China firms up ties with Myanmar

China’s emergence as a global player and its generous foreign aid to Southeast Asian countries often leads to claims that its true actions are disguised and really a means to expand its power and influence throughout the region. However, Myanmar has adeptly managed its relations with the Asian powerhouse over the years and, contrary to […]

Myanmar Vows to Improve Company Registry, Cut Red Tape

Myanmar plans to launch an electronic company-registry system this year and boost its efforts to reduce red tape for businesses after it amended its Companies Act last month to attract foreign investment. “Within six to seven months, Myanmar will establish an electronic company-registry system similar to what we have seen in Hong Kong,” Robert San […]

Thailand’s Infrastructure Plans are Good for Trade with Myanmar

​​ Thailand revealed plans to invest in its infrastructure to boost trade with Myanmar. By committing to the initial investment, Thailand has started the process. Both parties must then work together to reap the benefits of the new infrastructure. Border trade makes up a reported 80% of trade between Myanmar and Thailand. It is essential […]

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 […]

China’s latest Myanmar megaproject courts controversy

Nearly two years ago, Myanmar chose a Chinese consortium led by the state-run Citic to develop a $10 billion port and industrial park that could turn into the country’s largest foreign investment. With Beijing pledging to create 100,000 jobs and transform a poor region, the Kyaukpyu port plan potentially represents a huge win for Myanmar. […]

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 […]

Myanmar eyes China’s trade plan for much-needed infrastructure, as crisis in Rakhine goes on

Minister for Construction U Win Khaing told the Asean and Asia Forum in Singapore on Thursday that his country needed to improve its infrastructure quickly to cope with the mass internal migration to its cities. The government had been in contact with various potential partners, including China and Japan, promoting Myanmar as a hub to […]

‘Tremendous opportunity for growth’ identified in the BIMSTEC region

Participants at a Yangon roundtable discussion today point to largely untapped opportunities for trade, communication and cultural exchange in a region of 2.5 billion souls. Parami Roundtable and Mizzima Media Group organised a roundtable on Myanmar and BIMSTEC to commemorate the celebration of 20 years of BIMSTEC. BIMSTEC, known as Bay of Bengal Initiative for […]

The Bumpy Relationship Between India and Myanmar

The relationship between Naypyidaw and Delhi is not smooth sailing, despite the recent visit of Myanmar military officers to India. Naypyidaw’s announcement about not setting up a trading zone at the Indian border, due to a lack of basic infrastructure and low trading volume, ends the series of negotiations between India and Myanmar for border […]

Myanmar Told to Move Now for OBOR Benefits

MYANMAR will miss out on the benefits of participation in China’s One Belt, One Road trade initiative if it doesn’t get moving now with preparations, a forum was told. Aye Lwin, a member of the Myanmar Investment Commission and the ruling National League for Democracy party’s Central Economic Committee, said Myanmar must cooperate with its […]