fbpx

China faces backlash as it bids to rekindle stalled US$3.6 billion Myitsone Dam project

Political and religious leaders in Myanmar’s Kachin state have hit back at apparent efforts by Beijing to breathe new life into a controversial China-funded dam project as the Southeast Asian nation comes under fire from the West over its treatment of the Rohingya Muslims. In a joint statement released on Monday, three ethnic Kachin political […]

Chinese Firm Proposes $1.5-bn Elevated Railway for Yangon

YANGON—China is looking to make further inroads into Myanmar’s economy by funding a US$1.5-billion elevated railway project in the country’s commercial capital, Yangon. China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co., Ltd (CREEC) made a presentation about its planned project to develop an elevated railway to lawmakers in a media room in the regional parliament on Monday. […]

Border trade during Oct-Dec quarter down

BORDER trade between Myanmar and its neighbours during the October-December quarter amounted to more than US$2 billion, down by $71 million, or 3.2 percent from the same period in 2017, according to the Ministry of Commerce. The fall was mainly due to a $563 million drop in trade value at the China-Myanmar border to just […]

Singtel Dash e-payment system opens to Myanmar users

Myanmar nationals in the Republic will be able to send money home using mobile wallet Singtel Dash from March, under a new grant agreement signed on Tuesday (Jan 8). Singtel will work with banks, mobile wallets and cash pick-up services in Myanmar to set up safe and affordable ways for recipients to withdraw their money, […]

Sino-Myanmar border trade falls by $562 mln in Q1

The value of Sino-Myanmar border trade between 1 October and 4 January totalled US$1.24 billion, a decrease of $562.8 million compared with the corresponding period of the previous financial year, according to data from the Ministry of Commerce. Border trade stood at $1.8 billion in the same period of the 2017-2018 fiscal. The drop in […]

Bridge project stirs property prices in Dala

Property prices in Dala Township are rising after construction of a bridge linking Dala to downtown Yangon was finally given the green light on December 24, 2018 after six years of deliberation. Expected to be completed in three and a half years, the US$138 million South Korea-Myanmar Friendship Bridge, will connect Phone Gyi Street, in […]

Myanmar at losing end in border trade disagreements: leaders

Myanmar must take steps to negotiate bilateral trade agreements with its neighbours to avoid volatility in border trade with China and India, as the consequent losses for locals can be huge. “There is currently no precise policy for border trade. Every country should have a policy to deal with trade disagreements and volatility. Right now, […]

Rice export declines within eight months

Myanmar only exported over 1.5 million tons of rice and broken rice within eight months from April 1 till December 14, according to Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF). Myanmar earned about US$288 million from more than 800,000 tons of rice and broken rice export through border trade routes and over US$240 million from over 700,000 tons […]

MFVP pushes opening of more fruit export channels

The Myanmar Fruit, Flower, and Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association (MFVP) suggested three measures to expand the watermelon market and control market prices at the 22nd regular meeting of Vice President 1 and entrepreneurs. The suggestions were put forward by MFVP vice president U Myint Sein at the meeting held recently at the UMFCCI office. […]

Myanmar’s state-run airline to link Yangon, China’s Chengdu

YANGON, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) — The state-owned Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) will launch direct scheduled flight from Myanmar’s Yangon to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province of China, beginning on Dec. 28, according to the airline on Thursday. Chengdu will be the sixth international destination for the Myanmar airline to fly. Using Boeing 737NG aircraft, […]