I was very happy to read the news article inferring that Myanmar is now prepared to join the world’s community of states, so I trust they are prepared to take care of their nationals with dignity and respect. The Burmese are on the whole a beautiful gentle caring race of people, For the people of Myanmar ( visa Myanmar online
) have for way to long relied upon their community and spiritual way of life to make sure that they are equipped to travel beyond the anxieties brought upon them by the oppression they have endured at the hands of the army. For the Burmese individuals have experienced their calm and spiritual character exploited to the extreme by the military junta which has controlled this country, we the west have stood by and allowed this oppression to happen.
Back in the 90’s I had the privilege to work in Yangon as a consultant with their fledgling mobile telecom community, albeit my job lasted only for a brief period of time, a matter of a month or two. Global hotel chains rushed to Yangon to develop and operate spectacular hotels of amazing quality, sadly as they did keep to the democratic area, these resorts have stood largely empty.
As for my reason to be there it had been to counsel them about the prerequisites required to implement a mobile telephony network around Myanmar. As they were trying to adopt cellular telephony, as it looked as though they wanted to devote a network, then they were beginning to start up the country again.
Throughout the period that I traveled to and from Myanmar, a travel which I found to be fraught with difficulty thanks to all of the procedural requirements to obtain visa’s etc., I saw an infra-structure that was reminiscent of those war years across Europe. There were older Bedford lorries and buses which were easily 50 years old and were still operating as originally planned, it was as if the world had not moved on. For me this brought a kind of charm to my excursions that was enjoyable to see and experience, but I left the country for greater amenities so never really had to go through the practical effect for any period of time.
However, what was a surprise to me; was the presence of French nationals plying their trade. The French were included in areas like; Telephone exchange programs through to restaurants. I was advised by colleagues that I worked to help keep my own council if I be in any bars during my evenings, they were indicating the occurrence of French intelligence, a service who were there in Myanmar to shield French companies from foreign competitors. I have no idea as to whether I sliced along side these men so had no experience to say if this was true or not. But, I had been advised to maintain my own council and especially around the pub of the Strand Hotel, a bar where the few expats which were in Myanmar frequented, I count embassy personal amongst the expats.