Can Rangoon’s Traffic Woes be Solved?

RANGOON — Dr. Maung Aung has the ambition to ease a shared source of suffering for Rangoon residents since 2011—traffic congestion—by the end of the year, implementing a series of changes from a computerized traffic control system to a drastically streamlined bus network. He is the secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA), formed […]

Thailand cracks down on migrant workers as anti-immigration feelings rise

BANGKOK: Thailand is cracking down on migrant workers from neighbouring countries, saying they are “stealing jobs from Thais”, amid fears that anti-immigrant sentiment is rising as Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy stagnates. In an operation led by the Thai labour department, police and troops on Wednesday raided a fresh produce market in Bangkok and arrested 14 […]

Mergui is Myanmar’s next emerging destination

THE Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar is poised to open up to the broader tourism landscape within the next two years. According to research by C9 Hotelworks, the archipelago, located in far southern Myanmar and comprising over 800 islands of varying sizes, is seeing a surge in tourism interest, especially from the upscale segment. From 1,158 […]

A Land Eager to Look Rich: Luxury Brands Edge Into Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar — “Every man has a crazy hobby,” said U Thiri Thein Than, an automotive engineer from Yangon who also has a home in Tokyo. “For me, it’s cars and watches.” For years Mr. Thiri Thein Than, 40, has done his higher-end shopping overseas. But in March, he visited a boutique that the Swiss […]

Japan’s MHM merges with Thai firm in first tie-up of its kind

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto (MHM), one of Japan’s largest law firms, has acquired leading firm Chandler & Thong-ek (C&T) in Thailand as part of a push into South East Asia. The acquisition comes just over a year after the Japanese firm opened its third ASEAN office in Bangkok. The office is located in the same building […]

Myanmar’s Kanbawza Bank opens office in Bangkok

KBZ representative office has been opened at Sathorn Square Office Tower. (Photo courtesy of Kanbawza Bank) Kanbawza Bank (KBZ Bank) has opened a representative office in Bangkok, the first Myanmar bank to establish an international presence. Earlier this year, KBZ Bank officially received a licence from the Bank of Thailand to open the office in […]

Myanmar ripe for investments in services sector as economy grows

MYANMAR IS in need of more investments, especially in the service sector, as the economy is showing strong growth, Aung Kyan San, managing director of Crown Education, a business and consultancy firm based in Yangon, said last Friday. “Foreign investors still have a lot of opportunity in Myanmar thanks to the growing economy, and this […]

Burger King finds new throne at Yangon International Airport

A new king has been crowned at Yangon International Airport. Global fast-food giant Burger King opened its doors in Terminal 1 on July 1 – marking its first entry into Myanmar. The airport outlet’s launch follows similar bids made by fast-food rivals KFC and Pizza Hut – both Yum! Brands franchises – into the local […]

How ASEAN is adapting to a democratic Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi will land in Bangkok for the first time since her triumphant 2015 election victory on June 23. Her Thai military hosts know something about elections: They tend not to respect their outcomes. As Myanmar’s democratic icon knows well, if you want to do high-level diplomatic business in Southeast Asia then you […]

Thailand reaffirms Dawei plans, but does Myanmar?

“The governments of Thailand and Myanmar reaffirmed that the Dawei megaproject will create thousands of jobs and improve the livelihoods of people along the border,” according to Thailand’s caretaker Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha. Prayuth was speaking at a joint press conference in Bangkok on Friday. Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi also addressed reporters, […]