From ‘invisible’ to man in Myanmar spotlight

Tall, soft-spoken and almost self-effacing, Mr Htin Kyaw will on Wednesday be the focus of a handover ceremony in Naypyitaw. The next day, the 69-year-old will assume his duties as Myanmar’s first civilian president since 1962, and will preside over a fractious and volatile country in a still-fragile experiment with democracy. Pundits and the media […]

Burma’s capital: a super-sized slice of post-apocalypse suburbia

Driving through Naypyidaw, the purpose-built capital of Burma, it could be easy to forget that you’re in the middle of one of south-east Asia’s poorest countries. On either side of the street, a seemingly endless series of giant detached buildings, villa-style hotels and shopping malls look like they have fallen from the sky, all painted […]

Myanmar military to maintain political role, president says

Myanmar’s military will maintain its role in politics in order to support a transition to democracy but will eventually submit to civilian rule, President Thein Sein said in an interview broadcast on Friday. YANGON: Myanmar’s military will maintain its role in politics in order to support a transition to democracy but will eventually submit to […]

Bindez: The search engine ‘creating Google’ for Myanmar

As Myanmar or Burma develops, so too are the technical tools its people are using. Bindez started life as a web search engine dealing with the complexities of the Burmese language, but it has developed into an app-based business because of the proliferation of mobile phones. Chief executive and co-founder of Bindez, Rahul Batra, explains […]

Myanmar wants foreign investment to create jobs

As Myanmar’s economy has opened up, it has become far more attractive to foreign investors. The country attracted less than a billion dollars worth of foreign direct investment in 2010, but recent government figures suggest it could be five times that much in the current financial year. Our correspondent Jonah Fisher spoke to Aung Naing […]