at the Myanmar Economic Forum.


The Board of Managers of this newly constituted Myanmar Economic Forum (also herein referred to as Myanmar 2021) and will be primarily responsible to help the formation of the following two Committees:

Myanmar Constitutional Working Committee – Co-Chaired by Cheery Zahau

We further look forward to bringing on this Committee Myanmar / Burmese people (lawyers, scholars, academics, human right activists residing in Myanmar, in hiding or residing overseas) representing gender and ethnic diversity that are committed to the drafting of a new Constitution that potentially helps establish a federal democratic republic form of government.

Myanmar Constitutional Advisor Committee – Co-Chaired by Dr. Michael F. Martin

We are further looking forward to bringing on this Committee global thought leaders, Burma experts, constitutional lawyers and scholars from centers of academic excellence.

The Board of Managers will keep the leadership of a new to be constituted Board of Directors at the Asian Economic Forum updated on the progress, challenges and opportunities of the two abovementioned Committee’s on a regular basis.

Statement on the Military Coup that occurred in Myanmar / Burma on February 01st, 2021 (dated circa. February 2021).

~ We strongly condemn the military coup on February 01st, 2021 and call upon the Tatmadaw for the immediate release of all detainees.

~ We call for the Tatmadaw to immediately, reinstate the NLD as the elected government despite the imperfections of the elective process and to respect the will of the voters.

~ We call upon all stakeholders to ensure that new elections are afforded to all regions and communities that were systematically bypassed and affected on Nov 08th, 2020.

~ We call upon all stakeholders to consider that the Union Election Commission (UEC) be reconstituted as an autonomous constitutional authority with meritocracy based appointments for all its governing officers.

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