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Asia World Sees Myanmar’s New Concrete Road as Catalyst and Confidence Booster for Investments Into Rakhine

The Asia World Foundation said today that a new, all-weather 54-kilometer concrete road will serve as a major confidence booster and catalyst for direct investments in Rakhine State which today kicked off a three-day investment fair that was inaugurated by Myanmar’s State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The Foundation of the Asia World Group, […]

Japan envoy says development is solution for Rakhine

Japan’s top envoy to Myanmar said that economic development is an answer to Rakhine’s conflict and that Tokyo is considering providing aid for the state. “If there is economic development, I believe that there will be no conflict,” Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Maruyama said ahead of a Japan-backed investment fair in Ngapali. The first Rakhine Investment […]

MFVP pushes opening of more fruit export channels

The Myanmar Fruit, Flower, and Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association (MFVP) suggested three measures to expand the watermelon market and control market prices at the 22nd regular meeting of Vice President 1 and entrepreneurs. The suggestions were put forward by MFVP vice president U Myint Sein at the meeting held recently at the UMFCCI office. […]

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 […]

Japan Investments Expected to Rise

Japan is one of the biggest contributors to Myanmar and provides humanitarian support, loans at low interest rates, technological support and investments in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ). Investment from Japanese companies went up after 2011 and has increased further since the democratic government took administration. The following is an interview with Mr. Hiro […]

Nagasaki fire engine maker, Myanmar firm aim to improve safety via tie-up

Yangon – A Japanese fire engine maker is teaming up with a local firm to break into the market for safety products in Myanmar, capitalizing on the country’s efforts to improve its firefighting capability with help from Japan. With support from the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Nakamura Shobokagaku Co., based in Omura, Nagasaki Prefecture, […]

China seeks ‘new chapter’ in first visit with Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

HONG KONG – China and Myanmar pledged to open a “new chapter” in their sometimes strained relationship, raising the prospect that stalled Chinese investment projects in the Southeastern Asian country could be allowed to resume. Aung San Suu Kyi, head of Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy and newly installed foreign minister, and her Chinese counterpart, […]

New Myanmar government brings challenges for Tokyo

With Wednesday’s installation of a new government in Myanmar that will effectively be led by pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, the Southeast Asian nation has arrived at a crossroads in its relationship with Japan. After more than 50 years of military rule, Htin Kyaw, a key aide to Suu Kyi, took over the same […]

Myanmar to draft two new investment laws

Japan remains committed to Myanmar Japanese companies invested US$22.8 billion in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam in 2013, according to the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO). The trend is strong, following the first wave of Japanese investment in the 1980s and 1990s, which helped build up automotive and electronics sectors in Thailand, […]

Myanmar workers prefer to work in Thailand

Large-scale commercial building projects in Rangoon are reportedly being delayed by a shortage of skilled labor because Burmese workers still prefer jobs in Thailand. More than 2 million migrant workers remain in Thailand, where there are frequent reports of abuse and cheating by employers and job agents, and thousands of Burmese also choose to endure […]