Bangladesh losing its geo-economic importance to Myanmar

The Rohingya refugee crisis has exposed Bangladesh’s diplomatic weaknesses. No permanent member of the United Nations Security Council has strongly backed Dhaka to solve the refugee problem. China rendered its support to Myanmar at the UN so that the country does not face any immediate threat such as sanction. The United States’ intention to solve […]

Naypyidaw’s long awaited dawn

Myanmar has taken a giant step towards democracy, even as it is shackled by the Army, which will do everything to turn the clock back. But, fortunately, the country has the rare gift of a leader who is highly intelligent Myanmar has been in the news in recent weeks generally for one single reason, namely […]

India begins processing free visas for Myanmar pilgrims to Bodh Gaya

Myanmar residents travelling to India could officially apply for visa-free travel at the embassy of India in Yangon starting on September 25, Bodh Gaya pilgrimage travel operators said. The move comes after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the granting of free visas to all Myanmar citizens when he visited Myanmar on September 6. Two […]

Expanding trade with India

INDIA has formed a Myanmar chamber of commerce in Yangon to boost trade and forge closer economic ties with the country. The move follows Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit here on September 5-7 and also comes after India imposed import restrictions on Myanmar’s pulses and beans last month. Currently, trade between the two countries […]

Beyond China: Nation must diversify FDI

While for a long time the world has been focussed on political reforms in Myanmar during its transition from military rule to a democracy, the country has also witnessed a significant economic transformation. The most obvious sign of this is the sudden jump in foreign direct investment (FDI), from US$4 billion (K5.46 trillion) in 2013-14 […]

India to Develop Energy Network in Rakhine State of Myanmar

India is very keen to explore the shared future in energy network along with three key neighbouring countries, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal. These three countries have assured India at the highest level that it will abide with the Indian proposal to build energy networks. Simultaneously, there has also been positive signs of giving greater participation […]

Property taxes worth less than a cup of tea

Bi-annual property taxes paid by many urban residents in Myanmar are merely worth the price of two cups of tea, according to an August study conducted by Yangon-based Renaissance Institute, which is funded by the UK, Australia and Switzerland with support from The Asia Foundation. In Yangon, the amount collected over the same period is […]

Caravans to carry tours and footfalls into Myanmar

To raise its own visitor numbers, Myanmar is working with operators and organisations in neighbouring countries on improving cross-border tourism in the region. One of its efforts is the development of caravan tours that run from India via Myanmar and Thailand to Singapore, revealed Khin San Aye, executive committee member of the Union of Myanmar […]

Kaladan woes reflect frustrated Indian vision for Myanmar and Southeast Asia

India’s ambitions to establish a foothold in Myanmar and strengthen ties with Southeast Asia risk being jeopardised by the ongoing Kaladan project. This ambitious venture exposes India’s overseas infrastructure failings, and thus its inability to push rival China aside. Long deterred by Myanmar’s status as a military dictatorship, India has only relatively recently built substantial […]