Dawei, Kyaukphyu SEZ projects to resume

Arrangements are being made for development of the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and Kyaukphyu SEZ projects to resume, said U Khin Maung Cho, Minister for the Ministry of Industry, on behalf of the Ministry of Commerce at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw. The government has been exploring ways to restart development of the US$8 billion Dawei […]

Myanmar to trim Kyaukphyu cost but drops Annan’s strategic review suggestion

Nay Pyi Taw’s plan to reduce the cost of Kyaukpyu Special Economic Zone, including the proposed deep-sea port, will help cap its external debt load and avoid repeating Sri Lanka’s Hambantota’s precedent, according to London-headquartered research firm BMI Research. At the same time, a government committee has dropped any mentioning of commissioning a Strategic Environmental […]

China seeking concessions from Myanmar power project

HONG KONG: China, it seems, has not given up hope of restarting its hydroelectric power project at Myitsone in northern Myanmar. According to a report published in the Asia Times, Beijing is using the proposed Myitsone power project to push for concessions from Myanmar for a much more important project — the deep sea port […]

Myanmar risks falling into a China debt trap

To understand China’s top priority in Myanmar, forget Beijing’s involvement in the country’s sputtering peace process, or efforts to restart its backed but now suspended US$3.9 billion Myitsone hydroelectric dam, or even securing rights to extract copper at the locally resisted Letpadaung mine outside of Mandalay. Those are all subordinate interests to what China really […]

China’s $7.5 Billion Myanmar Port ‘Crazy,’ Suu Kyi Adviser Says

The $7.5 billion price tag for a Chinese-built deep-sea port in the Myanmar town of Kyaukpyu was “crazy” and “absurd,” according to a key adviser to Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi. China’s CITIC Group, which won a tender to build the port three years ago, has valued the port and an accompanying special economic […]

Construction of Dawei SEZ back on the cards

The government is exploring ways to restart development of the suspended Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ), saying the SEZ will benefit Myanmar as well as the region. The Dawei SEZ includes construction of the highway as well as a deep-sea port which will link Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in the ASEAN region to India, the […]

Yangon’s growing trade demands deeper port to ease logistics woes

A DEEP-SEA port with access to the commercial capital should be built to cater for significant volume increase in trade if Myanmar aspires to develop into a competitive import-export economy, logistics businesses from the European and Japanese chambers told The Myanmar Times. European logistics businesses have called for a deeper port to be constructed in […]

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 […]

US has opportunity to solve Myanmar’s energy dilemma

Unable to meet soaring domestic demand for energy, Myanmar’s government is said to have entered preliminary discussions over a deal to buy electricity from China. At the beginning of this month, sources close to the talks told Reuters that three state-owned Chinese companies had submitted proposals outlining how they could help Myanmar fill its widening […]

Fuel Importers Submit Proposal for Deep-Sea Port in Yangon

Representatives of the oil and gas in­dustry have sub­mitted a business propos­al to the government to a build a deep-sea port near Yangon. “We are studying the potential logistics and feasibility of a deep-sea port project 20 miles from Yangon to reduce transportation costs for maritime trade and fuel imports,” Dr Win Myint, Secretary of […]