Connectivity and the Healthcare Sector in Myanmar


Announcing: Walsh, John, “Connectivity and the Healthcare Sector in Myanmar,” paper presented at the First Workshop of the Second Phase of ERIA Digital Economy, Innovation, and East Asia’s Competitiveness (January 21st-22nd, Bangkok).

I attended the first workshop of the second phase of ERIA’s project on the Digital Economy, Innovation and East Asia’s Competitiveness at the Westin Grande Sukhumvit Hotel, here in sunny Bangkok earlier this week. It went well. Here is my abstract:

One of the results of the long isolation of Myanmar and its people has been the way in which its healthcare industry has become obsolete and lacking in resources. Although wealthy Myanmar people have been able to travel to Thailand or Singapore for contemporary standards of healthcare for the last few years, this option has not been available for the majority of the people. Instead, they have been required to rely on low-cost options, such as the use of generic pharmaceutical products and traditional remedies, in the absence of affordable and high-quality local services. The issues are compounded by the absence of modern healthcare products, the inability of healthcare staff to learn from overseas sources and the limitations on modern communications on almost any subject. However, this situation is changing as the country is opening to the world and burgeoning connectivity is enhancing the ability of individuals and organizations to exchange information, travel and import equipment and expertise. Inevitably, the degree to which people are able to benefit from these changes is uneven because there is not an even distribution of the means of connectivity, i.e. infrastructure, education, market access and equipment. This paper reports on both qualitative and quantitative programmes of research aimed at identifying the different uses of ICT in improving connectivity in healthcare in Myanmar, featuring respondents in both the urban centre of Mandalay and in rural areas. The quantitative research will focus on the everyday life of people and the ways in which aspects of connectivity are incorporated within those lives with respect to various aspects of healthcare. The qualitative research will focus on personal interviews with a range of relevant stakeholders in activities relating to healthcare, including healthcare provision, use of medical laboratories, importing of healthcare equipment, pharmaceutical distribution and hospital management. The results of the research are added to already existing knowledge of Myanmar society to illustrate the nature of rapidly changing lives that are inequitably providing previously unavailable opportunities and aspirations. Some policy recommendations are drawn from the analysis.

Keywords: connectivity; healthcare; inequitable change; Myanmar; social change

The next workshop is likely to be in Indonesia in April, by which time a draft paper should be available for all participants.


The Basis of Industrial Policy



Lao-Hakosol, Wilaiporn and John Walsh, “The Basis of Industrial Policy,” International Review of Management and Development Studies, Vol.2, No.1 (December, 2017), pp.31-7, available at:


This paper outlines the basis for industrial policy as part of the means by which statelevel developmental goals might be achieved. Some ideas are provided for bringing this basis up to date bearing in mind contemporary issues in the external environment.

Keywords: Policies, Industrial Policies, Framework, Components of policies, International Policies

Lifestyles of East Asia’s Nouveaux Riches


Ampornstira, Fuangfa and John Walsh, “Lifestyles of East Asia’s Nouveaux Riches,” International Review of Management and Development Studies, Vol.2, No.1 (December, 2017), pp.1-4, available at:


This short paper considers some of the implications of the lifestyles of Asia’s
nouveaux riches and how consumption opportunities and behaviour might change in the future.
Keywords: Lifestyle, Inheritence Riches, Culture, China


Peer Reviewing 2017

Peer Reviewing

Eight times for the Journal of Economics, Management and Trade

Fifteen times for the African Journal of Business and Management

Issues in Business Management and Economics

Three times for the African Journal of Marketing Management

Two times for Asian Journal of Economics, Business and Accounting

Three times for ICBMR (conference in Indonesia)

Asian Journal of Advances in Agricultural Research

Ten times for Asian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Economics & Sociology

Asian Education and Development Studies

Archives of Current Research International

Twenty times for ICMC 2017

Six times for Acta Universitatis Danubius Oeconomica

Journal of Agriculture and Ecology Research International

Current Journal of Applied and Science and Technology

Two times Journal of Economics and International Finance

International Journal of Livestock Production

Five times for African Journal of Agricultural Research

European Journal of Family Business

Journal of Contemporary Asia

Advances in Research

Fifteen papers for ICMC Young Scholars award.

