I was very happy to read the news post inferring that Myanmar is currently ready to join the world’s community of nations, so I trust that they are ready to treat their nationals with dignity and respect. The Burmese are on the whole a lovely gentle caring race of folks, For the people of Myanmar ( visa for Myanmar
) have for far to long relied on their community and spiritual way of life to make sure that they are equipped to journey past the anxieties brought upon them from the oppression they have endured at the hands of their military. For the Burmese people 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 take place.
Back in the 90’s I had the privilege to operate in Yangon as a consultant to their fledgling mobile telephony network, albeit my work lasted just for a brief period of time, an issue of a few months. International hotel chains rushed to Yangon to build and operate spectacular resorts of incredible quality, sadly as they did keep to the democratic area, these hotels have stood largely empty.
As for my reason to be there it had been to counsel them on the prerequisites needed to employ a mobile telephony network across Myanmar. As they were trying to adopt cellular telephony, as it seemed as though they needed to devote a network, then they were beginning to open up the nation again.
During the period that I traveled to and from Myanmar, a travel which I found to be fraught with difficulty due to each the procedural requirements to get visa’s etc., I saw a infra-structure that was reminiscent of the war years across Europe. There were older Bedford lorries and buses that were readily 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 for my trips which was pleasurable to see and expertise, but I abandoned the country for better facilities so never actually had to experience the practical impact for any time period.
The French were included in areas such as; Telephone exchange systems through to restaurants. I had been advised by colleagues I worked to help keep my own council should I be in any bars during my evenings, they were signaling the occurrence of French intelligence, a service who had been there in Myanmar to protect French businesses from foreign competitors. I don’t have any idea as to whether I brushed along side these men so had no experience to say whether this was true or not. However, I’d certainly been advised to maintain my own council and especially around the bar of the Strand Hotel, a bar where the few expats that were in Myanmar frequented, I count embassy private amongst the expats.