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, […]

Swedish Court rules Against Importer of Myanmar Timber

Sweden has prosecuted an importer and trader of Myanmar teak under an European Union rule that bans placing illegal or high-risk wood on the EU market, according to information from the NGO Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). An EIA statement yesterday announced that a Swedish Forest Agency investigation found Almtra Nordic could not demonstrate who had […]

Tapping Into Myanmar’s New Taste for Foreign Food

As their nation emerges from decades of isolation, the people of Myanmar are developing appetites for new and foreign things, especially food and drink. Imports of foods and beverages have skyrocketed since 2011, driven by rising incomes, urbanisation and the influence of foreign media. Imported condiments, such as MSG, instant cooking paste, seasoning powders and […]

Tin mining – Cornish dreams and Myanmar reality: Andy Home

LONDON, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Hope springs eternal in Cornwall when it comes to reviving tin mining in this southwestern corner of the United Kingdom. Canada’s Strongbow Exploration is the latest to try to rekindle the dying embers of what once was one of the world’s largest tin-mining hubs. It has just bought out of […]

Brazil sugar flows to Myanmar seen rising as Indian exports abate

Brazilian low quality white sugar flows are expected to increase to Myanmar, believed to be a gateway for sugar smuggled into China, as Indian sweetener exports fall. Surging domestic sugar prices in India mean that Indian mills will increasingly spurn the export market, traders say. Availability of Thai sugar is also thin due to hefty […]

Boldly going: the exotic ‘frontier’ markets that intrepid investors are tipping for take-off

It was 15 years ago that academics began to predict a shift in economic power from the old order of developed economies to the newly named “Bric” nations. Ever since, Brazil, Russia, India and China have been regarded as the coming powers, blessed with young populations, fast-urbanising societies and natural resources to fuel rapid growth. But the Bric […]

Chevrolet Launches Colorado High Country for Wealthy Yangon Urbanites

Chevrolet, a division of American automaker General Motors, has launched its new Colorado High Country model in Myanmar to cater to the premium segment of a largely urban target market in the country. Chevrolet said the Colorado is one of its “most important product in Myanmar”, and High Country is designed to help grow Chevrolet’s […]

Foreign Firms Tap Myanmar Meat Market

Meat exporters from the United States, Brazil and Japan are looking to export quality meat to Myanmar and their representatives are in talks with Myanmar’s Meat Industry Board, according to Myanmar Livestock Federation (MLF). “The United States is set to exempt tariffs on fishery or garment exports from our country and we will also have […]