International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance

Two times for Pertanika

Seven times for Journal of Perspectives on Development Policy in the Greater Mekong Region

Three papers for the 2018 AIB conference


Book Reviews 2017

Book Reviews

Agamben, Giorgio, The Fire and the Tale, SIU Journal of Management, Vol.7, No.2 (December, 2017), pp.94-6, available at:

Ali, Tariq, The Extreme Centre: A Warning, Nepalese Journal of Management Science and Research, Vol.2 (2017), pp.71-2, available at:

Austen, Jane, Northanger Abbey, Ladprao 64, available at:

Baxter, Stephen and Alastair Reynolds, The Medusa Chronicles, Ladprao 64 (2017), available at:

Chang, Ha-Joon and Ilene Grabel, Reclaiming Development: An Alternative Economic Policy Manual, SIU Journal of Management, Vol.7, No.1 (June, 2017), pp.103-7, available at:

Cheng, Joseph Y.S., The Use of Mao and the Chongqing Model, The Journal of Shinawatra University, Vol.3, No.1 (January-April, 2016), pp.53-5, available at:

Cornwell, Bernard, The Archer’s Tale, Ladprao 64, available at:

Dick, Philip K., The Man in the High Castle, Ladprao 64, available at:

Gaiman, Neil, Norse Mythology, Ladprao 64 (2017), available at:

Hamilton, Peter F., Night without Stars, Ladprao 64 (2017), available at:

Hanley, Steve, The Big Midweek: Life inside The Fall, Ladprao 64, available at:

Harvey, David, Rebel Cities, Vol.7, No.2 (December, 2017), pp.100-3, available at:

Honda, Tetsuya, The Silent Dead, Ladprao 64 (2017), available at:

Kawabata, Yasunari, The Old Capital, Ladprao 64 (2017), available at:

Leckie, Ann, Ancillary Justice, Ladprao 64, available at:

Liu, Cixin, Death’s End, Ladprao 64, available at:

McEwan, Ian, On Chesil Beach, Ladprao 64 (2017), available at:

Morris, Marc, King John: Treachery, Tyranny and the Road to Magna Carta, The Journal of Shinawatra University, Vol.3, No.1 (January-April, 2016), pp.58-61, available at:

Munro, Alice, Open Secrets, Ladprao 64, available at:

Pasuk, Phongpaichit and Chris Baker, Unequal Thailand: Aspects of Income, Wealth and Power, Nepalese Journal of Management Science and Research, Vol.2 (2017), pp.67-8, available at:

Piketty, Thomas, Chronicles on Our Troubled Times, SIU Journal of Management, Vol.7, No.1 (June, 2017), pp.96-9, available at:

Reynolds, Alastair, Revenger, Ladprao 64, available at:

Rice, Anne, Of Love and Evil, Ladprao 64, available at:

Sassen, Saskia, Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy, The Journal of Shinawatra University, Vol.3, No.1 (January-April, 2016), pp.51-3, available at:

Schlosser, Eric, Gods of Metal, Nepalese Journal of Management Science and Research, Vol.2 (2017), pp.69-70, available at:

Stross, Charles, Empire Games, Ladprao 64, available at:

Upreti, Bishnu Raj, Sagar Raj Sharma and Suman Babu Paudel, eds., Food Security in Post-Colonial Nepal, SIU Journal of Management, Vol.7, No.1 (June, 2017), pp.99-103, available at:

Varoufakis, Yanis, Adults in the Room, SIU Journal of Management, Vol,7, No.2 (December, 2017), 96-100, available at:

Zizek, Slavoj, Against the Double Blackmail: Refugees, Terror and Other Troubles with the Neighbours, The Journal of Shinawatra University, Vol.3, No.1 (January-April, 2016), pp.55-8, available at:


Journal of Shinawatra University, Vol.3, No.3 (Sep-Dec, 2016)

Welcome to the Vol.3, No.3 (Sep-Dec, 2016) issue of the Journal of Shinawatra University. This is a double-blind peer-reviewed academic journal accepting papers in any field of scholarly endeavour.

Journal of Shinawatra University

Volume 3, Number 3, Sep-Dec, 2016

Table of Contents

Editor’s Introduction

Peer Reviewed Papers

The Ancient Economics of Japan: Criticizing the Economics Situations of Japan in Ancient time until Edo period – Sittichai Anantarangsi

Analysis on Present Situation in Tuanjie town Kunming for being a prototype of Agritainment mode – Yang Fang

Automation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Thailand: Evidence from the Automotive Industry – Somlerk Karnwiwat

Book Reviews

Society and Economy in Ancient Nepal by Prakash Narayan – John Walsh (download here: Narayan)

Democracy in What State? by Agamben, Giorgio, Alain Badiou, Daniel Bensaid, Wendy Brown, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Rancière, Kristin Ross and Slavoj Žižek – John Walsh (download here: Agamben)

Shan and Beyond: Essays on Shan Archaeology, Anthropology, History, Politics, Religion and Human Rights by Montira Rato and Khanidtha Kanthavichai, eds. – John Walsh (download here: Shan)

General Editorial Policies                                       


CRC Conference Programme December 16th, 2017

Good evening,

This is the conference programme for next Saturday, December 16th: there will be some changes as new people will join and others cannot attend. The programme is Con-Pro Dec 17.