In dirt-poor Myanmar, smartphones are transforming finance

MYANMAR’S democratic transition sometimes seems marked as much by continuity as by change. Depressingly, the army continues its bloody persecution of Rohingya Muslims in the west, for example (see article). But elsewhere moves to open the country’s markets, started by the preceding military regimes, have gathered pace. New commercial and financial services are springing up. […]

GoBus aims to make bus travel smoother

Customers with Android phones can already download the app, and GoBus chief technology officer Ko Zeyar Wai Phyo expects iOS and web versions to be launched in October. GoBus already issues 100 highway express bus tickets a day, and is hoping to pick up new users during the October travelling season. ‘’As far as I […]

A Burmese migrant battles the odds to be his own boss

Than Wai Aung adjusts the nozzle on his hose to a fine spray, and walks slowly up and down a long row made up of hundreds of clear, plastic bags filled with wood. This is a daily ritual for the Burmese migrant, who left Yangon (also known as Rangoon) for Thailand nearly 20 years ago. […]