Yangon looks to cut rice production

Military-appointed First Vice President Myint Swe meets business leaders in Yangon. The Yangon regional government is holding discussions with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation about growing other crops in 1.2 million acres of paddy fields, said the region’s Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein on September 23. “We are drafting a master plan for […]

Mandalay, gateway to India, China: US firms

To pave the way for making this a reality, a high level business delegation led by the American Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar (AMCHAM Myanmar), visited Mandalay and met with government officials. Andrew Lee, a AMCHAM Myanmar Executive Committee member and Country Manager for GE said, “As the second largest city in Myanmar and with […]

Myanmar spotlights Naypyidaw for MICE

THE Ministry of HOTELS and Tourism is promoting Naypyidaw as an ideal destination for MICE, partnering with neighbours like Thailand to stimulate more business traffic to its capital. Htay Aung, Myanmar’s minister of HOTEL and tourism, said: “Myanmar tourism is mainly based on natural and cultural attractions. But now the market has turned and Myanmar […]

Myanmar to get special attention from Modi government

Myanmar is likely to receive a lot of attention from India’s new government, in the form of cross-border bus services linking it to the landlocked northeast and better air connectivity, as New Delhi seeks to ramp up ties with its strategically important eastern neighbour that is seen as a bridge between South Asia and Southeast […]

Myawady Industrial Zone attracts regional interest

Japan, Thailand, Korea and China have all voiced interest to invest in the Myawady Industrial Zone which is currently under construction near the border with Thailand. The Myawady Industrial Zone Project was started in April 2013 and is running ahead of schedule with 60 percent of the project already completed. It is expected to be […]

Tourism insiders watching Thai crisis

Thailand’s political upheaval has so far had little effect on Myanmar tourism, but is worth watching closely given the country’s importance for the industry in Myanmar, insiders say. Bangkok is by far the largest gateway for tourists arriving in Myanmar, but tourism has weathered past crises in Thailand and this one appears no different, said […]

Norway looks to Thai gateway to Myanmar

Norway aims to turn Thailand, its seventh-biggest trading partner in Asia, into a gateway for its businesses and investments in Myanmar, according to top Norwegian officials. Last week, the Nordic country launched its fifth annual “Norway-Asia Business Summit” in Bangkok, which was followed by a similar event in Yangon, as both Thailand and Myanmar are […]