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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 […]

Clashing with the law, SEZ body to resurrect Dawei megaproject

Myanmar’s SEZ working body announced that the long-suspended Dawei SEZ project will be resurrected this October, in a move which is set to clash with the Environmental Conservation Law because there is no known site-wide environment assessment conducted or approved. U Than Myint, chair of the SEZ Central Working Body, said during a meeting with […]

Myanmar’s New Gold Mine is Dinosaur Amber

On the discovery of the “Amber hunter” for the discovery of the Jurassic Park-style of the Dinosaurs, through the rocks of precious resin in Myanmar – an attractive business that attracts the paleontologists but in the far north the struggle for decades also fueled. Kachin revolves around the merchants using the Amber Market torch and […]

Warm response seen to ‘Myanmar Insight’ in Bangkok

GIVEN the rising interest in Myanmar’s economy this year, nearly 500 Thai businesspeople are expected to gather at the Myanmar Insight 2018 to be held in Bangkok next month, according to Nattawin Phongsphetrarat, vice president of Thai Business Association of Myanmar (TBAM). He said at a press conference yesterday that the event would be held […]

Huawei and partners pave way for Asia-Pacific digitalization

Bangkok – Nearly 300 attendees were present on Huawei’s fourth Asia-Pacific Innovation Day with hopes to explore Asia-Pacific’s future in Digital Infrastructure, Economy and Ecosystem in Siam Kempinski Hotel, Bangkok. Co-hosted by Huawei Technologies and Thailand’s Ministry of Science and Technology, the event was centered on Asia-Pacific region’s efforts into a monumental influx of industry […]