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Bangkok Airways expresses interest in opening routes to Bagan

Bangkok Airways, a Thai regional airline, is interested in opening a direct route between Bangkok and Bagan, which has just been accorded the World Heritage Site status by UNESCO. Bagan, an ancient site of Buddhist temples, monasteries and fortifications in Mandalay Region, already popular with tourists, could see more interest now that it has finally […]

Thai event firm prioritises Myanmar in its overseas expansion

Despite the reluctance of many foreign companies to invest large amount of money in Myanmar in fear of policy uncertainty, Index Creative Village Plc is expanding its business in the country, according to Kreingkrai Mek Kanjanapokin, founder and Group CEO of the company. “We are focused 100 per cent on Myanmar because it is the […]

Bangkok Sheet Metal inks joint venture MoU with Myanmar partners

Bangkok Sheet Metal has signed a memorandum of understanding with Great Merits and Tunn Star, its local business partners in Myanmar, to grow their business in metal products manufacturing and sales, and also aims for 20-per-cent growth in its current fiscal year – with a backlog of Bt500 million. Chief executive officer Tanin Sajjaboribun said […]

Facebook, whatsapp target fake news for asia’s election season, but is it too little, too late?

Facebook and its subsidiary WhatsApp have promised to get tougher on “fake news” ahead of key elections in Asia, but critics question whether the new policies can stop viral disinformation from influencing the outcomes. Both companies have faced outrage over issues related to misuse and accountability, and this year’s polls could prove a crucial test […]

Is Myanmar Ready to Become a Regional Trade and Supply Hub?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently pledged to promote more than 150 quality infrastructure projects in five nations in the Mekong River subregion—Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos—under a new blueprint, the Tokyo Strategy 2018 for Mekong-Japan Cooperation, which will be effective from 2019 to 2021. Japan and China are competing for influence in Southeast […]

Mandalay’s challenging road to becoming a smart city

At the 32nd ASEAN Summit in Singapore in April, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called for an ASEAN Smart Cities Network to assist smart and sustainable development in 26 cities in ASEAN. Earlier this month, a list of the 10 most promising cities among the 26 was highlighted by Cristina Lago, online editor of […]

Extortion and abuse: Myanmar workers arrive debt-laden in Thailand

A “mafia” of recruitment agents is trapping Myanmar migrants to Thailand in debt bondage despite a 2017 law meant to fight exploitation in the kingdom’s notoriously shadowy job market, activists and workers say. Migrant labour — much of it from Myanmar — has propped up Thailand’s economy for years, with foreigners working everywhere from factories […]

Myanmar tourism rolls out red carpet

The first tourists from Japan, South Korea and China to take advantage of Myanmar’s easing of visa rules enjoyed a VIP welcome at Yangon Airport Wednesday. A celebration at the airport welcomed travellers flying in from Japan and Korea, who were among the first to enjoy a visa-free privilege that was introduced on Monday. The […]

Lack of retail offerings in Myanmar yields growth opportunities for investors

Demand for retail space has been on the rise in Yangon, where the population has swelled and living standards are improving. Earlier this year, the government also permitted foreign ownership of local wholesalers and retailers and last month allowed businesses in the sector to trade in a total of 24 products. Ko Nay Min Thu, […]

Myanmar races to feed a growing Yangon

YANGON/BANGKOK — Rapid urbanization in and around Myanmar’s southern city of Yangon has turned up the pressure to develop goods and services that can meet the rising demand. The gap has provided an opening for companies in one of Southeast Asia’s least-developed countries. Local real estate and construction conglomerate Dagon International set up a modern […]