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Cultural Adaptation: Things expatriates should know when working with Myanmar

Connect @ Breakfast – 07 December 2022, Novotel Yangon Max

Connect @ Breakfast – 07 December 2022, Novotel Yangon Max

Cross-culture leadership is the biggest challenge for expatriates working overseas. All these challenges also apply while expatriates work with/in Myanmar, a country with a long and rich cultural life. Working with totally different communication styles and behaviours would be painful for many expatriates, especially when Myanmar has been just open to the world for a decade.

Have you ever thought about how to get the best collaboration from your Myanmar colleagues in this tough time? Are you aware of Myanmar’s key cultural values? To learn all about these, CCI France Myanmar is hosting a breakfast event for you to meet an expert talking about the most important things expatriates should know when working with Myanmar people on Wednesday, December 7, 2022.

This Connect @ Breakast_Cultural Adaptation session will be conducted in English by Intercultural Trainer for expatriates, Ms. Hana Bui. Hana is a bestselling author about Myanmar of the book “When Global Meets Local – How Expatriates Can Succeed in Myanmar”, a must-read one for every expatriate in Myanmar.

The event aims to help expatriates to work well with their Myanmar Colleagues for achieving success in Myanmar. There will be a book signing corner by the author and the author will contribute 25% of the book sales to people in need in Myanmar.You can also order the book by contacting for books with authors’ signature and free delivery in Yangon. The book price is 34,000 MMK/book.

The event is open to both members and non-members and FMCCI would like to invite all expatriates, today’s and future business leaders as well as HR heads to join this cross-cultural knowledge-sharing session together with us.

Workshop – Bridging the cultural gaps for national and international colleagues in Myanmar

Published by Interculture Myanmar on 2 December, 2021

CCI France Myanmar offers the workshop “Bridging the cultural gaps for national and international colleagues” to get the best collaboration under this challenging time in Myanmar. The trainer is Hana Bui.

Please email for the request of quotation.

It includes three separate sessions plus the trainer’s report about issues and expectations of both international and national sides when working together and recommendations to achieve the best organizational collaboration in Myanmar.
Moderator and Consultant: Hana Bui, intercultural trainer and bestselling author about Myanmar who is currently living in Yangon.
Who should attend:
International organizations in Myanmar and coming to Myanmar
International organizations with remote management of expatriates
Myanmar organizations hiring expatriates
Bridging the cultural gaps between national and international colleagues for the best collaboration under the unstable and challenging time in Myanmar
• Interactive and tailor-made with a coaching approach
• The facilitator will provide key questions for participants’ preparations before the sessions
• 2-hour session with the representative of national/Myanmar employees (max 7
people with good English skills from various functions and locations). It is to
empower Myanmar colleagues to “speak out” freely. They can do it much easier
talking with a third professional party (the moderator).
Topics: issues when working with expatriates in this challenging time and
expectation about how expatriates should work with them
• 1-hour session with the expatriates of the company (max 5 people).
Topics: issues when working with Myanmar colleagues and expectation about how Myanmar colleagues should work with them. Updates about the current feelings
and thoughts of Myanmar colleagues.
• 3-hour joint session (both sides together): it is to introduce Myanmar culture and reveal the possible misunderstandings between both sides. It helps both sides
speak out and interact openly about their issues when working together, under the trainer’s moderation. It will help improve the effectiveness of intercultural
communication in the organization.
Topics: Updates of the current situation in Myanmar, Myanmar cultural values and business practices – related issues and feedback from both sides, facilitation for
mutual understanding and improving intercultural communication.
• The final report provided by the consultant Hana Bui: about issues and
expectations of both international and national sides and recommendations for
achieving the best intercultural collaboration under this challenging time.

Myanmar Cultural Awareness Workshop

Published by Interculture Myanmar on 29 October, 2021

The workshop is conducted by Hana Bui, Intercultural Trainer and Bestselling Author of the book “When Global Meets Local – How Expatriates Can Succeed in Myanmar”


  • Time: 6 hours, 3 hours/ session
  • Venue: Online
  • Method: tailor-made, interactive, and learner-centered for a small group (max 6 expatriates)
  • Capacity: This workshop is limited to 6 pax only. First-come, first-served registartion.
  • Price: 200 USD for members, 250 USD for non-members of CCI France Myanmar
  • Who should attend:
    • Expatriates working in Myanmar or coming to Myanmar
    • Expatriates managing teams in Myanmar remotely
  • Objective: To get the best cooperation from Myanmar colleagues in challenging time by understanding the culture, the people, and the current chaotic situation.

