Villagers in Myanmar Describe the Destructive Power of China’s Building Frenzy

Kyaukphyu, Myanmar — President Xi Jinping of China is hosting a conference in Beijing this weekend to showcase one of his biggest gambles: a planned investment in pipelines, ports, trains, roads and other projects to link China to much of the rest of the world, including Europe and Africa. Called One Belt, One Road, the multibillion-dollar initiative seeks to generate business for China’s state-owned enterprises […]

Economy to Grow by Seven Percent This Fiscal Year, Observer Group Predicts

RANGOON — Burma’s economy is predicted to grow by at least seven percent in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 fiscal years after growth of six percent last fiscal year, predicted regional observer group ASEAN +3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO). Moderate growth in Burma last fiscal year (6.3 percent) compared to 7.3 percent the year before was […]

China and Myanmar open long-delayed oil pipeline

Strategic supply route helps Beijing avoid Malacca Strait chokepoint China and Myanmar have finally agreed to open a cross-border pipeline into south-east China, allowing Beijing to diversify oil supply routes and reduce its dependence on the contentious South China Sea. The agreement, announced by Chinese vice-foreign minister Liu Zhenmin at the end of a state […]

Myanmar opens Thilawa SEZ to foreign insurers

Myanmar is opening up its Thilawa special economic zone near Yangon to international insurance companies — part of a market liberalization effort expected to gain momentum this year. The government does not allow foreign insurers to offer their services outside of Thilawa — a Myanmar-Japanese joint venture and the country’s only operational SEZ. Only three […]

Joint-Venture Between British and Myanmar Firms Eyes Oil and Gas Sector

​​ A British company has created a joint-venture with a Myanmar firm to enter the marine industry as well as oil and natural gas sector. Representatives from the UK firm, James Fisher and Sons, and the Myanmar firm Royal Marine Technology Co Ltd, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the Sule Shangri-La Hotel on […]

Thilawa Extends to Zone B

​​ The Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ), involving more than US$ 1 billion investment, will be extended to Zone B and construction of infrastructures will be completed by mid-2018, SEZ Management Committee Chair U Set Aung told the media. Total FDI in Zone A has amounted to US$1055 million and the zone is now 95% […]

Thilawa SEZ Commences Second Phase of Project

​​ RANGOON — Rangoon’s Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) management committee members said they expect to complete the 250-acre second phase of the project in mid-2018, during a commencement ceremony at the SEZ’s new Zone B on Friday morning. Thilawa SEZ is located between Kyauktan and Thanlyin townships, 14 miles from downtown Rangoon. The project […]

FMI to Partner With Manaung Island Firm

First Myanmar Investment (FMI) has formed a joint venture with a company owned by residents of Manaung Island in Rakhine State, which will develop the island and build infrastructure, according to an FMI announcement on the Yangon Stock Exchange yesterday. FMI signed an agreement with Manaung Public Company (MPC) on October 24 to established an […]

Export Volume of Mussels From Kyaukphyu to China Declines Due to Unstable Price

The drop in export volume of mussels mostly found in Kyaukphyu is attributed to the unstable price of mussels and irregular demand from China, it is learnt from the mussel depots. Around 2,000 to 7,000 viss of mussels are usually exported from the Kyaukphyu area to the China market per month. However, only 1,000-2,000 viss […]

Rakhine’s coastal waters still plagued by off-shore fishing vessels

The illegal entry of off-shore fishing vessels into Rakhine State’s shallow, coastal waters has reportedly see a depletion in amount of fish being caught by near-shore fisherman, Myitmakha News Agency has been informed. The Department of Fisheries has demarcated a territory ten-miles from the shore as an area exclusive to near-shore fishing vessels, but off-shore […]