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Japanese beer company probing if donations went to Myanmar forces

Japanese beer company Kirin is investigating whether its donations went to Myanmar’s military, accused of brutal attacks against Rohingya Muslims. Amnesty International has urged Japanese authorities to look into donations Kirin’s subsidiary Myanmar Brewery made in September and October last year. A televised ceremony for a US$6,000 donation showed the commander of Myanmar’s military. Tokyo-based […]

Emerging markets hold hope for smartphone shipment growth

Global smartphone shipments continued to weaken in the first quarter (Q1) of 2018, according to analysts. Canalys says shipments were down 3.4%, continuing the trend from a decline of 3% in Q4 2017. Worldwide sales of smartphones recorded their first decline since 2004, in Q4 of 2017, says Gartner. Global sales of smartphones to end-users […]

PTTEP’s net profit jumps 60% from recovered oil prices & effective operation & cost management

PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP) reported 2017’s net profit at USD 594 million (equivalent to THB 20,579 million), soaring by more than 60% despite the impairment recognition of USD 558 million from the development plan adjustment in the Mariana Oil Sands project. Earnings Before Intereset, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) margin maintained […]

ATM Growth Slows in China, India, Picks up in New Markets

The number of ATMs worldwide reached a record 3.3 million in 2016, however, the rate of expansion slowed to 3 percent, down from 5 percent in 2015, according to the RBR report, Global ATM Market and Forecasts to 2022. The decline has largely resulted from rationalization in western Europe and markets such as Brazil and […]

Foreign and domestic investments rise during govt’s first fiscal year

In the National League for Democracy (NLD) government’s first fiscal year in power local investors made investments amounting to K1.57 trillion while foreigners made investments worth a total of US$7.44 billion in Myanmar, Deputy Minister of Planning and Finance U Set Aung said at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on August 31. DURING the 2016-17 fiscal year, […]

Timber group replaces sub-contractors with service providers

This comes after it previously said no more sub-contracts would be issued. It announced that the decision to hire service providers was due to the MTE’s capacity limits. Experts have questioned the differences between sub-contractors and service providers and argued that transparency is essential in any reformed processes. Last year, the MTE announced that it […]

What is single origin coffee and why you just know about the Shan State Kyauk Kuu Pyin

In the world of scotch whisky, the term “single malt” has a very special meaning, one that is often revered (perhaps to a fault) by both those in and out of the know. For better or for worse, the term has become synonymous with quality. The reverence attached to it is sort of silly; there […]

Toddy Climbing Business Faces Fall

It takes a great deal of bravery to climb up one of the 50 metre toddy palm trees outside Mandalay. Aung Zaw, a “tapper” or “climber”, has done it for 15 years. Strong winds, shaky ladders, slippery rugs, almost nothing scares him. Today, however, he fears for his job as the toddy industry is in […]

Taiwan’s ‘Little Burma’

A short five-minute walk from the Taipei metro terminal station of Nanshijiao lies Huaxin Street. It is here, nestled away in the concrete jungle that makes up Zhonghe District — one of the most densely populated parts of the planet — that Taiwan’s Burmese population has settled over the past several decades. The roughly 40,000 […]

Myanmar Has Earned Over $370m From Rice Exports So Far This Fiscal Year – Ministry

​​ Myanmar export­ed over 1.2 mil­lion tons of rice in the first 10 months of the current fiscal year, earning $376 million, ac­cording to the figures of Ministry of Commerce. As of January, 68 per­cent of rice exports, or 800,000 tons, were sold through border trade, while over 400,000 tons were sold through other channels, […]