Boldly going: the exotic ‘frontier’ markets that intrepid investors are tipping for take-off

It was 15 years ago that academics began to predict a shift in economic power from the old order of developed economies to the newly named “Bric” nations. Ever since, Brazil, Russia, India and China have been regarded as the coming powers, blessed with young populations, fast-urbanising societies and natural resources to fuel rapid growth. But the Bric […]

How Korea Is Conquering Myanmar, One Soap Opera at a Time

A Cinderella story of two antagonistic stepsisters and a love story about a woman with amnesia – these soap opera tropes may be South Korea’s ticket for greater influence in the slowly opening Burmese market. According to the Yonhap News Agency, the South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is teaming up with the […]

Myanmar most improved for ease of starting business

Myanmar has leapt up the World Bank’s ranking for ease of starting a business – moving from 189th out of 189 countries (or last place) last year, to 160th in new numbers released yesterday. This makes it the most improved country in the world in this category. For overall ease of doing business, Myanmar has […]

Serge Pun Constructs A Real-Estate Empire In Myanmar

The road to Star City is a rutted two-lane highway that threads past the ragtag outskirts of Yangon, crosses two rusted bridges and ends, almost an hour later, at a slick showroom on a grassy riverbank. A roadside billboard welcomes me to “A Model City of Tomorrow.” After a bumpy ride in monsoon rains the […]