Siddhartha Basu

Siddhartha Basu is a Policy Economist for the State Fragility initiative, where he focuses on private sector development and the IGC’s engagements in Myanmar. He was previously an IGC Country Economist based out of Myanmar. Prior to joining the IGC, he was an Economist at Mekong Economics, a development consulting firm specialising in the monitoring and evaluation of donor-funded projects. He holds an MRes in Economics from the University of Bristol, an MSc in Economics from the University of Manchester, and a BSc in Economics from the University of Nottingham.

Content by Siddhartha Basu
  • Blog post

    မြန်မာနိုင်ငံရှိ စိုက်ပျိုးရေးတန်ဖိုးကွင်းဆက်အတွက် ငွေကြေးဖြည့်ဆည်းပံ့ပိုးမှု တိုးတက် ကောင်းမွန်စေရေး မူဝါဒများ

    ငွေရေးကြေးရေးဝန်ဆောင်မှုများသည် စိုက်ပျိုးရေးကဏ္ဍရှိ ကုန်ထုတ်စွမ်းအားနှင့် ဖွံ့ဖြိုးတိုး တက်မှုတို့ကို တွန်းအားပေးနိုင်သော...

    12 Jan 2021 | Siddhartha Basu , Alan de Brauw, Russell Toth

  • Blog post

    Agricultural value chain finance can help drive Myanmar’s agricultural growth

    Surrounded by some of the largest consumer markets in the world, at the nexus of important trade routes, and with its own growing consumer markets, Myanmar has tremendous potential as an agricultural producer. Yet one persistent obstacle is the agricultural sector’s lack of access to financial services, which can drive productivity and growth. Myanmar’s financial...

    11 Jan 2021 | Siddhartha Basu , Alan de Brauw, Russell Toth

  • Publication - Sub-thematic summary

    Trade: A summary of IGC research

    As rates of globalisation increase in most developing countries, trade openness and foreign market access have become even more important determinants of growth. Trade offers crucial opportunities for increases in productivity and job creation, as well as for igniting sustainable inclusive growth. At the same time, increased integration raises the penalties of inefficient...

    19 Feb 2020 | Siddhartha Basu

  • Blog post

    It’s good to talk: Improving industrial relations in Myanmar’s garment sector

    Myanmar’s garment sector has enjoyed rapid growth in recent years and is one of the government’s priority export sectors. However, rising industrial disputes, over issues such as working conditions and pay, pose a threat to the industry’s ability to export goods to major markets. An event co-organised by the IGC in Myanmar looked at the possible ways to improve both...

    27 Sep 2019 | Siddhartha Basu

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Myanmar’s emerging coffee sector: Opportunities and constraints

    Myanmar is home to ideal conditions for coffee cultivation, but the sector is still in its infancy. Growing demand in the region and increasing interest in high-quality coffee in developed markets presents a significant opportunity for expanding cultivation. Exports of coffee from Myanmar have increased in recent years. However, much of what is exported is sold to...

    23 Sep 2019 | Siddhartha Basu , Tim Dobermann, Rocco Macchiavello

  • Blog post

    Replenishing the rice bowl: Productivity and quality in Myanmar’s rice export industry

    Myanmar’s rice industry can be reignited by reforms. However, key challenges need to be addressed for the country to re-establish itself in the international market. Myanmar once held the distinction of being the world’s largest exporter of rice, accounting for one-third of the global rice trade in 1934-1935. Post-independence nationalisation of the industry was...

    17 Jul 2019 | Siddhartha Basu , Sudhanshu Sharma

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Contracts in international business

    This brief provides an overview of the main contract types in international business, and outlines the public-private partnership (PPP) process for the public and private sectors. It is intended as a reference document for government officers who are regularly faced with international business contracts. For these officers, knowledge of international norms can...

    27 Mar 2019 | Siddhartha Basu