The ‘Lean, Clean And Green’ AIIB Is Ready For More Ambitious, Independent Projects

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has been operating for eighteen months, and, contrary to the fears of some Western analysts, the bank has tightly controlled risks, engaging in projects that are sensitive to local politics, social conditions, and the environment. While the AIIB has mainly been working closely with other multilateral development banks, the […]

Why India Isn’t Really ‘Acting East’ in Myanmar

As an ascendant economic and political power, India has long been eager to assert its influence on the global stage, particularly in neighboring Southeast Asia. India’s intentions for foreign engagement are best articulated in its so-called Act East policy, an ambitious effort to elevate Indian influence via economic and strategic links with the subregion. Central […]

What do Local and International Businesses Make of The Belt and Road?

Businesses in Myanmar generally welcome the Belt and Road Initiative’s (BRI) investment boost for the country’s infrastructure development. Some urged Myanmar to be more proactive in navigating its involvement in the scheme. Many emphasised the importance of transparency, public engagement and adhering to international practices. But some have also expressed reservation and scepticism against China’s ambitious […]

‘One Belt, One Road’ Welcomed With Some Caution

China is convening from Sunday a large two-day summit in Beijing to tout its ambitious “One Belt, One Road” development strategy. The initiative proposed by China’s leadership seeks to promote massive infrastructure projects, spanning 65 countries in Asia and Europe and about 40 percent of global gross domestic product. Many Asian countries, including populous Indonesia […]

National Reconciliation Key in Myanmar’s Development: ADB

While most of the Japanese people are enjoying five days of Golden Week holidays, areas around Pacifico Yokohama have been busy with people from around the world on business. More than 3000 people from across the globe have been busy attending seminars and meetings on the 50th annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). […]

Implementation is key: ADB Vice President

​​ Myanmar has tremendous potential for development and the government is on the right track. These are the comments of Stephen Groff, Asian Development Bank’s vice president for East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific. In an exclusive interview at Yangon office on March 7, he discusses importance of implementation, infrastructure investment and meetings with […]

Sembcorp Takes Another Step on Myingyan Project

​​ Singaporean energy firm Sembcorp signed a build-operate-transfer (BOT) agreement with Myanmar’s energy ministry yesterday for the Myingyan power plant, a high profile energy project expected to receive loans from a variety of international lenders. Tan Cheng Guan, Sembcorp Industries’ head of group business development and commercial, signed the BOT agreement with U Htein Lwin, […]

AIIB Looks Forward to Promoting Infrastructure in Myanmar: President

President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Jin Liqun said here on Tuesday that the AIIB is looking forward to promoting infrastructure in Myanmar. A delegation from the AIIB led by Jin Liqun is visiting Myanmar. Speaking to the press in Nay Pyi Taw after meeting with Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, […]

China-led AIIB approves $320 mln in loans to Pakistan, Myanmar power projects

The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) approved loans totalling $320 million to energy projects aiming to ease severe power shortages in Myanmar and Pakistan, the bank said on Thursday. A $300-million loan will fund expansion of a hydropower project in Pakistan, co-financed with the World Bank, and a loan of $20 million went to a power plant in Myanmar co-financed with other lenders, […]

Myanmar’s Foreign Policy Rebalance

The country’s shift in its alignments is about more than just China and the United States. Myanmar’s new government is making its international debut. In mid-August 2016, Beijing welcomed Aung San Suu Kyi on her first visit to China since becoming Myanmar’s state counselor and foreign minister. This followed her trips to Myanmar’s ASEAN neighbors […]