MEHL to Sell Mandalay Brewery to Kirin

​​ Japanese brewer Kirin will buy Mandalay Brewery of Myanmar for an estimated several hundred million yen (several million dollars) in its latest effort to strengthen its presence in the Asia-Oceania region, a newspaper said on February 11. Kirin will create a local subsidiary to take over the country’s oldest brewery, based in the northern […]

Australia Wants AIIB to Invest in Coal Power

​​ Australia is reportedly lobbying hard for the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to invest in coal power projects in Asian countries. The newly-established development bank is currently drafting its energy strategy and the prospect that coal could be excluded from its priorities has alarmed both the Australian government and the country’s powerful coal […]

Thant Myint-U: ‘The Number One Challenge is De-Isolation’

RANGOON — With a new government still almost six weeks from taking power, The Irrawaddy’s founding editor-in-chief Aung Zaw speaks with author and founder of the Yangon Heritage Trust Thant Myint-U on the country’s challenges and economic outlook, the peace process and relations with China. Following is an edited transcript of a longer interview, which […]

Line’s instant messaging software aims to take on local leader Viber

Instant messaging service Line aims to give Viber a run for its money after launching in Myanmar on March 24. The service is available on iOS and Android, and aims to woo users partly through its in-app innovations such as group chat and a range of emojis, or small graphics that can be interspersed in […]

Can a Third-World Nation Handle a ‘Hipster Restaurant Empire’?

What is a Hawaiian-born Harvard graduate doing cooking Korean Cubano sandwiches out of a food truck in Myanmar? The Burmese government seems to be grappling with this same question. Even after Yangon officials declined to extend his pop-up Port Autonomy’s lease last month, chef Kevin Ching is on a mission to stake his claim in […]