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Nine sectors to have priority under the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor

Myanmar is prioritising nine sectors covering infrastructure projects under the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor although more specific details as to which of the projects have been chosen remain under wraps. These sectors, part of the Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan, include electricity, road, bridge, telecommunication, basic construction, agriculture, transportation, research and technology. Union of Myanmar Federation of […]

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 […]

China port pact in focus as President visits Myanmar

President Ram Nath Kovind’s first visit to Myanmar starting on Monday will be an occasion to build upon the strong bilateral relationship with India’s biggest link with the Asean region. However, with Myanmar signing the Kyaukpyu port project with China in November, officials in India are concerned that this port could become a greater security […]

China clinches multi-billion-dollar strategic port deal with Myanmar

China has clinched a multi-billion-dollar deal to build a port + at a strategic town along the coast of the Bay of Bengal in Myanmar, its third project in India’s neighbourhood after Sri Lanka and Pakistan. China and Myanmar signed an agreement on Thursday to build the deep sea port project in Kyaukpyu town after […]

Ministry of Electricity and Energy invites bids for Installation of Distribution Lines and Transformers, national electrification project, submission date: 1 November 2018.

Specific procurement notice Date : 28th September, 2018 Invitation for Bids IDA, Credit No 5727-MM Contract Title Installation of Distribution Lines and Transformers for Sagaing, Magway, Chin, Magway, Rakhine, Bago (West), Bago (East), Kayin & Mon For National Electrification Project Reference No MOEE-NEP/C1-W2/18, MOEE-NEP/C1- W3/18 & MOEE-NEP/C1-W6/18 1. The Republic of the Union of Myanmar […]

China hardsells big ticket but low on trust, India’s soft power push in Myanmar education and health

As Delhi seeks to expand its engagement with Myanmar, it is in sectors such as education, health and entertainment services that India hopes to make an impact in a country crowded with several international players, and completely dominated by China. In a state-of-the art classroom at the steel and glass Myanmar Institute of Information Technology […]

Myanmar will ask China to downsize project, minister says

NAYPYITAW — Myanmar will seek to reduce the scale of a China-led special economic zone project in its western state of Rakhine, Planning and Finance Minister Soe Win said in an exclusive interview. Speaking with Nikkei on Tuesday, the minister, a former Deloitte managing partner, stressed the importance of heeding “lessons that we learned from […]

China set to build Rakhine port

Myanmar says it is eager to begin work on a Chinese-backed port and industrial park project in the Rakhine State town of Kyaukpyu with a decision is expected soon. National security adviser Thaung Tun denied the country was in a “debt trap” with Beijing, calling it a “win-win” deal. “We would like to see this […]

An overview of the $9bn China-backed proposal for Myanmar’s Kyaukpyu port

In 2015, China’s state-owned investment giant CITIC Group won a tender to build a massive port at Kyaukpyu, a town in the west of Myanmar. The $9bn agreement was struck on the basis of CITIC assuming a 70% share, with the Myanmar government and local operators receiving the remaining 30%. Three years on, however, and […]

Myanmar risks falling into a China debt trap

To understand China’s top priority in Myanmar, forget Beijing’s involvement in the country’s sputtering peace process, or efforts to restart its backed but now suspended US$3.9 billion Myitsone hydroelectric dam, or even securing rights to extract copper at the locally resisted Letpadaung mine outside of Mandalay. Those are all subordinate interests to what China really […]