Aung San Suu Kyi set for new role in Myanmar, akin to being Prime Minister

NAYPYIDAW: A Bill to appoint Aung San Suu Kyi in a powerful, newly-formed role in Myanmar’s government is expected to be tabled to parliament on Friday (Apr 1) in a bid to give the National League for Democracy (NLD) party leader more influence over the running of the country. The role of State Counsellor would […]

Myanmar no longer the “sick man” of ASEAN – the honour now goes to…’

A sideshow that went unnoticed during the recent United States-Asean summit in southern California was Thailand’s standing in the pecking order of leaders on both sides of the Pacific. In years past, Myanmar – formerly Burma – was the sick member of Asean when the 10-member grouping held top-level meetings with American and European counterparts. […]

Implications of Myanmar’s election on Thailand

The outcome of the November 8 election will impact on Thai-Myanmar relations in a variety of ways in the years to come. For the first time, the upcoming poll will represent a full-fetched electoral process in Myanmar under the watchful eyes of regional and international observers as never before. The election comes at a time […]

Tribute to Lee Kuan Yew, Founder & Architect of Modern Singapore (1923 -2015)

“He walks tall among giants. Never run from a fight and never cowed even when we were expelled from Malaya. A leader of men. A change agent who found the fulcrum to lift an entire country out of poverty. A bringer of hope. A man of his time. Always in our heart.”  Andrew Tan – […]

Myanmar: Opening up business to the world

MY FIRST visit to Myanmar was in 1985 – it was at a time when the country was still struggling to find its footing from years of internal strife and international disdain. There is really no need to describe a country in this situation, where its political and economic struggles are visible in the streets […]

Myanmar fortune-teller San Zarni Bo predicts an end to crisis in Thailand

San Zarni Bo was evasive when asked if Thaksin Shinawatra’s former wife Pojaman had flown to Myanmar and consulted him about her fate. The famous fortune-teller appeared to be confident, however, about what he foresees in the near future for Thailand. He even gave specific dates for predictions of what lies ahead. “Leaders of the […]

India’s EXIM Bank Agrees More Than $350M in Credit to Myanmar

YANGON — The Indian government’s Export-Import Bank (EXIM Bank) has said it will loan Myanmar more than US$350 million to finance irrigation projects and improvements to the country’s railways. In an announcement Dec. 26, the bank, which opened an office in Yangon in September, said it would extend credit to the Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank […]

Japan, Myanmar sign investment pact

TOKYO — Japan and Myanmar on Sunday signed an investment treaty to nurture closer business ties as the once secluded Southeast Asian country opens its fast-growing economy to more foreign commerce. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Myanmar President Thein Sein signed the deal in summit talks following a gathering of leaders from the Association of […]

Thailand: Pongsak’s mission to revive Dawei hopes

The government has named a special task force headed by Energy Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisal in its latest move to kick-start the massive Dawei project in eastern Myanmar. Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Niwatthamrong Bunsongphaisan said Mr Pongsak will lead a team to Myanmar today together with officials from the Finance and Interior Ministries and […]

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi meets Singapore leaders on 5-day visit

Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met Singapore’s political leaders on Monday, on the fourth day of her first visit to the city state since released from house arrest. Suu Kyi, who is here for a five-day official visit as chair of a lower house committee of Myanmar, called on Singapore President Tony Tan. […]