Myanmar Watermelon Nabs China’s Off-Season Market Share

China’s domestic watermelon season ends in October—except for in Hainan where a small quantity of watermelon is being grown. Watermelons from Myanmar, however, are just coming into season. Myanmar’s watermelon is an off-season fruit that usually lists from November to May of next year. At present, Myanmar’s watermelon has taken over 80% of China’s off-season […]

Myanmar’s bargaining power rises along the Belt and Road

AS Hong Kong’s second Belt and Road Summit started today in the city The Myanmar Times asked two experts from The Economist Intelligence Unit and Lau China Institute at King’s College, London for their input regarding the dynamics of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and China in relation to Myanmar and ASEAN. Much of […]

Mon State Missing Out on Rubber Profits

MAWLAMYINE, Mon State — Mon State rubber, which accounts for nearly half of Myanmar’s production of rubber, loses hundreds of millions of kyats in rubber exports because it is unable to produce high-grade rubber and relies solely on the Chinese market for exports, according to Mon State minister for agriculture, livestock, transportation and communications U […]

Urbanisation does not mean all roads lead to Yangon

Linking secondary cities to Yangon or Mandalay as well as smaller towns in the regions will filter down economy activity in the two big cities to local regions, the author of Urban Myanmar said. Urban Myanmar, a policy note published by International Growth Centre, outlines how cities in Myanmar can become drivers of economic growth […]

Rice exports to China via Mandalay cease after frozen bank accounts

Since the bank accounts of some Myanmar rice merchants in China were frozen, monetary flow has become stagnant, and rice exported from Mandalay to China has stopped, according to local merchants. Chinese authorities froze the bank accounts of Myanmar businesspeople in China yesterday, striking a heavy blow to Myanmar’s commodity flow to China. “China has […]

Drugs, Money and Wildlife in Myanmar’s Most Secret State

The remote Wa region of Shan state in Myanmar’s east is a place few outsiders have seen. The people who live in this unofficial, effectively autonomous state within Myanmar used to be called the Wild Wa, and as the BBC’s Jonah Fisher found, drugs, money and the wildlife trade are flourishing. Wa state is one […]