I was quite pleased to read the news article inferring that Myanmar is currently prepared to join the world’s community of nations, so I hope that they are prepared to treat their nationals with respect and dignity. The Burmese are on the whole a beautiful gentle caring race of people, For the people of Myanmar ( Myanmar tourist visa
) have for far to long relied on their community and spiritual way of life to ensure that they are equipped to journey past the woes brought upon them by the oppression they have endured at the hands of their military.
Back in the 90’s I had the privilege to work in Yangon as a consultant to their fledgling mobile telecom community, albeit my work lasted only for a short period of time, an issue of a few months. Global hotel chains rushed to Yangon to build and operate spectacular hotels of amazing quality, regrettably as they did keep to the democratic discipline, these hotels have stood largely empty.
In terms of my reason to be there it had been to counsel them on the requirements required to implement a mobile telephony network around Myanmar. As they were trying to embrace cellular telephony, as it seemed as though they needed to put in a network, they then were beginning to start up the country again.
During the period which I traveled to and from Myanmar, a journey that I found to be fraught with difficulty thanks to all of the procedural requirements to obtain visa, I saw an infra-structure which was reminiscent of the war decades across Europe. There were older Bedford lorries and buses which were readily 50 years old and were still operating as originally planned, it was as though the world hadn’t moved on. For me personally this brought a kind of charm to my trips which was pleasurable to see and expertise, but I abandoned the country for greater amenities so never really had to go through the practical effect for any period of time.
The French were involved in areas such as; Telephone exchange systems through to restaurants. I had been advised by colleagues I worked with to help keep my own council if I be in any bars throughout my evenings, so they were indicating the occurrence of French intelligence, a ceremony who were there in Myanmar to shield French companies from foreign competitors. I have no idea as to whether I brushed along side these men so had no experience to say if this was true or not. But, I’d certainly been advised to maintain my own council and especially around the bar of the Strand Hotel, a bar where the couple expats that were at Myanmar frequented, I count embassy private amongst the expats.