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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 […]

Why Myanmar matters so much for India

President Ram Nath Kovind will be on a four-day state visit to Myanmar starting on December 10. This will be the fifth high-level visit between the two countries in the last four years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit last year was the third by an Indian prime minister in five years and his second in […]

Myanmar seeks new export markets for local cattle

Myanmar will seek new foreign markets to which it can export cattle, said Daw Tin Nwe Yee, a deputy director from the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation. “We are working on exporting to India through Tamu-Moreh border trading point and will continue to legalise new routes,” she […]

China port pact in focus as President visits Myanmar

President Ram Nath Kovind’s first visit to Myanmar starting on Monday will be an occasion to build upon the strong bilateral relationship with India’s biggest link with the Asean region. However, with Myanmar signing the Kyaukpyu port project with China in November, officials in India are concerned that this port could become a greater security […]

The man behind the success of Singapore Festival 2018

In a bid to reach out and enable more Yangonites and visitors to enjoy the festivities, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) transformed the third edition of the festival from a mall-based format to an outdoor street event this year. Although the festival was organised by STB in collaboration with local non-government group Doh Eain and […]

Watch out for Kyaukpyu port and China-Myanmar Economic Corridor

The port will give China access to the Bay of Bengal and cut short almost 5,000 km of sea route. Last year on 19 November, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that during his meeting with the State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi in Nay Pyi Taw, Foreign Minister Wang Yi proposed […]

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 […]