Edible bird’s nests in high demand from China, Malaysia and Thailand

The edible bird’s nests produced by swiftlets from the Myeik archipelagoes in Taninthayi Region are readily purchased in China, Malaysia and Thailand, it is learnt. The bird’s nests are exported through Ranong  to Thailand and are also sent to Yangon. The merchants export these bird’s nests to Malaysia and China after the nests are purified, […]

Small industrial zones lack government support

Investment should be directed toward upgrading the country’s ageing industrial zones, as the government contemplates launching new ones, say Yangon industrialists. As the Yangon Region government and Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) mull the regeneration of the country’s industrial base, the owners of existing factories say more can be done to make them competitive. U Ko […]

Shell paves road to Myanmar success with its own bitumen

YANGON — Royal Dutch Shell is diversifying its operations in Myanmar, aiming to promote its brand and strengthen ties with the new civilian government. The Anglo-Dutch oil company’s primary focus in the country is offshore resource development. Recently, though, it has been pushing to sell more finished products such as bitumen and lubricants. It hopes this […]

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, […]

Chinese company to build oil refinery near Dawei SEZ in Myanmar

YANGON — A Chinese state-affiliated company plans to build an oil refinery near a special economic zone in Dawei, Myanmar, a development led by the Japanese and Thai governments. The move may force Japanese companies to review their plans to pursue opportunities offered by the development of the Dawei special economic zone in the southwestern Myanmar city. The government-appointed […]

Doubts raised over Chinese oil refinery plan

A Chinese-led US$3 billion plan to build Myanmar’s largest oil refinery near the southern city of Dawei has raised questions about China’s strategic intentions in launching apparently commercially unviable projects, while local groups have already signalled their opposition. Guangdong Zhenrong Energy Co, a Chinese state-controlled commodity trader, said the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) had signed its […]

China seeks ‘new chapter’ in first visit with Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

HONG KONG – China and Myanmar pledged to open a “new chapter” in their sometimes strained relationship, raising the prospect that stalled Chinese investment projects in the Southeastern Asian country could be allowed to resume. Aung San Suu Kyi, head of Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy and newly installed foreign minister, and her Chinese counterpart, […]

Thais feel impact of booming Dawei

BANGKOK • Saw Hdaik Oo, from Dawei in Myanmar, left home for Thailand when he was 15, in search of a job. He was fortunate to find one at a seafood-processing factory in Ranong, southern Thailand. And then even luckier to be promoted to oversee the refrigeration at a plant in Mahachai, which has one […]

Foreigners eligible to apply for motorcycle licences in Dawei

Foreigners residing and working within Myanmar’s southern Tanintharyi Region for a long period of time are eligible to apply for a regional motorcycle license, according to the Road Transport Administration Department. It is known that those foreign travellers staying within the region for a period of over fifteen days can apply for a motorcycle license, […]

Roads can convert Myanmar from economic void to hub

  YANGON — Once regarded as “Asia’s missing link,” Myanmar is undergoing a road construction boom. Seen as vital for economic development, arterial roads are being planned and built with greater urgency, and advances in democratization as well as cease-fires with ethnic minority rebels have sped projects along. The construction of roads connecting Myanmar with […]