Toshihiro Kudo of IDE-JETRO, Carnegie’s Vikram Nehru, Ryosuke Nakata of Japan International Cooperation Agency, Orit Frenkel of General Electric, and Manpreet Anand of USAID examined the current state of Myanmar’s economy and near-term development plans and prospects. They discussed development opportunities and policy priorities related to Myanmar and the region.

Toshihiro Kudo

Toshihiro Kudo is senior researcher at the Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO). He is an expert in development economics and the economy of Myanmar. Previously, he was director of Southeast Asian Studies Group II of the Area Studies Center at IDE-JETRO. He served in Yangon as visiting research fellow at Yangon Institute of Economics and the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (2000–2003).

Vikram Nehru

Vikram Nehru is a senior associate in the Asia Program and Bakrie Chair in Southeast Asian Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. An expert on development economics, growth, poverty reduction, debt sustainability, governance, and the performance and prospects of East Asia, his research focuses on the economic, political, and strategic issues confronting Asia, particularly Southeast Asia.

Manpreet Anand

Manpreet Anand currently serves as a senior adviser in the Asia Bureau of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Anand was most recently with Chevron Corporation, where he worked as a senior policy adviser and provided policy analysis and guidance on emerging geopolitical and socioeconomic issues. He previously served as the senior policy adviser for South and Central Asia issues on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs and has also worked in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Orit Frenkel

Orit Frenkel is senior manager for international trade and investment at General Electric (GE). She has over twenty-five years of experience in international trade and economic policy, and she is responsible for advising and representing GE businesses on international trade and investment issues in Asia. Previously, she served as trade negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative with lead responsibility for various bilateral and multilateral trade agreements. She is a member of the U.S. Government Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Trade in Services.

Ryosuke Nakata

Ryosuke Nakata is deputy director general for the Southeast Asia and Pacific department at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) where he supervises country operations for Myanmar. Nakata specializes in formulation of country assistance strategies, macroeconomic risk assessment, and providing strategic advice to operational programs. In his 25 years with JICA, he has served as senior adviser in the credit risk analysis department, deputy director general for urban and regional development in economic infrastructure department, and senior representative in the Washington D.C. office.