ASEAN trade pact strengthens Myanmar’s ties with Australia, New Zealand

THE free trade agreement (FTA) between ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand makes Myanmar products more competitive in the two biggest markets in Australasia, according to trade commissioners from Australia and New Zealand. There is a huge potential for trade to grow in the agriculture sector, as all three countries are rich in farms and fisheries. […]

Myanmar-HK ties boosted by CE visit

On September 15, she met with senior Myanmar government officials in Nay Pyi Taw. Mrs Lam first met with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The chief executive said that this is the first ever official visit by the chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) since the city’s return to […]

Hong Kong leader heads to Myanmar seeking to complement Belt and Road

HONG Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam will visit Myanmar on September 14-17 in an effort to step up its game in ASEAN and is expected to promote Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative. Mrs Lam will be speaking at the 14th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention (WCEC) on September 16, which is held by the Yangon-headquartered Myanmar […]

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,” […]

Race to Unlock Yangon’s Gridlock

On a repurposed bus still bearing Korean-language transit maps, Mr Soe Than navigates service No. 4 through rush-hour Yangon. Powerful air-conditioning keeps the mix of students, labourers and office workers cool even though bus attendants hang off the side of the vehicle through an open rear door. But it’s a long, jerky ride to the […]

Indonesia Wants Direct Jakarta-Yangon Air Links

INDONESIAN government is requesting Myanmar to allow direct flights connecting Jakarta and Yangon to spur tourism and business activities between both nations. Dr Ito Sumardi, Indonesian ambassador in Yangon told The Myanmar Times on July 14 that in 2015, the Myanmar Airlines International (MAI) and Indonesia’s state-owned Garuda Airlines signed a deal but it did […]

A startup tackles Southeast Asia’s hidden esports opportunity

It may not be long before an athlete wins a gold medal at the Olympics – for playing a computer game. Competitive computer gaming, or esports, has turned from a fringe activity into a genre that’s getting millions of viewers and doling out millions of dollars in prize money. In Southeast Asia, it may be […]

Myanmar Companies Ramping up Tourism Industry

YANGON — Leading companies in Myanmar are building up the tourism industry in a bid to capitalize on the increasing number of foreign visitors to the Southeast Asian country since democratic reforms took place. First Myanmar Investment signed an agreement in October with its Singapore-listed affiliate Yoma Strategic Holdings and other companies, including SHC Capital Asia, […]

Can Rangoon’s Traffic Woes be Solved?

RANGOON — Dr. Maung Aung has the ambition to ease a shared source of suffering for Rangoon residents since 2011—traffic congestion—by the end of the year, implementing a series of changes from a computerized traffic control system to a drastically streamlined bus network. He is the secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA), formed […]

Japan’s MHM merges with Thai firm in first tie-up of its kind

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto (MHM), one of Japan’s largest law firms, has acquired leading firm Chandler & Thong-ek (C&T) in Thailand as part of a push into South East Asia. The acquisition comes just over a year after the Japanese firm opened its third ASEAN office in Bangkok. The office is located in the same building […]