Although the governing National League for Democracy made the fight against corruption a top priority, it only began undertaking noteworthy steps to ramp up the fight against corruption in 2018. Further, the judiciary is not independent, with lawyers and judges continuing to experience threats, and with monitoring and harassment from state officials.

While the economy performed quite well in recent years, the Rohingya crisis in Rakhine State, led to a decline in Foreign Direct Investment and tourism. Account deficits have also been rising.

In terms of governance, Myanmar has not overcome many severe obstacles to a peaceful transformation. While the government slightly reduced the influence of the powerful nationalist Buddhist monks, it did not even try to constrain the influence of the armed forces in matters relating to security and ethnic conflict.

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