Local businesses propose to establish industrial zone in central Myanmar

YANGON, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) — Local businesses will submit a proposal to the regional government in Myanmar’s central Magway to establish an industrial zone there, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Sunday. The industrial zone was proposed to be located far from the residential area as the noise, odor and air pollution from […]

Why Facebook is losing the war on hate speech in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar – In April, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told U.S. senators that the social media site was hiring dozens more Burmese speakers to review hate speech posted in Myanmar. The situation was dire. Some 700,000 members of the Rohingya community had recently fled the country amid a military crackdown and ethnic violence. In March, […]

Grab cashes up for a bigger taxi fight

GRAB is arming itself for a long fight. The ride-hailing firm won one big battle earlier this year when it pushed US giant Uber out of South-east Asia. Much of its latest US$1 billion funding round will be spent in Indonesia, where the Singapore-based group is up against homegrown rival Go-Jek. That country is where […]

SolarHome bags more funding to expand into Myanmar, Indonesia and Cambodia

SolarHome, an off-grid solar firm focused on Southeast Asia, has raised US$5 million to date, having recently closed a US$1 million convertible note offering with impact venture capital firm Insitor Impact Asia Fund. The new funding will help SolarHome to extend its network of hubs throughout Myanmar, offer more products and expand into Indonesia and […]

Illegal trade more rampant than before, govt measures not effective

Government efforts to prevent illegal border trade have not been effective or sufficient and counterfeit goods are still being smuggled into the country. In fact, things are worse than before. “Illegal trade can’t be controlled. Illegal trade is worse than before even though measures were taken to reopen some of the border gates by the […]

Fast-Growing Coffee Sector Looks for Extra Shot of Support From Government

YANGON— Myanmar’s coffee market is growing robustly, with the country’s beans attracting increasing interest in international markets as well as locally, industry sources said. U Min Hlaing, secretary of the Myanmar Coffee Association, said demand for Myanmar coffee has surged in the past few years and it is now being exported to more than a […]

Kayah State sees rising FDI, interest in agriculture sector

Investor interest in the agriculture and livestock sector in Kayah State has been on the rise in recent years, Daw May Myo Zaw, secretary of Kayah State Investment Committee, told The Myanmar Times. According to the 2018 Kayah State Investment Opportunities Survey released by the committee, investors had identified the agriculture and product manufacturing for […]

Myanmar risks falling into a China debt trap

To understand China’s top priority in Myanmar, forget Beijing’s involvement in the country’s sputtering peace process, or efforts to restart its backed but now suspended US$3.9 billion Myitsone hydroelectric dam, or even securing rights to extract copper at the locally resisted Letpadaung mine outside of Mandalay. Those are all subordinate interests to what China really […]

AboitizPower seeks greenfield projects in Indonesia, Myanmar

MANILA, Philippines — Aboitiz Power Corp. continues to scout for greenfield projects in Indonesia and Myanmar, while still on the lookout for potential acquisition in the Philippines, top officials said. In a briefing after the company’s stockholders’ meeting Monday, Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. president and CEO Erramon Aboitiz said the thrust to pursue new power […]

Myanmar turns attention to Asian travellers as European markets decline

With Asian markets dominating in the face of declining European arrivals, Myanmar tourism players are shifting their focus to intra-regional travellers. The Asian market accounted for 70 per cent of international arrivals to Myanmar in 2017. Growth in the market is led by Vietnamese visitors, with a 75 per cent year-on-year increase at Yangon International […]