Bangkok Migrant Workers Demand Rights

More than 80 Burmese migrant workers from a cosmetics factory in On Nut, Bangkok, reportedly staged a protest in front of their factory against the violation of their rights. The protesters said JTV-Silver cosmetics charged them between 4,500 baht (Ks180,000) to 5,500 baht for a certificate of identification although the Thai government had fixed the […]

Yangon lacking resilience to face future disasters

Nothing is normal these days when it comes to Myanmar’s weather. In Yangon, residents talk about a time when they used to wear sweaters or scarves in the colder months, when the early morning was crisp and people would exercise to stay warm. Not anymore. Yet, this rise in temperature is just a small indicator […]

Myanmar’s Max Looking for Financial Services, Banking Partners

Max Myanmar Holding Co., a hotels-to-engineering conglomerate, said it is looking for partnerships in financial services and is in talks with France-based Accor SA to expand cooperation in hotel management. The Yangon, Myanmar-based group expects legal changes in the country to encourage more investment, U Zaw Zaw, Max Myanmar chairman, said in an interview Thursday […]

Italthai aims to double revenue

Under the plan, the group wants to deepen its presence in the immediate region with a focus on the so-called CLMV countries: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. For its construction-equipment and construction business operations, Laos and Myanmar, in particular, are recognised as key markets for expansion. The group has Asia more broadly in its sights […]

Broadband Company to Expand Free Public Wi-Fi Network to 50 Areas of Yangon

Internet service pro­vider 5BB Broadband is planning to expand the number of free Wi-Fi hotspots in Yangon, aim­ing for 50 access points by the end of February. 5BB has already set up 30 access points at restau­rants, pagodas, railway stations, universities and parks around Yangon. In February, they will ex­tend that to 50 hotspots, said […]

Myanmar officials say work on Dawei SEZ could restart

Plodding progress is being made on the long-delayed Dawei Special Economic Zone, according to Tanintharyi Region government officials, who are hoping the project will restart soon. Regional government officials visited Japan last month to discuss that country’s potential participation in the SEZ and reported strong interest, the Myanmar Times reported on Thursday. Tanintharyi Region chief […]

Thai AirAsia adds Mandalay flight

Thai AirAsia (TAA) is to introduce a second daily flight from Bangkok to Mandalay to meet stronger demand. The additional service will commence on March 17, expanding the low-cost carrier’s (LCC) footprint in the emerging travel market. Santisuk Klongchaiya, commercial director for TAA, said the airline’s services to Myanmar have grown in popularity as Thais […]

Myanmar moves ahead on airport

YANGON, 30 December 2016: Myanmar’s vice president, U Henry Van Thio, has called for a show of transparency to ensure the Hanthawaddy International Airport project becomes a showcase for the country’s tourism development. Global New Light of Myanmar quoted the vice president saying the airport, once completed will become a major gateway for international airlines. […]

Growing Economy Brings Rise in Fuel Oil Shipping from Singapore

​​ SINGAPORE — Burma’s oil imports are surging to fuel a fast-growing economy and rebuild rotting infrastructure, creating a small but profitable route for ships making a beeline for the emerging Southeast Asian nation from the regional hub of Singapore. Servicing growth that could top 8 percent this year is a clutch of small tankers […]

Myanmar’s Rickety Railways Poised for a Revamp

​​ YANGON — As they pass Insein Station, a farmer and her fellow workers drag five huge bundles of vegetables to the front aisle of a railway car on the notoriously inefficient Yangon Circular Railway Line, forcing passengers to climb over the fresh produce if they want to enter or leave the carriage. The group […]