Easing of US sanctions on Myanmar to boost trade and investment

THE US Treasury’s tweaking of its Myanmar sanctions this week will boost trade and investment in the Southeast Asian country, and signals support for the mandate of the new civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi, writes Eric Yep. Entities close to the former military junta are still under sanction. But at the same […]

Cronies Disappointed As US Sanctions Extended

RANGOON — In wake of the extension of most of the US sanctions on Burma on Tuesday, several cronies have remained on the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list, despite the expectation that they would be removed. Sanctioned businessman Khin Shwe, chairman of the Zay Kabar Group of companies, told The Irrawaddy, “Some people have suggested […]

Extension of US sanctions ‘will not hurt us’: Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi

NAY PYI TAW: The extension of US sanctions on Myanmar will not hurt the country, said Myanmar’s State Counsellor and Foreign Minister, Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday (May 18). Her first public remarks on the sanctions came at a joint news conference with visiting Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan. The US announced on Tuesday […]

Targeted Myanmar tycoon may profit from US sanctions changes

YANGON, May 18 (Reuters) – Standing among the party seeing off Myanmar’s new president as he left for Russia on Wednesday was leading businessman Htun Myint Naing, better known as Steven Law. Only the day before, the United States had added six of his companies to the Treasury’s blacklist, a move that is unlikely to […]

Myanmar welcomes US move to ease more sanctions

YANGON – A US decision to pare back economic sanctions on Myanmar could unclog investment as the country claws its way out of poverty, Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government said Wednesday, welcoming the move. Suu Kyi’s party took power in March after clinching a majority at last year’s election, the freest in generations for […]

U.S. Plans to Ease Myanmar Trade Sanctions

The U.S. Treasury Department is preparing to make it easier for American companies to do business through a port in Myanmar that is owned by a sanctioned company whose reclusive owner has close ties to the ruling military junta. Since July, U.S. banks have been wary of processing payments for trade through the main port […]

Manhattan prices in Yangon

International NGOs are facing strong criticism in Myanmar not for the work they do, but for the large amounts of donor money they spend on renting offices. Recent reports have found that considerable sums are paid for office space in Yangon, where most organisations have their head offices. Adding to the controversy, some of these […]

Myanmar’s Aviation Industry Booms Despite Grim Safety Record

KONEMOE, Shan State — Htay Aung was riding pillion on a motorbike last Christmas morning, wending through the cool hills of eastern Burma, when Air Bagan Flight 11 came down on top of him. The Fokker 100—more than 24 tons of aircraft, plus 65 passengers and six crew—sheared its way through trees and power lines, […]

Award of major airport contracts offers new clues about Thein Sein government’s approach to doing business.

Subscribe to our Tender Alert. We send out email alert on Tender and EOI as it happens. Yangon’s still-sleepy international airport has grown increasingly busy amid a growing tourist trade, a flood of Western diplomats and NGOs re-establishing themselves in Myanmar, and planeloads of corporate executives coming to see whether all the changes are real. […]

New and Improved Airports Needed as Myanmar’s Tourism Grows, Officials Say

RANGOON — With the winning bids for Burma’s three major new airport projects due to be announced by the end of this month, officials say the contracts are necessary, given that the government hopes to draw over 7 million tourists to the country by 2020. The existing international airports for Rangoon and Mandalay will be […]