New Myanmar-China economic zone in the works

Negotiations are underway between Myanmar and China for the construction of a Chinese economic zone to promote Myanmar manufacturing and tourism, U Yan Naing Tun, director general of the Department of Trade under the Ministry of Commerce told The Myanmar Times last week. This comes after the two countries last year signed an MOU to […]

Exclusive Interview: Myanmar’s transport and infrastructure chief

Picture a busy intersection in a Southeast Asian city, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by motorbikes revving and swerving through the traffic. Not in Yangon, though. Myanmar’s largest city banned motorbikes in 2003, making it fertile ground for building affordable and reliable public transport. For the first time in its modern history, the country is […]

Confident of long term growth, Serge Pun bets big on tourism, property

Investors looking for clues on where the Myanmar economy is headed may glean some insight from Serge Pun’s recent corporate maneuvers. The 65-year-old Myanmar tycoon has not been idle of late. Last month, units of Peninsula Residences Yangon, a collection of 96 private luxury homes, went on sale. The homes are part of the Yoma […]

Global tin mine production growth to slow – BMI

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Global tin mine production growth will decelerate between 2018 and 2026, compared with 2009 to 2017, owing to stricter environment regulations and declining ore grades in major producers, such as China, Indonesia and Myanmar. However, the market researcher BMI expects that absolute production will increase over the coming years, owing to positive […]

After winter gas crunch, China pumps for underground storage

CHONGQING, China (Reuters) – On one of the many mountains in southwest China’s sprawling region of Chongqing, a dozen wells in an exhausted gas field are this week starting to take in fresh fuel piped in from Central Asia’s Turkmenistan, thousands of miles away. For the next six months, state energy giant PetroChina, operator of […]

Closing the global and national digital divide

In the last couple of decades, the “digital divide” was narrowly defined by people’s access to the internet. Myanmar, of course, had very poor internet connections as recently as six years ago. In 2012, this country’s internet penetration was a mere eight percent of the population. In 2018, with four mobile phone operators in a […]

Government reveals plans to build first modern oil refinery in Myanmar

State-owned Myanma Petrochemical Enterprise (MPE) is planning to build a new oil refinery near an existing state-run facility in Magwe Region, Daw Yin Yin Aung, deputy director of MPE, told The Myanmar Times. The government intends for the project to be implemented in cooperation with the private sector under a Public Private Partnership, in line […]

China’s poverty alleviation efforts in Myanmar help ease Rakhine State situation

China has been paying close attention to the Rakhine State conflict in Myanmar and the ensuing refugee exodus to Bangladesh. In March, during the legislative two sessions, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China has always insisted on a peaceful and rightful way of dealing with international affairs, especially those at the center of attention. Nearly […]

Bangladesh’s policymakers should get to the bottom of low FDI

Policymakers should find the reasons behind the low inflow of foreign investment to Bangladesh despite a number of agencies’ efforts to boost receipts, said a top official of an investment agency yesterday. “We have a number of organisations and yet foreign investment inflows are no more than $2.5 billion,” said Paban Chowdhury, executive chairman of […]

Skiold enters Myanmar market

The Danish company Skiold has entered the Myanmar market. The company, which has its headquarters in the small Danish town of Sæby, specializes in providing equipment for full-line pig farms, feed production plants and project solutions for the feed, grain, seed and pig industries. Since 2000, the company has moved its businesses into Asia and […]