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Growing high-end avocados for the world in Shan State

Daniel Bennett, managing director and co-founder of Shan Orchard Myanmar, reckons Myanmar is the perfect place for the company to reach its goal of growing up to 100 acres of premium Hass avocados for export. “We are interested in southern Shan, where our orchard is, because of its unique subtropical/temperate climate, which is ideal for […]

Illegal jade trade still thriving despite mining suspension

Myanmar jade is still being smuggled across the border to China in large quantities despite the government having suspended new licences for two years now, U Zaw Bo Khant, vice chair of the Myanmar Gems and Jewellery Entrepreneurs Association said at a gems forum last week. That implies the existence of a large and illegal […]

From beans to gooseberry, rice-mad Myanmar eyes healthier diet

Opening the lid of her rice cooker, a luxury bought when power finally came to their village in central Myanmar three years ago, Tin Aye scooped out two fat ladles for breakfast. “I cannot go without eating rice. Since the start of the day, all my stomach asks for is rice,” said the 52-year-old mother […]

Merchants request AQSIQ certificates for exports to China

A request has been submitted to the government to arrange for General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ) registration for agricultural, livestock, marine and industrial products exported to China as soon as possible, according to U Ko Ko Gyi, member of the border trade promotion working committee […]

MoU on official rice exports to China to be signed soon

Under a program between Myanmar’s Yangon and China’s Kunming, a Memorandum of Understanding on official rice exports to China will be signed soon, said U Aung Htoo, Deputy Minister of Commerce. “We plan to sign the MoU for the export of rice and broken rice to China by this month or next. Negotiations are at […]

Tanintharyi landholders sued under new law

Local government officials and companies are already using the recently amended land law to remove villagers from disputed land, according to lawyers in southern Myanmar. The Vacant, Fallow, Virgin (VFV) Land Management Law, amended on September 2018, set a March 11 deadline for anyone occupying or using “vacant, fallow, or virgin” land to apply for […]

Sino-Myanmar border trade falls by $562 mln in Q1

The value of Sino-Myanmar border trade between 1 October and 4 January totalled US$1.24 billion, a decrease of $562.8 million compared with the corresponding period of the previous financial year, according to data from the Ministry of Commerce. Border trade stood at $1.8 billion in the same period of the 2017-2018 fiscal. The drop in […]

Myanmar at losing end in border trade disagreements: leaders

Myanmar must take steps to negotiate bilateral trade agreements with its neighbours to avoid volatility in border trade with China and India, as the consequent losses for locals can be huge. “There is currently no precise policy for border trade. Every country should have a policy to deal with trade disagreements and volatility. Right now, […]

Is Myanmar Ready to Become a Regional Trade and Supply Hub?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently pledged to promote more than 150 quality infrastructure projects in five nations in the Mekong River subregion—Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos—under a new blueprint, the Tokyo Strategy 2018 for Mekong-Japan Cooperation, which will be effective from 2019 to 2021. Japan and China are competing for influence in Southeast […]

On Myanmar border, a city thrives

Opening-up has played a key role in the economic development of Tengchong, Yunnan province, both in the past and today, local authorities say. “It is not hard to see that all the economically active periods in Tengchong’s history were those when we had close contacts and deep exchanges with South and Southeast Asia, and the […]