Roads can convert Myanmar from economic void to hub

  YANGON — Once regarded as “Asia’s missing link,” Myanmar is undergoing a road construction boom. Seen as vital for economic development, arterial roads are being planned and built with greater urgency, and advances in democratization as well as cease-fires with ethnic minority rebels have sped projects along. The construction of roads connecting Myanmar with […]

Thailand’s ruling general bets US$83 billion on taming the wild frontier with Myanmar

BANGKOK — For much of the past century, the Thai border town of Mae Sot stood on one of Asia’s wilder frontiers. On the opposite bank of the swirling, mud-brown Moei River in neighbouring Myanmar, Karen insurgents waged a seemingly endless independence war. Smugglers trafficked guns, opium, timber and gemstones. Then there was the two-way […]

2nd Thai-Myanmar bridge signed

Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith signed an official agreement on Thursday for the construction of a second Thai-Myanmar bridge across the Moei River from Mae Sot district of Tak province. The minister said he signed the deal with Myanmar Construction Minister U Kyaw Lwin in Naypyidaw on Thursday. Thailand’s Highways Department is responsible for the construction […]

Thai-Myanmar border trade resumes through Mae Sot

Myanmar soldiers reopened ports on the Moei River opposite Tak province to trade on Tuesday night after Thai authorities allowed oil exports to resume through pipelines to Myawaddy. Myanmar soldiers had closed 23 ports on the river bank on Tuesday morning. This followed Thai officials’ recent decision to ban fuel deliveries through pipelines. They said […]

Thai fuel ban begins to hit Myawady

Myawady – Thailand banned the export of petrol, diesel and oil to Myawady since last Sunday and there would be shortages within a week, said filling station owners. “We are facing shortage of diesel right now. It can be imported officially through the Friendship Bridge but we have a lack of oil trucks and have […]

Thailand’s Prajin gives nod to new Myanmar bridge

The Transport Ministry will allocate 3.9 billion baht to build a second Thai-Myanmar bridge across the Moei River and finance other infrastructure projects. Transport Minister Prajin Juntong was speaking on Friday after a meeting on infrastructure and customs development with a special economic development policy committee. He said the budget will cover the second Thai-Myanmar […]

Have we destroyed Mother Nature’s gift beyond repair?

A recent news report stated that illegal logging is decreasing in Shan State. It also reported that illegal logging has been clamped down with the army’s assistance. Moreover, we have also learned that the Forest Department distributed three teak saplings to each household in Kywebwe town last month to encourage people’s participation in their afforestation […]