China, Myanmar sign MoU on feasibility study of Mandalay-Kyaukphyu railway

China and Myanmar signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Sunday to conduct feasibility study of a railway linking Mandalay, the country’s second largest city in Myanmar’s central region, with Kyaukphyu, the major town in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, according to a release from the Chinese embassy in Myanmar. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Chinese Ambassador […]

Analysis | India responds to Myanmar’s call for closer ties to balance out Chinese influence

For the first time, India’s foreign secretary and army chief made a joint visit to Naypyidaw earlier this week, fuelling talk that Myanmar has stepped up its efforts to balance China’s rising influence and New Delhi is ready to respond. In all previous Indian administrations, these officials would visit Myanmar at least once in their […]

Finnish Ambassador talks education and Myanmar relations

Finland’s Ambassador to Myanmar Ms Riikka Laatu recently sat down with Mizzima TV editor Myo Thant to discuss Finland’s long-standing relationship with Myanmar and the recent upgrade of the embassy in 2017. Here is the full interview. How do you view the Finland and Myanmar relationship today? The relationship between Finland and Myanmar is good. […]

Myanmar’s New Struggle: Keeping Foreign Investors Happy

A pariah state for decades, Myanmar’s recent emergence from economic isolation has attracted foreign companies and investors intrigued by the Southeast Asian nation’s untapped potential, abundant natural resources and low wage workforce. The first U.S. fast food restaurant, KFC, opened in 2015 and other assorted Western and Asian brands have popped up across the nation’s […]

A National Education Strategic Plan for a prosperous, peaceful and united Myanmar

The first National Education Strategic Plan (NESP) was launched today in Nay Pyi Taw by Myanmar’s State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The Plan includes a common policy framework which sets the strategic directions for the next five years; a clear road map for guiding all investments in the sector, both domestic and international; […]

Myanmar and Kazakhstan agree to develop tourism cluster

ASTANA. KAZINFORM – The Kazakh delegation headed by the Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Kingdom of Thailand Marat Yessenbayev has visited the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the press service of the Foreign Ministry informs. During the visit to the capital city of Myanmar Naypyidaw Marat Yessenbayev met with the Minister […]

Toyo radiator plant to locate in Thilawa SEZ

Toyo, a business conglomerate from Japan, will invest and construct its plant for car radiators in Thilawa special economic zone, said Ichiro Maruyama, minister-counsellor at Japanese embassy. “Japan’s leading manufacturer for motor parts is preparing to build its plant in Thilawa SEZ. Myanmar Japan Thilawa Development is in talks with the company. The plant would […]

US to open foreign trade service branch in Myanmar’s Yangon

YANGON, June 6 (Xinhua) — The United States will open a foreign trade service branch in Myanmar’s Yangon in a bid to boost trade ties with the Southeast Asian nation, according to state media Friday. It was touched upon when Myanmar President U Thein Sein met with visiting U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker in Nay […]

Former Norway Envoy’s Telenor Move Raises Eyebrows

The May 16 announcement that Norway’s former ambassador to Myanmar, Katja Nordgaard, will soon take a position with Telenor, the majority state-owned Norwegian telecommunications firm that signed a lucrative deal with Myanmar’s government last year, has prompted concern from some quarters about the ethics of what they see as just the latest example of an […]

Thai investment in Myanmar slowing

Thai investment in Myanmar, officially known as Myanmar, is likely to lag behind other countries, from second highest for accumulated value in Myanmar’s direct investment to eighth this year if it keeps investing at the current pace. Despite the steadily increasing clip of Thailand’s foreign direct investment (FDI), the growth is considered relatively low compared […]