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The challenge of electrifying Myanmar's households

November 13, 2020

Myanmar’s elected leadership has committed to achieving universal electrification by 2030. But before this can happen, two crucial questions need to be answered. First, what exactly is the size of the challenge at hand? Second, what needs to be done to take Myanmar from where it is today – with 23.5 million people living in energy poverty – to where it wants to be in just ten years? Smart Power Myanmar CEO Richard Harrison and senior policy advisor Matthew Arnold set out to answer these questions and more in this article in The Myanmar Times. Describing everything from the crucial role of last-mile connections to the importance of deeper private sector engagement, they set out the magnitude of Myanmar’s electrification challenge and the steps that need to be taken to ensure that every household, business and community has access to the transformational impact of viable, reliable electricity.