B4.5bn Dawei development loan okayed

Plans for the Dawei special economic zone have inched ahead after the Myanmar government agreed to borrow 4.5 billion baht from Thailand to finance the construction of a 132-kilometre road from Dawei’s proposed deep-sea port to Ban Phu Nam Ron in Kanchanaburi. Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, who led a Thai delegation to meet Myanmar officials […]

Govt mulls B4.5bn loan for Myanmar

Thailand is considering granting a 4.5-billion-baht loan to Myanmar to fund an infrastructure development project including the planned construction of a 132-km long road to stretch from the Thai-Myanmar border in Kanchanaburi to the Dawei special economic zone in the neighbouring country. Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith revealed this on Tuesday, saying the loan request was […]

Thais warned to avoid Myanmar border area after tourists abducted by Karen BGF

THAIS have been warned not to travel to the Myanmar border area near Kanchanaburi after a group of 37 tourists were taken hostage yesterday by the Karen Border Guard Force (BGF). The group, who crossed the border at Payathonzu in Karen State, were reportedly captured by the military group early yesterday in apparent retaliation for […]

Three Pagodas Pass upgrade sought

The head of the Immigration Bureau will propose that the government upgrade the Three Pagodas Pass in Kanchanaburi from a temporary border crossing to a permanent one to facilitate rapidly growing tourism and trade with Myanmar. Pol Lt Gen Nathathorn Prousoontorn made the comment during a visit to the border pass in Sangkhla Buri district […]

Myanmar’s wireless market heating up

YANGON — Competition in Myanmar’s mobile phone market is getting fierce. With sustained downward pressure on prices, the industry fears it could squeeze itself out of profitability. And things could get worse. Last July, Myanmar’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology said it would invite bids for a fourth mobile phone operator’s license. At first, […]

Thais feel impact of booming Dawei

BANGKOK • Saw Hdaik Oo, from Dawei in Myanmar, left home for Thailand when he was 15, in search of a job. He was fortunate to find one at a seafood-processing factory in Ranong, southern Thailand. And then even luckier to be promoted to oversee the refrigeration at a plant in Mahachai, which has one […]

Myeik Tourism Expands to Two New Islands

To develop local tourism businesses 14 islands from the Myeik Archipelago have been proposed and two islands from the list have been confirmed as eligible to start tourism businesses, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. Currently, tourism businesses are operating on Thahtay Kyun, Sagaing Inwa island and Myanmar Andaman island of Myeik Archipelago, […]

Cattle smugglers busted on Thai-Myanmar border

KANCHANABURI — A military patrol arrested five cattle smugglers and seized 38 buffaloes and cows near the Ban Pu Nam Ron crossing on the Thai-Myanmar border on Wednesday. The arrest was made by soldiers from the Surasee Task Force of the 9th Infantry Division The team led by Col Sarawut Chaiyasit, deputy chief of Lard […]

NEDA mulls soft loan to Myanmar for Dawei road link

THE NEIGHBOURING Countries Economic Development Cooperation Agency (NEDA) is considering a soft loan of about Bt4 billion to Myanmar to finance the construction of a 138-kilometre two-lane road from Dawei in Myanmar to Phu Nam Ron in Kanchanaburi province. Construction is expected to commence next year. The road would boost trade and investment between Myanmar […]

Myanmar’s Railway site to be revived for tourism

Homegrown Tala Mon Company has been awarded a contract by the local government to develop a museum, hotel, park and other tourist facilities at the Death Railway site in Thanbyuzayat township in Mon state. Min Banyar San, chairman, Tala Mon Company, told TTG Asia e-Daily that the work is expected to begin within the next […]