Thailand’s Infrastructure Plans are Good for Trade with Myanmar

​​ Thailand revealed plans to invest in its infrastructure to boost trade with Myanmar. By committing to the initial investment, Thailand has started the process. Both parties must then work together to reap the benefits of the new infrastructure. Border trade makes up a reported 80% of trade between Myanmar and Thailand. It is essential […]

Myanmar President Calls for Reform of Nation’s Military-Drafted Constitution

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s civilian president called in an Independence Day speech on Thursday for reform of a military-drafted constitution and for justice for all recognized minorities under a federal system, but made no mention of the treatment of its Rohingya Muslim people. Amending the charter to remove a dominant political role for the military […]

Myanmar better off in good graces with the West

Two developments stood out in Myanmar’s international relations landscape in 2017: The increasing Chinese influence in the country and the immense diplomatic pressure from international community on the government’s handling of the Rakhine crisis. Analysts cautioned Myanmar against overdependence on China for its development and urged the country to mend ties with the West to […]

Bumpy Ride for Tourism Seen in 2018

The tourism industry this year went beyond expectations despite the sudden outbreak of violence in the northern Rakhine State that gave the country a negative image, but the sector is expected to face a more challenging environment next year. Tourist arrivals in the first 11 months this year was 20 per cent higher compared with the […]

Myanmar Says U.S. Sanctions Against General Based on ‘Unreliable Accusations’

(Reuters) – Myanmar “feels sad” over a U.S. decision to sanction a military general, a government spokesman said, after Washington linked the commander last week to abuses against the Rohingya Muslim minority. “This targeted sanction is based on unreliable accusations without evidence, as we have repeatedly said, so we feel sad for that,” Zaw Htay, […]

Myanmar Emerging as Key Component in China’s Belt Road Initiative

A recent public speaking trip through Asia discussing the ongoing developments within the China Belt Road Initiative (BRI) exposed a number interesting themes, one of which is the increasing influence Myanmar is having on China’s Belt Road Initiative (BRI). Most discussion within the maritime, oil & gas and rail sectors focused on the growing improvements […]

Myanmar eases investment rules amid Bengali headwinds

YANGON — A new company law has come into effect in Myanmar to encourage investment by foreign companies in the Southeast Asian nation. The new law, which has drastically revised the old company law put into force in 1914 when the country was under British rule, permits companies whose ownership by foreigners does not exceed […]

Myanmar and China to Cooperate on Economic Corridor

YANGON — Myanmar and China agreed Friday to build an economic corridor between the two countries, furthering Naypyitaw’s efforts to strengthen ties with Beijing as criticism over the Rohingya refugee crisis pushes it away from the West. The idea was proposed at a meeting between Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and Chinese President […]

Myanmar Goes Ringside at China-India Bout

‘China will go all out to help Myanmar in time of crisis. India will also help Myanmar, but it does not go all out,” was the light-hearted comment made by a seasoned Asean diplomat based in Yangon recently. He was referring to the behaviour of Myanmar’s two powerful neighbours these past months, which is providing […]

Bouygues, Kajima, Taisei win $1.1bn of Work in Myanmar as Rohingya Crisis Continues

While international attention is focussed on the plight of more than 800,000 Rohingya Muslims forced from their homes in Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine state and sheltering in refugee camps in Bangladesh, the increase in foreign investment into Myanmar continues, leading to a rush to build modern office complexes in Yangon, the country’s commercial capital. Today it […]