Myanmar awards fourth telecoms license as mobile market heats up

Myanmar on Thursday awarded its fourth – and final – telecoms license to a joint venture between Vietnam’s telecom company Viettel and two local firms, heating up competition in a rapidly growing market by adding a second majority-Myanmar operator. Military-run Viettel will have a 49 percent stake in the new venture called Myanmar National Tele […]

Welcome to Mogok, Myanmar’s mysterious mining mecca

High in the hills of northeastern Myanmar, past a few sleepy army checkpoints on a stretch of road where mobile phones lose their signal, an ageing signpost set against a mountainous landscape reads: “WELCOME TO RUBY LAND”. This is the entrance to a little-known and seldom-visited town called Mogok, which is said to be the […]

Digital tech slowly seeping into Myanmar, but still a long way to go

Myanmar is trying to learn the ropes of recent advances in digitization that ease the often frustrating burden of manual, paper-based administrative and business procedures. The country’s first digital customs management system, the Myanmar Automated Cargo Clearance System, was launched on Nov. 15 at the customs offices near the Port of Yangon, the largest trading […]

Myanmar’s Eden Group sets its sights on affordable housing

Tokyo Eden Group, a Myanmar conglomerate whose businesses range from construction to agriculture and finance, is set to further expand its core construction business as the company looks to provide more residences in the fast-growing country, including affordable units outside cities. “Our country needs to develop so much infrastructure and real estate,” group chairman Chit […]

What the US can learn from Myanmar about infrastructure investment

America’s infrastructure is headed down a bumpy road, and unless the country takes drastic action to fix its ailing transport, water, and other infrastructure systems, it might well wind up with the types of struggles I’ve witnessed recently in Myanmar. I am here in Myanmar teaching an international business class for our MBA students as […]

Through reclusive Wa, China’s reach extends into Suu Kyi’s Myanmar

China is extending its sway over an autonomous enclave run by Myanmar’s most powerful ethnic armed group, sources in the region told Reuters, bolstering Beijing’s role in the peace process that is the signature policy of Aung San Suu Kyi. The “foreign policy” of the self-proclaimed Wa State is closely monitored by Beijing, senior officials […]

Myanmar ‘Must Review Energy Policies’

​​ WITH two-third of the population lacking access to the national grid, Myanmar needs to find the most suitable energy policies for domestic consumption, according to civil society organisations. A total of 422 CSOs signed a statement that called a halt to coal plants and mega dams at the end of the recent Myanmar Green […]

What About the Chinese Immigrants Caught in Myanmar’s Crossfire?

​​ Huang Yanling’s grandparents had thought they could never return home to China when they sought asylum in Myanmar almost six decades ago. The pair from Tengchong, in Yunnan ( 雲南 ) province, were driven out of the country along with countless others when a nationwide famine hit as a result of Mao Zedong’s ( […]

Myanmar Business Leaders Bullish on Future Under Suu Kyi-

TOKYO — Business leaders in Myanmar are confident in the country’s future under the National League for Democracy government headed by de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, although they say improvements in infrastructure and the banking sector are needed to assure growth. Speaking at a Myanmar economic forum sponsored by Nikkei Inc. in Tokyo on […]

Head of Myanmar’s City Mart eyes aggressive expansion, doubling outlets by 2020

YANGON — City Mart Holding, Myanmar’s largest retailer, is planning to expand aggressively as competition intensifies with the entry of foreign players into the domestic market. Win Win Tint, City Mart Holding’s managing director, revealed its plan to double the number of outlets of the flagship supermarket by 2020. The company also plans to enter e-commerce next […]