In race for influence with China, India investing more in neighbouring countries

India has sharpened its focus on development assistance for its neighbours, especially for high impact projects driven by local needs, as it finds itself in a race for influence in the region with China. An array of projects, ranging from the nearly $300-million Salma or Afghan-India Friendship Dam to the Rooppur nuclear power plant being […]

Myanmar’s English proficiency ranked bottom 10% worldwide

Myanmar is ranked 82 out of 88 countries in English proficiency ranking for non-native speakers, according to a survey by the EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI). It is the first time the country appeared on the annual index, which has been published for the eighth consecutive year. Six ASEAN member states were ranked higher […]

Why India looks the other way on Myanmar

While the West moves to re-isolate Myanmar after a short period of re-engagement, neighboring India is taking a more realpolitik approach to reports of massive rights abuses by the nation’s security forces. Indeed, India is doing its utmost to improve relations while the United States and European Union impose new sanctions aimed specifically at Myanmar’s […]

Burmese days: Yangon monuments to the rare Chinese who made their fortunes in colonial era

Lim Chin Tsong was one of the few Chinese migrants to succeed in colonial-era Burma, now Myanmar – which the British incorporated into its much bigger possession, India, and where Chinese were subordinate to Indians, in contrast to their status in other Southeast Asian cities. “Unlike the Chinese in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, […]

Hotel expansion continues in Yangon

More hotels are on the way in Myanmar’s commercial capital, Yangon, despite a sluggish tourism performance over the last two years due to the on-going Rohingya crisis. Developers at the luxury end of the market appear undeterred by the drop in European tourists believing business and luxury travel segments will continue to grow. But tour […]

India, Myanmar discuss connectivity projects; to ink pact for seamless cargo, traffic movement

India and Myanmar on Friday discussed various projects to enhance bilateral connectivity, besides agreeing to ink a pact for seamless movement of cargo and traffic, an official statement said. Myanmar Minister for Communication and Transport U Thant Sin Maung called on Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari here. Both the leaders discussed the […]

India, Myanmar sign MoU towards Sittwe Port operationalisation

NEW DELHI: India and Myanmar signed an important MoU on Monday for the appointment of a private Port Operator for the Operation and Maintenance of Sittwe Port, Paletwa Inland Water Terminal and associated facilities included in the Kaladan Multi Model Transit Transport Project in implementation of India’s Act East Policy. Following this MoU the process […]

Myanmar to hold investment fairs to spur development

Myanmar is making preparations to hold a business forum in Mandalay, the country’s second largest city in the north, on Nov. 9, aiming to promote trade and investment for the development of Mandalay region, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) Monday. Such a forum is partly aimed at driving development more […]

Border trade between Myanmar and India reaches USD 87 million

Border trade between Myanmar and India has reached 87 million U.S. dollars as of Sept. 21 during the six-month transitional period which started in April this year, according to Myanmar’s Commerce Ministry on Sunday, Xinhua reported. Myanmar has changed its fiscal year period from original April-March to Oct-Sept beginning 2018-2019, producing a six-month transitional gap. […]

Myanmar exported over 700000 tons of beans and pulses

Myanmar has exported over 700,000 tons of various kinds of beans and pulses as of April 2018 to date. At present, India has bought Myanmar’s beans and pulses with special license but it is quite difficult to anticipate whether India will buy beans and pulses in the future or not, according to Min Ko Oo, […]