How the West won and lost Myanmar

When former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi and her long persecuted National League for Democracy party won election in 2015, Western nations which maintained sanctions against the previous rights-abusing military regime cheered the democratic result and hoped for transition. Suu Kyi was subsequently feted in various European capitals, including Oslo, where she received her […]

Irish building up a head of steam in Myanmar

When Kieran Rabbitt stepped off a plane and into the heavy Yangon heat four years ago, little did he think he’d still be in Myanmar today, at the cutting edge of the country’s digital revolution. From offices in downtown Yangon, the Athenry native – along with Karim Ainsworth from Belfast – runs Cube Digital. The […]

New technologies needed as prawn, shrimp exports dwindle

Myanmar shrimp and prawn exporters are facing a growing shortage of supplies due to the erosion of their natural habitats and unsuccessful breeding techniques, according to a report analysing exports to Japan supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). A lack of preservation of fishery resources in Myanmar has led to a decline in […]

Yangon elevated expressway doesn’t need MIC approval: official

The Yangon elevated expressway project is a government-to-government project and it doesn’t need approval from the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC), according to the MIC. “Government-to-government projects are not submitted to the MIC. If the investment is made by public, private and partnership and as a developer, it is submitted to the MIC. The infrastructure projects […]

Bago Locals Protest Against “Inept” Chief Minister

Bago locals, including members of the National League for Democracy (NLD), staged a protest on January 14 to get Bago Region Chief Minister Win Htein to resign. Around 200 participated in the protest that demanded the Chief Minister that had failed to deliver solutions to land grab issues, rising crime rates, lack of employment opportunities, […]

Garment Exports from Myanmar Rise

Myanmar exported $1.86 billion worth of products from garment units operating under the cut-make-pack (CMP) system as of the first week of January in fiscal year 2017-2018, according to the commerce ministry. The figure is $568 million higher than exports for the same period in the last fiscal. The industry has been based on the […]

Myanmar better off in good graces with the West

Two developments stood out in Myanmar’s international relations landscape in 2017: The increasing Chinese influence in the country and the immense diplomatic pressure from international community on the government’s handling of the Rakhine crisis. Analysts cautioned Myanmar against overdependence on China for its development and urged the country to mend ties with the West to […]

Vietnamese garment industry faces fierce competition from China, Myanmar

Competition in the world garment market is forecast to be stiffer, not only with China but also with countries such as Myanmar and Cambodia as they increase competitive pressures on Vietnamese products. The information was announced at a seminar on the prospect of garment exports in 2018 held in Ho Chi Minh City on November […]

Local shrimp market shrinking on falling US demand

As the US has stopped buying wild shrimp, the local market for shrimp is shrinking, U Hnin Oo, deputy chair of Myanmar Shrimp Association, told The Myanmar Times. In the past, Myanmar exported both wild and farmed shrimp to the US, EU as well as its neighbours in ASEAN. However, the US has said that […]

How EuroCham Myanmar helps Myanmar’s economy

Filip A. Lauwerysen is the Executive Director at the newly established EuroCham Myanmar (European Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar) since September 2015. Mr Lauwerysen is a Dutchman who graduated from Leiden University in the Netherlands with a Bachelor and Master of Arts in History, specialised in European globalisation (mainly in Asia). Then he also went […]