Belt and Road shields Myanmar from Beijing’s capital crackdown

BEIJING’S recent crackdown on outbound investments does not affect Myanmar because of its involvement in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The sectors targeted by the restriction do not concern investment projects here, which are mostly infrastructure and energy-related. The Chinese government is blacklisting businesses which violate foreign investment rules as part of a broader […]

Myanmar renews SEZ push

Myanmar’s special economic zones (SEZs) are a central part of a revitalised economic strategy in which increased manufacturing activity will play a key role. And breathing renewed life and energy into stagnant or stalled SEZs has moved to the top of the government’s agenda. “SEZs promote the transfer of technology, encourage infrastructure development and attract […]

From a vantage point for development policy to Myanmar

After four years of significant changes in development policy, interesting years as Finland’s first Ambassador to Myanmar are awaiting Riikka Laatu. She is excited about her transfer to Yangon. At the start of September Riikka Laatu, Deputy Director General at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, will transfer to her new position as Finland’s Ambassador to […]

Pulse and bean sector moves on after India restricts imports

Myanmar has issued a blueprint to help its pulse and bean sector recover from a pullback in demand from India. The blueprint comprises five strategies to help the sector cultivate alternative crops and develop new markets for its pulses and beans, including cooperating with the private sector, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce U […]

Govt urged to establish Belt and Road taskforce

From tackling illegal border trade to constructing Kyaukphyu SEZ, the to-do list for Belt and Road in Myanmar is very long. THE Myanmar government is urged to take a proactive role and form a taskforce to carve out its involvement in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). An adviser to the National League for Democracy-led […]

State Counsellor Stresses Belt and Road Needs to Align National Priorities

At the BRI summit in May, the State Counsellor stressed that BRI-led projects should complement national priorities and take into account the welfare of local communities, and highlighted the need to ensure responsible business practice. Local analysts and commentators in Myanmar have spelt out some of the benefits and risks of Myanmar’s participation in Beijing’s Belt […]

Japanese joint-venture plans Yangon hotel

Hotel Okura Co Ltd said it would develop the luxury Okura Prestige Hotel with Ayeyar Hinthar Holdings Co Ltd in Yangon by 2020, with five more hotels due in the next five years. The company expects to sign a contract with Yangon Technical and Trading Co Ltd, a subsidiary of Ayeyar Hinthar, in August, working […]

New mega-complex project approved near Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda

A Japan-led consortium has officially obtained permission to build a large-scale mixed-development project at the intersection of Shwedagon Pagoda Road and U Wisara Road in Yangon. Development of the US$332.5 million project will begin this year on the former site of the military museum across 16,000 sq m of land. It will comprise a high-grade […]

Belt and Road is not the only game in town

Belt and Road is not the only game in town for Myanmar. Without doubt, the scheme is important and relevant; nonetheless, it is just part of the opportunities Myanmar has access to. The government, businesses and other stakeholders should act decisively to seize the opportunities, within and beyond the Belt and Road. In the past, […]

Belt and Road should not dictate infrastructure priorities: Melvyn Pun

Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) should not dictate Myanmar’s infrastructure priorities despite the importance of Chinese finance, according to the head of Yoma Strategic. Infrastructure should be developed for Myanmar’s national interest. During the 2nd ASEAN-Myanmar Forum hosted by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs in Sedona Hotel yesterday, Melvyn Pun, the chief executive […]