Myanmar Automated Cargo Clearance System to be installed in Thilawa SEZ in November

Myanmar’s Customs Department will install the new Myanmar Automated Cargo Clearance System (MACCS) at airports, port terminals and at the Thilawa Special Economic Zone in November this year, it has been learned. Plans are also underway to install the MACCS at cross-border areas after his new programme is successfully implemented within Yangon Region. With the […]

Myanmar pushes ahead with new carrier, airport

Asia’s recently democratized nation, Myanmar (formerly Burma), is expanding its aviation capability with a new airline and the construction of an international airport. The new carrier, to be named Asian Blue Aviation, is joint venture (JV) between Japan’s full-service carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Myanmar-based banking, infrastructure and telecoms company Golden Sky World, a […]

Yongnam, Changi Airport consortium is a step closer to Myanmar airport deal

A consortium comprising JGC Corporation, Yongnam Holdings and Changi Airports International has sealed a framework deal with Myanmar’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) to build and manage a new international airport in Yangon, Myanmar. The signing of the agreement marks an important step towards the eventual inking of the Hanthawaddy International Airport concession agreement, the […]

Central Bank of Myanmar plans first real-time payments system

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) plans to introduce a real-time gross settlement (RTGS) system by the end of 2015. Deputy governor Winston Set Aung says the country’s first ever RTGS will help to reduce the size of the cash economy, as the system will allow transfers between banks to be settled immediately. An unnamed […]

Driving change in the hydro sector

As readers of IWP&DC will know, there is a need to get hydropower companies into the discussions that shape policy and regulations. Together, says Kate Lazarus, Senior Operations Officer at the International Finance Corporation, we can play a role in driving change in this sector. Hydropower projects in Lao PDR have soared in recent years. […]

U Thin Sein Pushes Economic Ties, Dawei Support

President U Thein Sein looked to strengthen business ties with regional economic heavyweights at the 25th ASEAN Summit, including pushing for international support for an ambitious Dawei special economic zone plan. The president discussed promoting measures for economic growth with his Japanese, Indian and Indonesian counterparts on the sidelines of the event, which was held […]

Japan seeks opportunity in Dawei SEZ

Japanese officials from the ministry of economy, trade and industry met with the committee chairperson of the Dawei Special Economic Zone on July 20 to discuss investing in the project. The Dawei Special Economic Zone project was to be carried out by the Italian-Thai Development Plc (ITD) but was halted after the company sought more […]

ADB to assist on poverty alleviation and HIV prevention projects

Asia Development Bank (ADB) has signed an agreement with the Myanmar government, with cash funding provided by the Japanese government, to carry out poverty alleviation and HIV prevention projects for rural people, according to bank officials. “The cash assistance for the livelihood of rural people is aimed at poverty reduction and community-based development,” said Putu […]