The government has been widely praised for major economic initiatives, including unifying multiple exchange rates, and enacting a foreign investment law.
However, experts warn that social unrest may lie ahead if the benefits of reform do not trickle down, and fast, to the country’s most disadvantaged.
“This is potentially one of the major issues the reform process may have to face,” Slingsby said.
“Manifestations of discontent with poverty will take place,” said Win Htein, a lower-house MP from Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, predicting frequent protests as democracy is embedded.
“But they [protests] cannot reach the stage of threatening the government.”