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Myanmar’s strategic coastline draws big Asian economies

YANGON — Asia’s biggest economies of China, Japan and India are aggressively backing new port projects in Myanmar, seeking to gain a foothold on the coastline of the geographically prized nation. Located between China, India and Southeast Asia, Myanmar features prominently in regional plans to boost logistical connectivity. Especially eager to expand its presence has […]

Formalities for starting Imphal-Mandalay bus services at final

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh Tuesday said the formalities for starting a bus service between Imphal and Mandalay, the second largest city of neighbouring Myanmar, are at the final stage. Efforts are also on to extend rail and air link from the north eastern state of Manipur to Myanmar, Singh said at a conference […]

Vast improvements sought for trade and exchange at Moreh-Tamu border

Myanmar and India recently continued their bid for growing bilateral cooperation at a seminar convened to discuss opportunities of enhancing connectivity between Manipur in India and Sagaing Region in Myanmar and specifically advances to be made regarding trade at the Moreh (India)-Tamu (Myanmar) border. The Myanmar-India Seminar-cum-Workshop on Issues of Formal and Informal Trade at […]

Upgrade infrastructure to attract global manufacturing, GMS told

There is a significant need for Mekong region countries to upgrade their infrastructure to take on a larger share of global manufacturing, said Sok Siphana, chairman of independent Cambodian think-tank Asian Vision Institute (AVI). “The promotion of the free flow of goods, services, investment and skilled labour within the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) could further […]

India maintains curbs on bean imports

India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry informed Myanmar last week that it is maintaining a ban on imports of beans. Myanmar’s Office of the Commissioner of Customs was informed last Thursday that the imports of peas (yellow peas, green peas, dun peas and Kaspa peas) and pulses (black matpe, toor dal) from Myanmar were to […]

Weavers of traditional textiles in Mandalay unite

Weavers at Amarapura have formed an association representing hundreds of small and medium weaving businesses in Mandalay Region to confront a threat from cheap copies of traditional Myanmar textiles being imported from China and India. The weaving industry based at Amarapura is a leading producer in Mandalay Region of traditional Myanmar attire as well as […]

Singtel Dash e-payment system opens to Myanmar users

Myanmar nationals in the Republic will be able to send money home using mobile wallet Singtel Dash from March, under a new grant agreement signed on Tuesday (Jan 8). Singtel will work with banks, mobile wallets and cash pick-up services in Myanmar to set up safe and affordable ways for recipients to withdraw their money, […]

Myanmar at losing end in border trade disagreements: leaders

Myanmar must take steps to negotiate bilateral trade agreements with its neighbours to avoid volatility in border trade with China and India, as the consequent losses for locals can be huge. “There is currently no precise policy for border trade. Every country should have a policy to deal with trade disagreements and volatility. Right now, […]

Kovind launches mobile app for farmers in Myanmar

President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday launched a mobile app developed for farmers in Myanmar and dedicated a centre and a bio park to promote agriculture research and education to the people here. Kovind is in Myanmar on a two-city visit to continue India’s high level bilateral engagements under the rubric of the ‘Act East […]

India hands over 50 housing units in Rakhine province to Myanmar

India has handed over 50 housing units in the Rakhine province to Myanmar on Tuesday during President Ram Nath Kovind’s maiden visit to the country. The housing units are part of a bigger developmental project, within which India is building 250 houses in Myanmar’s Rakhine province. Coinciding with President Kovind’s visit, Myanmar has also announced […]