Thai AirAsia adds Mandalay flight

Thai AirAsia (TAA) is to introduce a second daily flight from Bangkok to Mandalay to meet stronger demand. The additional service will commence on March 17, expanding the low-cost carrier’s (LCC) footprint in the emerging travel market. Santisuk Klongchaiya, commercial director for TAA, said the airline’s services to Myanmar have grown in popularity as Thais […]

Millcon Thiha GEL Foresees Advantages in Being Steel First-Comer in Myanmar

MILLCON THIHA GEL is bullish that international development banks’ planned projects in Myanmar and demand from new factories to be constructed in Thilawa Special Economic Zone will keep its newly completed steel plant busy in the very near future. The company last week officially became the first manufacturer of industrial-grade steel products in Myanmar, being […]

Myanmar consumers trust quality of Thai products, survey finds

SANTIPHONG Pimolsaengsuriya, chief executive officer of Havas Riverorchid, a marketing communication specialist in the CLMV markets (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam), said Myanmar’s potential was clear from a survey the group did in May. It involved 504 respondents in Myanmar, who rated their trust in products made locally and from major exporters including Thailand, Singapore, […]

Urban development plan being formulated for Mawlamyine, Hpa-an, Myawady

A PLAN to improve urban system in Mawlamyine, Hpa-an and Myawady is being formulated by the government with US$80 million loans from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The four-year project will be implemented next year by the Ministry of Construction, focusing on installation of urban facilities in those central towns, which plays an important role […]

Thai’s BOI to open branches in Myanmar and Indonesia in push for investment abroad

THE BOARD of Investment plans to open branches in Myanmar and Indonesia next year as a priority measure to encourage Thai companies, and small and medium-sized enterprises in particular, to invest overseas. This will improve their opportunity to invest in new production plants in new export markets to boost income growth for the long term, […]

Uncertainty as political transitions loom in CLMV

  Mainland South-east Asia is set for a year of uncertainty and potential friction as sensitive political transitions loom, especially in Thailand and Myanmar, and external economic factors, like the slump in commodity prices and China’s slowdown, take the steam out of regional economies. Vietnam is set for a party congress early this year, which […]

Thai private universities push for campuses in CLMV

Private Thai universities are calling on the Education Ministry to ease regulations and let them operate freely abroad, especially in neighbouring countries. Saowanee Thairungroj, president of the Association of Private Higher Education Institutions of Thailand (APHEIT), said the ministry should help Thai universities expand their campuses to CLMV countries — Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam […]

Thailand’s ruling general bets US$83 billion on taming the wild frontier with Myanmar

BANGKOK — For much of the past century, the Thai border town of Mae Sot stood on one of Asia’s wilder frontiers. On the opposite bank of the swirling, mud-brown Moei River in neighbouring Myanmar, Karen insurgents waged a seemingly endless independence war. Smugglers trafficked guns, opium, timber and gemstones. Then there was the two-way […]

Thailand Turns to Mekong Neighbors, Myanmar to Diversify Exports

Thai policy makers searching for ways to reverse a slump in exports may have found a solution close to home — a $170 billion market just over the border that’s growing by more than 6 percent a year. As shipments to China, Europe and the U.S. slow, Thailand’s government is crafting a strategy to deepen […]

Vietnam PM ends Myanmar visit on high note

NAY PYI TAW (VNS) — Initiatives by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at the seventh Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam (CLMV) Summit and the sixth Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Co-operation Strategy (ACMECS) Summit were welcomed by member states. During the CLMV Summit, the Vietnamese PM and leaders of Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar reiterated their commitment to foster the traditional relationship, […]