Myanmar scored 46.9 in the Heritage Foundation’s newly published Index of Economic Freedom 2015, which is well below the regional average of 58.8 and the global average of 60.4 This ranks the country as the 161st freest economy in the world, or 38th out of 42 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The report noted that Myanmar’s overall score is a 0.4 point improvement over last year, but suggested that the government “continue its reform agenda with particular emphasis on stamping out corruption, enforcing property rights, creating an independent judiciary, and further opening up the economy to the international marketplace”.