Where does Burma stand in ASEAN? – economy edition

As ASEAN presses forward with economic integration, targeted for 2015, there’s been a surge of interest, especially among the younger generation, to establish a pan-ethnic, pan-national identity. Just the other day, I watched a Thai music video with Thai artists singing in all of the ASEAN national languages (the Burmese was incomprehensible). My misgivings about the ASEAN Economic Community aside, I found a series of interesting glossy infographics (full report here) comparing different metrics, both social and economic, (everything from milk consumption to effective tax rates) among the ASEAN countries.

Readers beware, some of the statistical sources are questionable. Regardless, it’s an interesting, if not, fun, take at the great variation among ASEAN countries.

They’re produced by ASEAN DNA. According to the About page:

ASEAN DNA is a series of joint-publications from Human Resources Institute of Thammasat University and the Department of ASEAN Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand. The goal of the series is to promote a mutual understanding and good will among ASEAN members in the move toward our vision of “One Vision, One Identity, One Community”. First of the series is ASEAN Infographic which is an outcome of a research endeavor on important comparative statistics of the ten ASEAN nations.

Economic sectors 2011 and Inflation 2011-2015

Source: Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2011 (link)

Remarks: Burma is the most heavily agriculture-reliant country in ASEAN.


Annual Milk Consumption

Source: Chartsbin.com (link); FAO (link)

Remarks: The Burmese consume quite a lot of milk compared to its neighbors. For perspective, 25.5 L is equivalent to every Burmese person drinking an 8 oz cup of milk 3 times a week.

CO2 emissions 2010

ASEAN mobile phones trend and density

Source: ASEAN Community in Figures (ACIF) 2011 (link)

Mobile OS 2011


Population Density 2010

Workforce of the Future

Source: Labour and social trends in ASEAN 2010 (link)

Imports and exports

Top 3 Export Goods (2010)

REmarks: How. How are mung beans (matpe, မတ်ပဲ) Burma’s 2nd biggest export?! That’s news to me.

ASEAN Imports 2010

Source: ASEAN Community in Figures (ACIF) 2011 (link)

FDI Inflow 2009

Source: ASEAN Community in Figures (ACIF) 2011 (link)


ASEAN Tourists Proportion 2010

Source: ASEAN Community in Figures (ACIF) 2011 (link)

Trend of tourists arrival

Source: ASEAN Community in Figures (ACIF) 2011 (link)

Farming and fishing

Major crop production 2009

Source: ASEAN Agricultural Commodities Outlook 2010 (link)

Poultry Production Per Total Meat Production

Source: ASEAN Statistical Yearbook 2008 (link)

Pork Production per Total Meat Production

Source: ASEAN Statistical Yearbook 2008 (link)

Beef production per total meat production

Source: ASEAN Statistical Yearbook 2008 (link)

Remarks: I was quite surprised to see that beef production is relatively high in Burma, considering the beef taboo that exists, especially the rural rice-growing regions.

Fishery Production 2010

Source: SEAFDEC (link)

Remarks: one again, quite surprising that Burma is reported to have 100% of its fishery production come from fish farms…

% of Land Are Covered by Forest

Source: World Bank (link)

Accountant 2010 Total Registered Number

Source: ASEAN Federation of Accountants 2010 Report (link)

Engineer - Number of AER-registered ENgineers


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