Belt and Road shields Myanmar from Beijing’s capital crackdown

BEIJING’S recent crackdown on outbound investments does not affect Myanmar because of its involvement in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The sectors targeted by the restriction do not concern investment projects here, which are mostly infrastructure and energy-related. The Chinese government is blacklisting businesses which violate foreign investment rules as part of a broader […]

Property taxes worth less than a cup of tea

Bi-annual property taxes paid by many urban residents in Myanmar are merely worth the price of two cups of tea, according to an August study conducted by Yangon-based Renaissance Institute, which is funded by the UK, Australia and Switzerland with support from The Asia Foundation. In Yangon, the amount collected over the same period is […]

Myanmar expects 6 bln USD foreign direct investment yearly

NAY PYI TAW, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) — Myanmar is expecting to attract about 6 billion U.S. dollars of annual foreign direct investment starting from 2018, U Maung Maung Win, deputy minister of the Ministry of Planning and Finance said Tuesday. In accordance with the Foreign Direct Investment Promotion Plan (FDIPP), the country is expecting about […]

‘Tremendous opportunity for growth’ identified in the BIMSTEC region

Participants at a Yangon roundtable discussion today point to largely untapped opportunities for trade, communication and cultural exchange in a region of 2.5 billion souls. Parami Roundtable and Mizzima Media Group organised a roundtable on Myanmar and BIMSTEC to commemorate the celebration of 20 years of BIMSTEC. BIMSTEC, known as Bay of Bengal Initiative for […]

Myanmar execs seek help in fostering human resources

TOKYO — Even as more Japanese companies are eyeing the growing business opportunities in Myanmar, the young country and its more than 50 million people are in need of help in developing human resources in addition to infrastructure, a fact emphasized by several prominent businessmen from the country, speaking at a seminar on Monday in […]

Govt urged to establish Belt and Road taskforce

From tackling illegal border trade to constructing Kyaukphyu SEZ, the to-do list for Belt and Road in Myanmar is very long. THE Myanmar government is urged to take a proactive role and form a taskforce to carve out its involvement in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). An adviser to the National League for Democracy-led […]

Fixing the Myanmar economy

Major structural overhauls have to be carried out so the country can maximise its potential for growth. Myanmar’s economy is projected by the World Bank to grow by an average of 7 percent between 2017 and 2019. Last year, GDP rose by 6.5pc. That’s among the fastest growing economies in Asia, alongside the likes of […]

The Bumpy Relationship Between India and Myanmar

The relationship between Naypyidaw and Delhi is not smooth sailing, despite the recent visit of Myanmar military officers to India. Naypyidaw’s announcement about not setting up a trading zone at the Indian border, due to a lack of basic infrastructure and low trading volume, ends the series of negotiations between India and Myanmar for border […]

State Counsellor Stresses Belt and Road Needs to Align National Priorities

At the BRI summit in May, the State Counsellor stressed that BRI-led projects should complement national priorities and take into account the welfare of local communities, and highlighted the need to ensure responsible business practice. Local analysts and commentators in Myanmar have spelt out some of the benefits and risks of Myanmar’s participation in Beijing’s Belt […]

The ‘Belt and Road’ Projects China Doesn’t Want Anyone Talking About

Kunming, Yunnan’s provincial capital, occupies a key place in China’s economic diplomacy efforts as the terminus of oil and gas pipelines from the Bay of Bengal and the starting point of a planned railway network winding through Indo-China to Singapore. But the provincial authorities have obscured the location of a brand new, 29.2 billion yuan […]