Uber Doubling Down in Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma with New Leaders

RIDE-HAILING giant Uber has introduced two new members of its Asia-Pacific leadership team as it looks to enhance its service to riders and driver in Vietnam, Cambodia and Burma (Myanmar). Vietnam was one of Uber’s first countries in Asia, while Cambodia and Burma are some of Uber’s newest markets globally and the company says the […]

Myanmar’s Garment Sector Could be Vastly Improved in Three Years

A consortium of government organization, labor groups and academia has launched a three-year project in Myanmar with the purpose of improving the work environment in the country’s garment sector, including job creation, more sustainable and efficient productivity and greater community relations. The project will take place in 12 factories supplying Western brands, including Danish fashion retailer Bestseller, according to […]

Golden Myanmar Business Exchange Plans $5 Million Data Center

GMBX, which bills itself as Myanmar’s only provider of wholesale infrastructure-as-a-service based on OpenStack, is a joint venture between Yangon-based Golden TMH Telecom Co Ltd (GTMH) and Golden 11 Investment International. The company already operates a data center in East Dagon with a current capacity of 100 racks, which could be expanded to about 400 racks, according to Kyaw Naing, […]

Myanmar’s Garment Industry is on a Growth Path

Myanmar is starting to get more attention and investment in the garment manufacturing sector, despite some persistent political and labor strife. Myanmar SUMEC Win Win Garments Co., a unit of SUMEC Textile and Light Industry Co., has opened a new factory in Shwe Pyi Thar Industrial Zone in Yangon, according to Asian press reports. Speaking […]

The wily ways of a Myanmar-China border town

One of many towns of the Myanmar-China border, Bhamo, Myanmar has long been a hub for illegal trade with China, including illegally logged charcoal currently sold. Most of the charcoal is bound overland for brisk business with China, yet Bhamo still finds itself without enough money coming in. Bhamo has a long history of diversifying […]

Myanmar’s Military Holds Key to Further Reform

What does Myanmar need to push through a successful democratic transition? It must build strong institutions, transform the economy, and end decades of conflict between ethnic armed groups and government forces, among numerous other challenges. Yet, these enormous tasks seem trivial when compared to what is probably the biggest obstacle to further democratic reform: the […]

China Showers Myanmar With Attention, as Trump Looks Elsewhere

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar — When Myanmar’s leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, wanted to hold a peace conference to end her country’s long-burning insurgencies, a senior Chinese diplomat went to work. The official assembled scores of rebel leaders, many with longstanding connections to China, briefed them on the peace gathering and flew them on a chartered […]

Sustainability is Key to the Future of Tourism in Myanmar

Destination management is needed to achieve sustainable tourism, which will contribute to jobs and long-term growth in Myanmar. “This is Burma and it will be quite unlike any land you know about,” celebrated novelist, Rudyard Kipling, wrote over a century ago. Even today, his thoughts hold true, with Myanmar offering a unique experience to the […]

The Kra Canal that cuts Thailand into two – will it become a reality?

The ancient dreams of constructing a canal across the Kra Isthmus had been rekindled. A few weeks ago, there was a news item in the local media in Thailand related to the revival of the idea of building a canal across the narrow strip of land, geographically known as the Malay Peninsula, in Southern Thailand. […]

Rangoon Taxis Need Reform

Rangoon has around 70,000 taxis plying the city’s streets, many owned and run by individuals. There are two local pioneering app-based cab service providers—Hello Cabs and Oway Ride—cultivating a culture in which apps are used to hail taxis in the city since 2016. The two are now set to compete with foreign brands: Singapore-based firm […]