How the West won and lost Myanmar

When former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi and her long persecuted National League for Democracy party won election in 2015, Western nations which maintained sanctions against the previous rights-abusing military regime cheered the democratic result and hoped for transition. Suu Kyi was subsequently feted in various European capitals, including Oslo, where she received her […]

US firms interested in Myanmar’s digital economy

The US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC) led a business mission to Myanmar in which they held a meeting with the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) to strengthen trade and investments in the country. The USABC is an advocacy organisation for American corporations operating within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations […]

China-Myanmar oil, gas project benefits both

The China-Myanmar crude oil and gas pipeline, a pioneer project of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, has brought tangible benefits to both sides, and won broad support. The pipeline project consists of a crude oil pipeline and a natural gas pipeline, which run from the port of Kyaukpyu on Myanmar’s west coast to Ruili […]

New economic freedoms rouse Myanmar’s sleeping giant

Last week, Myanmar officials wore big smiles at the official launch of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone. They were jubilant that, at last, the nation has its first international-standard SEZ, equipped with all the infrastructure a major business needs – electricity, water supply and port facilities. The project is a joint endeavour, and much of […]