Pearl islands in Myanmar’s southern region to open for visitors

Some 15 islands in Myeik and Kawthoung, Myanmar’s southern coastal Tanintharyi region where pearl farms are located, will be open to visitors in October, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Sunday. The 15 islands accommodate a state-owned and 11 private pearl farms. Tourist vessels are not allowed to enter into the pearl farming […]

Border trade increases by $196 million

Between 1 April and 25 May in this fiscal year, the value of border trade reached US$ 1.165 billion, recording an increase of $196 million compared to the same period in the last FY, state media reported quoting figures recently released by the Commerce Ministry. The total value of border trade, as of 25 May […]

Are tropical islands in Myanmar Asia’s last untouched paradise?

Lack of infrastructure has protected the Myeik Archipelago in the Andaman Sea from the ravages of tourism, but for how much longer? Picture 800 or so islands surrounded by beaches of white sand and backed by lush green forest, rising out of a translucent, turquoise sea on which fishing boats and a handful of yachts […]

Trade through Thai-Myanmar border gates increases

Trade through the Thai-Myanmar border gates from 1 April to 2 March of the current fiscal year (FY) was worth some US$1.33 billion, which is some $90 million more than the trade value achieved during the same period last FY, according to state media. Of the seven Thai-Myanmar border gates, Myawady gate is the major […]

Taninthayi govt seeks upgrade of Dawei airport

The regional government of Taninthayi will submit a proposal to upgrade Dawei airport to the Union Government. The officials of Hithar Group Holdings Co and Bangkok Aviation Services Enterprise (BASE) explained matters relating to the project of upgrading Dawei airport to Taninthayi officials at the office of regional government on February 6. The regional government […]

Foreign investments to be invited for the upgrade of jetties

Foreign investments will be sought to upgrade jetties along the coast into international-standard ports as additional capacity is needed to supplement the Yangon port, which now handles 90 per cent of sea-based goods transport. “Jetties along the coast are mainly used for handling domestic cargo. They will become international ports when there is an inflow […]

External trade rises year-to-date, but border trade stalls

Trade between Myanmar and its international counterparts hit $16.9 billion between April 1 and October 13 in the current fiscal year, government data revealed. That’s an increase of $2.9 billion over the same period in the previous fiscal year. The rise in external trade came despite a substantial drop in business at many of Myanmar’s […]

Border trade down by $165 million

The value of border trade from 1st April to 25 August this fiscal year was down by US$165 million when compared to that in the same point of last fiscal year. Border trade from 1st April to 25 August this fiscal year hit $2.77 billion — $1.65 billion in exports and $1.12 billion in imports, […]

Myanmar, Thailand negotiate to solve migrant labour issue

In an attempt to solve the growing problem of undocumented Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand who are returning to their homeland out of fear of a new labour decree, the two countries are negotiating on issuing official documents to workers, but the talks are still ongoing and incomplete, said Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and […]

Dawei port grows busier

The number of cargo ships arriving at and leaving Dawei port in Taninthayi Region has significantly increased this year compared to the same period last year. From January to April last year, 107 ships entered and exited the port trading 56,693 tonnes of goods. However, in the same period of this year, there were 111 […]