What Did the Philippines’ Duterte Achieve During His Myanmar Trip?

From March 19-21, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was on a two-day official visit to Myanmar. Apart from affirming the importance of the bilateral relationship, the trip was part of his swing through Southeast Asia during Manila’s chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) (See: “Duterte’s ASEAN Tour Continues With Singapore, Cambodia Visits”). On […]

Government Subsidy of Electricity Bill Hindrance to Development of Sector

​​ Ministers and industry experts say the government’s approach of paying the electricity bill using the union budget is a hindrance to the development of the sector. In 2012, the average export rates per electric unit in Southeast Asian countries can cost up to more than K267 per electric unit: K67 in Brunei, K71 in […]

Government Currently Subsidising Electricity Bill

​​ Ministers and industry experts say the government’s approach of paying the electricity bill using the union budget is a hindrance to the development of the sector. In 2012, the average export rates per electric unit in Southeast Asian countries can cost up to more than K267 per electric unit: K67 in Brunei, K71 in […]

H&M supply factory in Myanmar damaged in violent labour protest

Workers demanding better conditions and benefits have destroyed the production line of a Chinese-owned factory in Myanmar making clothes for Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz, in one of the most violent labour disputes in the country in years. The month-old dispute, which also saw managers attacked, highlights the need for Aung San Suu Kyi’s […]

Italthai aims to double revenue

Under the plan, the group wants to deepen its presence in the immediate region with a focus on the so-called CLMV countries: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. For its construction-equipment and construction business operations, Laos and Myanmar, in particular, are recognised as key markets for expansion. The group has Asia more broadly in its sights […]

Emirates to launch direct Yangon-Phnom Penh air link

The addition of the new route using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will make Emirates the only airline with a direct service between Myanmar’s commercial hub and Cambodia’s capital. The new route is expected to encourage travel between both cities, said Mohammad Sarhan, the airline’s manager for Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia. “With this new route, we are […]

Law needed to regulate Thai investors’ abuses abroad: Thai, Myanmar groups

Some 27 Thai non-government groups and the Dawei Development Association (DDA), a communal rights group in Myanmar, issued statements yesterday urging the Thai and Myanmar governments, plus Thai companies to follow the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and international rights treaties. The groups said rising investment by Thai companies in neighbouring […]

Emirates set to launch flights to Phnom Penh

Emirates Airlines will expand its presence in Cambodia by launching a daily passenger flight between Dubai and Phnom Penh, with a stopover in Yangon, as part of the Dubai-based carrier’s push into the region. Launching on July 1, the daily flight will connect Dubai to Phnom Penh via a 90-minute stopover in Yangon, using a […]

Cambodia, Myanmar Pledge to Enhance Trade, Tourism, Education Ties

​​ Cambodia and Myan­mar have pledged to enhance their bi­lateral relations in trade, tourism and education, according to a Cambodian senior official. The pledge was made during a meeting between Cambodian Prime Minis­ter Samdech Techo Hun Sen and visiting Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw, said Eang Sophalleth, an assistant to the prime minister. Htin Kyaw […]

Myanmar, Thailand push ‘one destination’

Bagan: Thailand and Myanmar have vowed to stimulate tourism and raise the number of visitors between the neighbouring nations to 1.5 million by 2020 as part of the “two countries, one destination” cooperative scheme. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) signed a memorandum of understanding last Friday with the Myanmar Tourism Federation to promote tourism […]