Myanmar commercial capital to get $293 million rail upgrade

YANGON – Myanmar has approved the overhaul of a circular rail system in its commercial capital, Yangon, in a step towards modernising a city choked by traffic jams and under pressure from an influx of migrants lured by an expanding economy. The US$207-million (S$293 million) Japan-funded upgrade to the 48-km (30-mile) system will focus on […]

BTMU’s First Three Months Dealing Dollars in a Land of Kyat

Three months ago, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) won a race by hours to become the first foreign bank to have a branch in Yangon on April 22 this year. In the three months since, the financial behemoth has struggled with the kyat, but has overall found workarounds to the country’s schizophrenic economy. Like […]