India starts construction of ₹1,600-cr Mizoram-Myanmar Kaladan road

After years of delay, India finally kicked off the construction of the 109-km road project that connects Paletwa river terminal to Zorinpui on the Mizoram border in Myanmar, as part of the $484-million Kaladan Multimodal project. But completing it by2019 will be a herculean task. The ₹1,600-crore road project that passes through dense forests and […]

Bangladesh Government plans to import 9000 MW of power by 2041

The Bangladesh government is planning to import 9000 megawatts (MW) of power from Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, and India by the year 2041. The initiation of ‘Cross Border Electricity Trade’ to increase cooperation among Saarc countries is going on in full pace. Though there have been many achievements in the production of electricity, in reality the […]

Bangladesh’s policymakers should get to the bottom of low FDI

Policymakers should find the reasons behind the low inflow of foreign investment to Bangladesh despite a number of agencies’ efforts to boost receipts, said a top official of an investment agency yesterday. “We have a number of organisations and yet foreign investment inflows are no more than $2.5 billion,” said Paban Chowdhury, executive chairman of […]

Myanmar’s Approach to India

Myanmar can be described as the quintessential small state whose foreign policy is impinged on by the overtures of its larger neighbors — China and India. That is in part due to its geographical location impacting Myanmar’s policy formulation, but also a reflection of the fact that, historically, Myanmar’s military rule has led to global […]

New Push Sought for Myanmar-India Economic Links

YANGON, MYANMAR — A delegation of Indian CEOs visiting Myanmar and the launch of a new India-Myanmar business chamber in Yangon have sought to inject life into stagnant economic ties between the two neighboring countries. Since 2011, when the military junta launched political and economic reforms, Myanmar’s future prosperity has been predicated on its strategic […]

Siam Cement sees opportunities along Belt & Road

Thai conglomerate’s CLMV investments will pave way to China and India, CEO says HONG KONG — Thai industrial conglomerate Siam Cement Group will look for investment possibilities in South China and India in the years ahead, as China shapes its vision of the Belt and Road Initiative, President and CEO Roongrote Rangsiyopash said Monday. The […]

India to hand over 18th locomotive

India will hand over the last of 18 locomotives procured under an Indian line of credit in Nay Pyi Taw today, according to the Indian embassy in Yangon. Mr Rajen Gohain, the visiting Indian minister of State Railways, will give the locomotives to U Thant Sin Maung, minister of Transport and Communications of Myanmar, at […]

Myanmar fishery traders call for negotiation over Saudi Arabia’s import suspension

YANGON, March 8 (Xinhua) — Myanmar’s Fishery Products Processors and Exporters Association has called for government-to-government negotiation over Saudi Arabia’s suspension of fishery imports from Myanmar which will start from April 1, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Thursday. Saudi Arabia’s imposition of ban on fishery imports from Myanmar along with Bangladesh and […]

Indefinite Xi Jinping rule in China: India needs to move on many fronts now

NEW DELHI: China’s move to scrap presidential term limits is expected to give a major boost to Xi Jinping’s expansive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, much to India’s discomfort. The Chinese Communist Party’s decision to scrap the two-term limit for China’s President was indicated in October last year when Xi was […]

Myanmar: Asia’s Final Frontier Car Market

Earlier this month I spent four days in Myanmar, the proud and reclusive nation of 52 million sandwiched between India, China and Thailand. My purpose: Work with officials in the Myanmar government to develop plans for a competitive auto industry. The timing could not be better: Fast-emerging and increasingly affordable EV and autonomous vehicle technologies […]