Coffee: You’re Making it All Wrong

​​ Weekend learns the art – and the science – of making the perfect cup of coffee. Despite an unrelenting stream of coffee shop openings over the past year or so, it is still surprisingly difficult to find a decent cup of coffee in Myanmar – unless, of course, your idea of decent is three-in-one. Buying […]

S Korea to Help Build Myeik Power Plant

The Myeik Public Corporation explained its plans to build a gas-fuelled power plant in partnership with the Korea-based KMPI Company in Kyunzu Township, Taninthayi Region, at a stakeholder meeting on Thursday. The project would be a combined cycle power plant and cost US$565 million, according to Myo Aung, director of the corporation. He said: “First […]

Air KBZ to Operate International Flights to Chiang Mai

Air KBZ plans to launch its first international route on 2 December, when it will begin thrice-weekly flights from Yangon to Chiang Mai, Thailand, said Assistant General Manager Daw Aye Mra Thar. The Myanmar airline planned to begin the new flight in November, but could not do so because of negotiations with Thailand authorities. A […]

Edible bird’s nests in high demand from China, Malaysia and Thailand

The edible bird’s nests produced by swiftlets from the Myeik archipelagoes in Taninthayi Region are readily purchased in China, Malaysia and Thailand, it is learnt. The bird’s nests are exported through Ranong  to Thailand and are also sent to Yangon. The merchants export these bird’s nests to Malaysia and China after the nests are purified, […]

Small industrial zones lack government support

Investment should be directed toward upgrading the country’s ageing industrial zones, as the government contemplates launching new ones, say Yangon industrialists. As the Yangon Region government and Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) mull the regeneration of the country’s industrial base, the owners of existing factories say more can be done to make them competitive. U Ko […]

Shell paves road to Myanmar success with its own bitumen

YANGON — Royal Dutch Shell is diversifying its operations in Myanmar, aiming to promote its brand and strengthen ties with the new civilian government. The Anglo-Dutch oil company’s primary focus in the country is offshore resource development. Recently, though, it has been pushing to sell more finished products such as bitumen and lubricants. It hopes this […]

Thailand reaffirms Dawei plans, but does Myanmar?

“The governments of Thailand and Myanmar reaffirmed that the Dawei megaproject will create thousands of jobs and improve the livelihoods of people along the border,” according to Thailand’s caretaker Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha. Prayuth was speaking at a joint press conference in Bangkok on Friday. Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi also addressed reporters, […]

Chinese company to build oil refinery near Dawei SEZ in Myanmar

YANGON — A Chinese state-affiliated company plans to build an oil refinery near a special economic zone in Dawei, Myanmar, a development led by the Japanese and Thai governments. The move may force Japanese companies to review their plans to pursue opportunities offered by the development of the Dawei special economic zone in the southwestern Myanmar city. The government-appointed […]

Doubts raised over Chinese oil refinery plan

A Chinese-led US$3 billion plan to build Myanmar’s largest oil refinery near the southern city of Dawei has raised questions about China’s strategic intentions in launching apparently commercially unviable projects, while local groups have already signalled their opposition. Guangdong Zhenrong Energy Co, a Chinese state-controlled commodity trader, said the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) had signed its […]

China seeks ‘new chapter’ in first visit with Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

HONG KONG – China and Myanmar pledged to open a “new chapter” in their sometimes strained relationship, raising the prospect that stalled Chinese investment projects in the Southeastern Asian country could be allowed to resume. Aung San Suu Kyi, head of Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy and newly installed foreign minister, and her Chinese counterpart, […]