How ASEAN should navigate a tricky 2016

Many turbulent events in 2015 were symptoms of a world lacking in optimism and growth, and facing possible changes in the global order. Even as social and economic uncertainties continue, competition is increasing among major powers, especially between the US and China. There is not much that smaller countries can do to directly change these […]

Myanmar wants foreign investment to create jobs

As Myanmar’s economy has opened up, it has become far more attractive to foreign investors. The country attracted less than a billion dollars worth of foreign direct investment in 2010, but recent government figures suggest it could be five times that much in the current financial year. Our correspondent Jonah Fisher spoke to Aung Naing […]

Job creation falling short: U Serge Pun

Prominent businessperson U Serge Pun said Myanmar has a mixed scorecard on job creation, and is not seeing the employment growth it could achieve. While the government has clearly place employment on the agenda, the amount of jobs being added over the last two years had fallen short of the desired results, he said at […]

Myanmar’s telecom dividend

Myanmar starts to see the development of its telecom sector after decades of inactivity, the investments by multinational businesses are creating an opportunity for new jobs for skilled Myanmar workers, especially those who have some kind of experience abroad. Telenor of Norway and Ooredoo of Qatar have promised to fill many job opportunities, and their […]

Ahead of Elections, Thilawa Pitched as Jobs Booster

YANGON — Officials hope that the soon-to-start “Special Economic Zone” at Thilawa near Myanmar’s commercial capital Yangon will underpin a jobs boom in time for the country’s 2015 elections. Building work at the 6,000-acre Thilawa SEZ will begin soon, according to Set Aung, deputy governor of Myanmar’s Central Bank. Set Aung told The Irrawaddy that […]

Myanmar’s Work Hopes Still Up in the Air

PANTANAW/YANGON — U Than Zaw shook his head as he stared across the waterlogged fields. “Over there, that’s where my land is,” he said, swinging a tattooed arm out through the bamboo frame of a waterside hut. We were standing just off the road linking Yangon, Myanmar’s heaving commercial capital, with Pantanaw, a flood-prone farming […]

Thai firm Double A wins tender for new paper plant in Myanmar

Subscribe to our Tender Alert. We send out email alert on Tender and EOI as it happens. Double A, a Thai firm, announced yesterday that it has won a 30-year contract for an advanced paper plant in Thabaung, which is under the Ministry of Industry, for US$ 80.5 million (Ks 78.32 billion). The ministry had […]