Obama’s visit a sign of Myanmar’s dizzying pace of change

(Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP)

Allison Morris stood in front of a crowded conference room in a downtown Yangon hotel and introduced a pair of would-be entrepreneurs called Team Optimist on Sunday, the eve of President Barack Obama’s visit to Myanmar.

Heavy going in Myanmar’s transportation

(Photo: Damir Sagolj / Reuters)

For more than a century, owners of ox-drawn carts, World War Two-era trucks and decrepit buses have descended on a shrine under a banyan tree in Myanmar’s biggest city to bless one of the world’s oldest vehicle fleets, dominated by wheezing Japanese rust-buckets from the 1980s or older. Today, as the country emerges from 49 years of isolation, the Shwe Nyaung Pin Nat Shrine has new visitors - freshly minted cars. 

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