1. Culture and the expats’ biggest challenge of working overseas

  • Culture shock and the adjustment curve
  • The visible and invisible parts of culture 
  • Understand your own cultural heritage to understand other cultures
  • The biggest challenge of expats working overseas and in Myanmar

2. Understand Myanmar culture 

  • A sketch of the country: history, politics and economy
  • Key culture values of the country, plus key beliefs and attitudes
  • The Culture Contrast: Your own culture vs the country’s culture 
  • Cultural conflicts between expats and locals in Myanmar 
  • An update about the current situation – the difficulties that your Myanmar colleagues are facing

3. How to get the best cooperation from Myanmar colleagues in challenging times.

  • The local business practices and business etiquettes
  • What do Myanmar people think and feel at the moment?
  • What are the causes of current intercultural conflicts?
  • How to communicate and manage local colleagues during this time
  • How to foster relationships and build up trust with local colleagues during this time 

4. Living in Myanmar 

  • Public Behaviours, Social Etiquettes and the expat ghetto
  • Clothing, Dining, and Entertaining
  • Communication, Transportation, Health and Safety 
  • Holidays and Travel

5.    Reflection and handy tips

Successful business through better intercultural communication in Myanmar

Published by Interculture Myanmar on 7 June, 2019

Intercultural communication offers the ability to deal with different cultures. Since Myanmar is developing its economics for foreign direct investments and new market entry from Multinational Corporations (MNCs), intercultural communication is getting more and more important. The business owners, managers and employees are required to know basic social standards to communicate one another.

Hana Bui, Kyaw Zin Tun, Philippe Battle and Win Myint Aung will discuss the insights and exchange their experiences and ideas to improve intercultural communication in Myanmar while Werner Eggert, a consultant to the Myanmar Journalism Institute, will act as the moderator.

EVENT DATE: Tue, 11/06/2019 – 17:30-19:30 

ORGANIZER: CCI France Myanmar

VENUE: Melia Yangon Hotel


At the panel discussion – an fastinating and meaningful event!
Event invitation

Successful Business Through Better Intercultural Communication In Myanmar

Published by Interculture Myanmar on 15 June, 2019
Event Invitation

The 1st time panel discussion on “Successful business through better intercultural communication in Myanmar” aims at opening up the dialogue on the challenges of intercultural communications in Myanmar and bring solutions to improve the working environment of both Myanmar nationals and expatriates.`

The panel discussion will bring together professionals from both sides – Myanmar nationals and expatriates who have an extensive working experience in intercultural communications in Myanmar. Among the panelists, Ms. Hana Bui is an author and intercultural trainer about Myanmar, U Win Myint Aung is a Professional in HR and Corporate Affairs, U Kyaw Zin Htun is Head of PR and Communications at Iflix Myanmar, and Mr. Philippe Battle is General Manager of Accor Hotels Myanmar. The moderator of the event – Mr. Werner Eggert is a consultant for the Myanmar Journalism Institute.

With Ms. Hana Bui’s presence, attendants of the workshop will also get an opportunity to grab a signed copy of the book “When Global Meets Local – How Expatriates Can Succeed in Myanmar”. The book offers a first-time essential guide on how to work well in Myanmar and is currently attracting notable attention from the expat community in the Golden Land.

According to Ms. Hana Bui, the majority of the 50 Myanmar professionals working with expats who participated in her survey, pointed out that cultural issues/conflicts between expats and Myanmar nationals are most often derived from issues of communications and relationships. In addition to doing this survey, Hana also interviewed over 100 expats in preparation for her book.

Mr. Guillaume Rebiere, Executive Director, CCI France Myanmar shared that during his years of working in Myanmar, he has witnessed many tensions and frustrations between expatriates and Myanmar nationals, mostly due to mutual misunderstanding and lack of knowledge of others’ cultures. This is why CCI France Myanmar wants to organize this event to address these issues and to propose effective methods and solutions for improving intercultural communication inside companies in Myanmar.

Indeed, expats coming to work in Myanmar for the first time, often find themselves facing numerous unknowns or situation that they may find odd or surprising. It may lead them to having to overcome much confusion and many obstacles . The cultural challenges are often the biggest challenges of expats working oversea, let alone expats working in a newly opened country, which has just awakened after half a century of isolation. According to The Economist, a survey of senior executives from 68 countries indicates that 90% see “cross-cultural leadership” as the biggest management challenge of this century. Up to 40% of managers sent on overseas assignments terminate early. The cost for employers of each early return is between USD 250,000 and USD 1,250,000. In most cases, the reason is cultural issues rather than professional, technical skills.

For this reason, and in addition to this event, Ms. Hana Bui and CCI France Myanmar are partnering up to propose trainings aiming at helping companies and expatriates operating in Myanmar, to overcome the challenge related to cultural issues, that they face in their daily jobs.

For further information about the workshop, please contact:

Mrs. Pascaline Griffon, Business and Marketing Manager, CCI France Myanmar,

Ms. Hana Bui, author and intercultural trainer,

Published inAdminMyanmar

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