Japanese manufacturers eye expansion opportunities

After investing heavily in Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam, Japanese businesses are now keen to expand in Myanmar, said Mr Satoshi Yamamoto, chief director of The Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) told The Myanmar Times during a business development seminar in Yangon on October 9. “Japanese trade dealers were interested to invest in Thailand, Indonesia and […]

TOA to establish three more overseas plants in Asean leadership drive

TOA Paint (Thailand) plans to set up three additional production plants overseas – in Indonesia, Myanmar and Cambodia – as it aims to become the leading player in Asean paint and coatings markets. The factories in Indonesia and in Myanmar are already under construction, while the Cambodian plant is at the project-feasibility phase, chief executive […]

Singapore startup SolarHome provides cheap solar energy home systems in Southeast Asia; raises funding

Singapore-based startup SolarHome has closed an oversubscribed Pre-Series A round at US$625,000. The round was led by Uberis Capital, with participation from Beenext VC and other regional investors. This round, combined with an earlier seed funding from Singapore-based venture builder Forum Capital, brings SolarHome’s total financing to US$1.1 million. SolarHome plans to use the funding […]

Developer brushes off concerns about Myotha Industrial Park

DEVELOPER Mandalay Myotha Industrial Development has brushed off human rights concerns and accusations in relation to the Myotha Industrial Park in Mandalay, while the International Federation for Human Rights argued that the process for the establishment of the park underscores the failure by the developer to conduct proper human rights due diligence. Tensions and confrontations […]

‘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 […]

UOB puts focus on Asean investment

UNITED OVERSEAS BANK (UOB), one of the largest Asian banks, is actively engaged in bringing foreign investors to Thailand, particularly the flagship investment project in the Eastern Economic Corridor, according to its chief executive. Asked which Asean countries were now the most attractive for foreign direct investment in the eyes of UOB, Choon Hin Tan, […]

Hackers target govt websites in cyber spillover from Arakan crisis

Hackers targeted several government websites this week, according to state media, apparently in retaliation for Burma’s treatment of the country’s Muslim minority, as international attention on the plight of the Rohingya in northern Arakan State intensifies. The Burmese-language state-run daily Kyemon reported on Tuesday that six government websites had been hacked in a “defacement attack,” […]

Govt urged to establish Belt and Road taskforce

From tackling illegal border trade to constructing Kyaukphyu SEZ, the to-do list for Belt and Road in Myanmar is very long. THE Myanmar government is urged to take a proactive role and form a taskforce to carve out its involvement in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). An adviser to the National League for Democracy-led […]

TrueMoney unveils new and improved e-wallet features

ASEAN’s leading e-payment provider, TrueMoney, announced today new and improved features for its TrueMoney Wallet application, designed to serve all of the financial needs for people in Thailand and in the ASEAN region, according to a company statement. Apart from the current services of bill payment, mobile top-up, money transfer, and online and offline payments, […]

US has opportunity to solve Myanmar’s energy dilemma

Unable to meet soaring domestic demand for energy, Myanmar’s government is said to have entered preliminary discussions over a deal to buy electricity from China. At the beginning of this month, sources close to the talks told Reuters that three state-owned Chinese companies had submitted proposals outlining how they could help Myanmar fill its widening […]