Nagaland Declaration’ released at NE Connectivity Summit

DIMAPUR, Sept 24 – Following wide-ranging discussions during the two-day 4th North East Connectivity Summit in Kohima, Deputy Secretary General, FICCI, Arun Chawla released the ‘Nagaland Declaration’ for connectivity-led development of the North East region.As per the declaration, the Summit, which concluded last night, felt the need to create a North East Implementation Agency to […]

Kaladan woes reflect frustrated Indian vision for Myanmar and Southeast Asia

India’s ambitions to establish a foothold in Myanmar and strengthen ties with Southeast Asia risk being jeopardised by the ongoing Kaladan project. This ambitious venture exposes India’s overseas infrastructure failings, and thus its inability to push rival China aside. Long deterred by Myanmar’s status as a military dictatorship, India has only relatively recently built substantial […]

‘Tremendous opportunity for growth’ identified in the BIMSTEC region

Participants at a Yangon roundtable discussion today point to largely untapped opportunities for trade, communication and cultural exchange in a region of 2.5 billion souls. Parami Roundtable and Mizzima Media Group organised a roundtable on Myanmar and BIMSTEC to commemorate the celebration of 20 years of BIMSTEC. BIMSTEC, known as Bay of Bengal Initiative for […]

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 […]

Visa Waiver Prompts More Singapore Flights by Myanmar’s Flag carrier – TTG Asia

Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) will add five more flights per week on its Singapore-Yangon route starting December 1, when the visa waiver between the two countries comes into effect. Demand for the route, which MNA commenced as a daily service in August 2015, has been slow to moderate, according to some outbound agents in Singapore. […]

New airline routes begin to crowd Myanmar’s sky

YANGON — Asian airlines are looking to expand to Myanmar, eyeing not just business passengers but also the rising middle class there, who are beginning to travel for pleasure. Budget carrier HK Express on Sept. 1 kicked off a direct Hong Kong-to-Yangon route that flies four times a week. Other carriers, such as Myanmar National Airlines, already provide such […]

India-Myanmar-Thailand highway pact to be inked in 15 days

“We will sign a road agreement with Myanmar and Thailand to link the North-East to the two East-Asian countries. the agreement is ready and it will be signed in 15 days,” Nitin Gadkari said. NEW DELHI: India will sign a trilateral road agreement in the next 15 days with Myanmar and Thailand with a view […]

Ranong well placed to be marine gateway for growing trade with Myanmar and other BIMSTEC markets, seminar hears

RANONG HAS the potential to be a gateway for trade with neighbouring countries, especially the BIMSTEC nations of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka, as the province has a deep-sea port to serve such commerce, provincial governor Suriyan Kanchanasilp said yesterday. Last year, Ranong recorded bilateral border trade with Myanmar worth Bt21 billion, […]

The untold love story of Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi

When I began to research a screenplay about Aung San Suu Kyi four years ago, I wasn’t expecting to uncover one of the great love stories of our time. Yet what emerged was a tale so romantic – and yet so heartbreaking – it sounded more like a pitch for a Hollywood weepie: an exquisitely […]

NEDA mulls soft loan to Myanmar for Dawei road link

THE NEIGHBOURING Countries Economic Development Cooperation Agency (NEDA) is considering a soft loan of about Bt4 billion to Myanmar to finance the construction of a 138-kilometre two-lane road from Dawei in Myanmar to Phu Nam Ron in Kanchanaburi province. Construction is expected to commence next year. The road would boost trade and investment between Myanmar […]