Myanmar’s highest Buddhist authority bars radical nationalist group

Myanmar’s top Buddhist authority banned a hardline monks’ group on Tuesday, raising pressure on extremists after they barred a firebrand monk from public sermons and authorities arrested several Buddhist nationalists. The radical group known by its Burmese initials Ma Ba Tha was declared illegal and “no person or organization” is allowed to use its name, […]

Economic opportunities in Rakhine State

Rakhine State is rich in natural resources. It has many rivers, lakes, ponds and is connected to the ocean. Good ports exist and as improvement to road links are being made, trade, local and foreign investments are increasing. The government is emphasizing on investment and trade in order to increase production in agriculture products as […]

The Digital Revolution: From Mandalay to Manchester

In the era of the global digital distribution, products made in Mandalay can be sold in Manchester cost-effectively – the key to that economic miracle is the mobile phone. The Myanmar Times spoke to James Song after his trip to Phnom Penh in Cambodia for the World Economic Forum (WEF) on ASEAN 2017. This year, […]

China-Myanmar oil, gas project benefits both

The China-Myanmar crude oil and gas pipeline, a pioneer project of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, has brought tangible benefits to both sides, and won broad support. The pipeline project consists of a crude oil pipeline and a natural gas pipeline, which run from the port of Kyaukpyu on Myanmar’s west coast to Ruili […]

Siemens, MMH join hands for port operations

Siemens, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalisation, plans to expand its business in Myanmar by providing Myanmar’s ports with technology and solutions in cooperation with a local counterpart, Myanmar Mahar Htun Co (MMH), according to Christian Beckers, head of business development at Siemens Myanmar and Cambodia. Beckers said in […]

Reviving the Comatose Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Corridor

The Joint Study Group (JSG) of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor (BCIM) concluded its third meeting on April 26. The two-day meeting in Kolkata, India, revolved around each country sharing their revised reports on the BCIM. The member countries submitted four separate reports involving 11 sectors for consideration by the respective governments, including general principles on […]

Myanmar and Holy See Establish Diplomatic Relations

The Vatican announced today that Myanmar and the Holy See have agreed to establish diplomatic relations. It broke the news after Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, state counsellor and de facto leader of the country, formerly known as Burma, met Pope Francis in private audience this morning, May 4. This was the Nobel […]

Myanmar Joins South Asian Bloc Focussed on Transport, Energy

Myanmar has joined a regional partnership aimed at improving trade links between Southeast Asia and South Asia. The move makes Myanmar the seventh member of the South Asia Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) group, which is supported by the Asian Development Bank. The group’s key aims are to promote cross border trade in energy, to improve […]

The land of the $20 smartphone

“This one $40, this one $30 … that one $20!” The owner of the street stall, a man of about 30 years wearing a traditional longyi tied around his waist, is gesturing at a phone that looks, to my eyes, like a mid-range Android phone. It bears the brand Singtech, a brand among myriad others […]

H&M supply factory in Myanmar damaged in violent labour protest

Workers demanding better conditions and benefits have destroyed the production line of a Chinese-owned factory in Myanmar making clothes for Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz, in one of the most violent labour disputes in the country in years. The month-old dispute, which also saw managers attacked, highlights the need for Aung San Suu Kyi’s […]