Sink-or-Swim Time for ASEAN Latecomers as Tariffs Come Down

HANOI — Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam are no longer getting the kid-gloves treatment in the ASEAN Economic Community. As late entrants to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the four countries were initially exempted from abolishing some tariffs when the bloc established the AEC at the end of 2015. As of Monday, however, they […]

Kubota to Join $92 Million Project to Improve Water Supply System in Yangon

YANGON – Farming and construction equipment manufacturer Kubota Corp. has said it will build water supply infrastructure in Myanmar’s commercial capital of Yangon together with other Japanese and South Korean partners, to meet growing industrial and household demand for clean water in line with the Southeast Asian country’s economic development. The company, which also provides water […]

Kirin expands market share with Mandalay Brewery JV

Kirin Holdings has officially taken a stake in Mandalay Brewery, the brewer of Mandalay Lager Beer, Mandalay Strong Beer and Mandalay Spirulina Beer. Japanese brewer Kirin Holdings and military-linked Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited (MEHL) signed an agreement on the joint venture in Yangon on Monday. The JV received approval from the Myanmar Investment Commission in […]

For Bengalis in Yangon, memories of a long-gone era

  RECENTLY IN YANGON: “Nearly a dozen Durga pujas are held in Rangoon, but ours is the best,” 84-year old Murari Mohan Lodh declared proudly. “We offer ‘bhog’ (the vegetarian Bengali meal offered to the gods) to thousands, including many Burmese, during the Puja days,” he added. It was a Sunday afternoon in September. Lodh […]

China ups its game in Myanmar’s SEZ race

CHINESE investors have expressed an interest in investing and developing the area across Yangon River and to construct an international airport, a port and housing projects, according to a local Chinese business association. The proposed locality and projects overlap with the prospective South Korea-led special economic zone. Members of the Yangon-headquartered Myanmar Chinese Chamber of […]

Tax hike on auto imports ‘not right solution’: merchants

Japanese used cars being imported across the Thaungyin River. Myanmar merchants on the Myawady border with Thailand complain that a pending increase in tax on imported vehicles is negatively impacting ordinary people. The border point has seen a rise in vehicle imports this month after the government declared it would increase vehicle import taxes from […]

Suu Kyi’s man in Yangon under fire over transit deal with China

Aung San Suu Kyi’s first major infrastructure project could hardly be more visible – hundreds of new yellow buses now plying the streets of Yangon in what her ruling party hopes will be a potent symbol of how it is transforming peoples’ lives. But two deals to import 2,000 buses from China estimated at more […]

Japanese joint-venture plans Yangon hotel

Hotel Okura Co Ltd said it would develop the luxury Okura Prestige Hotel with Ayeyar Hinthar Holdings Co Ltd in Yangon by 2020, with five more hotels due in the next five years. The company expects to sign a contract with Yangon Technical and Trading Co Ltd, a subsidiary of Ayeyar Hinthar, in August, working […]

Tender for Reconstruction of Flood-Affected Schools. Closing Date 9 Aug 2017

Subscribe to our tender alert mailing list The Government of Japan and the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar signed the Exchange of Notes dated February 17th, 2016, concerning the Japanese grant assistance for the Project for the Reconstruction of Flood-Affected Schools. Japan International Cooperation System (JICS) is acting as the procurement […]

Only high-tech firms for hydro, coal power

Only companies and countries with access to the latest technologies and technologies which minimise environmental impact will be considered to take part in hydro and coal power projects in Myanmar, a senior official from the Ministry of Electricity and Energy told The Myanmar Times. “For electricity generation sources, we are planning to consider only the […]