After Chabahar Port, Myanmar’s Sittwe big on India’s radar

After Chabahar Port in Iran, Sittwe in Myanmar may emerge as the next overseas strategic port for India. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is helping to develop Sittwe Port, located at the estuary of Kaladan river in the troubled Rakhine province of Myanmar, for improving connectivity with Mizoram in the North East. Arun Kumar […]

India-Myanmar-Thailand Highway To Be Ready In 3 Years; Work Starts

The Indian government has awarded all the contracts under the India-Myanmar-Thailand highway over the last three months and the highway is likely to be ready in three years, the external affairs ministry said. “Government of India is implementing two projects as part of Trilateral Highway between India, Myanmar and Thailand. These are construction of 69 […]

Modi Backs India-Myanmar-Thailand Highway’s Indochina Extension

NEW DELHI — India is pushing an ambitious highway initiative through Myanmar and Thailand to connect with Vietnam through Cambodia and Laos, which observers of Southeast Asia see as part of its efforts to counter China’s Belt and Road Intiative (BRI) project. Connectivity with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which comprises Brunei, Cambodia, […]

Garment Industry Must Raise Value Proposition to Stay Sustainable

2017 was a strong year for the garment export sector. During the seven months between April and November, some $1.5 billion worth of garment products were shipped out of Myanmar, bound for warehouses owned by the likes of Uniqlo and Primark in Japan and Europe, according to the Ministry of Commerce (MOC). The pace of […]

India’s Border Trade With Myanmar Stagnates at $50 Million as China’s Hits $6 Billion

As India prepares to celebrate the silver jubilee of its partnership with ASEAN in a big way, a key border trade link with Myanmar, the closest neighbour of the vibrant Southeast Asian bloc, continues to be hobbled by infrastructure and other issues — 22 years after it was launched. India’s border trade with Myanmar takes […]

Bumpy Ride for Tourism Seen in 2018

The tourism industry this year went beyond expectations despite the sudden outbreak of violence in the northern Rakhine State that gave the country a negative image, but the sector is expected to face a more challenging environment next year. Tourist arrivals in the first 11 months this year was 20 per cent higher compared with the […]

Central Rubber Market Expected Upon Enactment of Rubber Law in Late 2018

The drafting of a new Rubber Law, which aims to create a central rubber market and raise the export quality of Myanmar rubber, is close to three quarters complete and will be enacted in late 2018, U Khaing Min, secretary at the Myanmar Rubber Planters and Producers Association (MRPPA), told The Myanmar Times. Myanmar is drafting […]

Construction of Dawei SEZ back on the cards

The government is exploring ways to restart development of the suspended Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ), saying the SEZ will benefit Myanmar as well as the region. The Dawei SEZ includes construction of the highway as well as a deep-sea port which will link Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in the ASEAN region to India, the […]

Myanmar Emerging as Key Component in China’s Belt Road Initiative

A recent public speaking trip through Asia discussing the ongoing developments within the China Belt Road Initiative (BRI) exposed a number interesting themes, one of which is the increasing influence Myanmar is having on China’s Belt Road Initiative (BRI). Most discussion within the maritime, oil & gas and rail sectors focused on the growing improvements […]

Myanmar Goes Ringside at China-India Bout

‘China will go all out to help Myanmar in time of crisis. India will also help Myanmar, but it does not go all out,” was the light-hearted comment made by a seasoned Asean diplomat based in Yangon recently. He was referring to the behaviour of Myanmar’s two powerful neighbours these past months, which is providing […]