March 30th, 2016
Episode 681 of 895 episodes
Myanmar's first civilian leader in more than 50 years, Htin Kyaw, has been sworn in. We ask what the new president will do for businesses and the economy of Myanmar. Thiri Thant Mon is founder of investment firm Sandanila, which is seeking international investors for Myanmar, and Lex Rieffel is a Myanmar expert at the Brookings Institute in Washington. Also in the programme, the price of vanilla has doubled. We find out what it means for farmers in Madagascar from Charlie Thuiller, co-founder of high-end ice cream business Oppo. Plus we have the latest in our series of features marking the 25th anniversary of World Business Report. Editor Martin Webber looks back at some of the big business and economic stories in Africa over the last quarter century.