Political make-up a bottleneck for Shan economy

The political make-up of the state’s executive and legislature results in a lot of time and energy spent on negotiations instead of implementing sweeping economic reforms in Shan, according to a local chamber of commerce. The state needs political stability and it needs to generate value-added agricultural products in order to grow its economy. Shan […]

Thitikorn revs up for full entry into Myanmar market

Thitikorn (TK), a leading Thai hire-purchase provider in the motorcycle segment, is entering the Myanmar market with plans to operate a new company – Mingalaba Thitikorn Microfinance – established with registered capital of 200 million kyat (Bt4.85 million). Myanmar is the third overseas country in which the listed company has invested, after Laos and Cambodia. […]

Cambodian PM asks workers not to demand higher wage hike

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has asked garment workers not to demand a higher rise in the minimum wage. As garment workers in many Asian nations get paid lesser, workers should not demand a salary hike that employers may not afford, he told garment workers in Phnom Penh recently. Else factories could move to Myanmar, […]

French aid to improve water supplies

The French Development Agency (AFD) and the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) signed on September 22 a €1,25 million grant agreement that aims at financing the improvement of water service management in Tarmwe Township in Yangon. The project seeks to implement a technical and commercial management model for the municipality’s water service in the pilot […]

Who can Grab the opportunity s Uber’s Asian ride gets bumpy?

As ride-hailing giant Uber struggles with its manifold problems worldwide, regional rivals such as the Southeast Asia-focused Grab are embracing one cardinal rule: don’t gloat just yet. Instead, with the titan on the ropes, the smaller players are quietly using the opportunity to expand into new countries and services, consolidating market share wherever possible. But […]

Sodexo , Amata eye growth in CLMV markets

SODEXO, a global leader in integrated facilities management services, plans to expand its activities in the CLMV markets (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam) through its joint venture operations with Amata Corp in Thailand. Under the partnership, Thailand will be promoted as Sodex’s ‘hub for growth’ in the region. Arnaud Bialecki, country president of Sodexo Thailand, […]

Nagaland Declaration’ released at NE Connectivity Summit

DIMAPUR, Sept 24 – Following wide-ranging discussions during the two-day 4th North East Connectivity Summit in Kohima, Deputy Secretary General, FICCI, Arun Chawla released the ‘Nagaland Declaration’ for connectivity-led development of the North East region.As per the declaration, the Summit, which concluded last night, felt the need to create a North East Implementation Agency to […]

Myanmar’s bargaining power rises along the Belt and Road

AS Hong Kong’s second Belt and Road Summit started today in the city The Myanmar Times asked two experts from The Economist Intelligence Unit and Lau China Institute at King’s College, London for their input regarding the dynamics of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and China in relation to Myanmar and ASEAN. Much of […]

Henkel Thailand expands footprint in consumer sectors

Building on 45 years of success in Thailand, Henkel continues to expand its presence in the adhesives and hair businesses and is aiming for greater growth, especially in the consumer sectors. Thailand has a large consumer market and a growing middle class, which are fueling the growth of various markets, such as automotive, beauty, electronics, […]

UOB puts focus on Asean investment

UNITED OVERSEAS BANK (UOB), one of the largest Asian banks, is actively engaged in bringing foreign investors to Thailand, particularly the flagship investment project in the Eastern Economic Corridor, according to its chief executive. Asked which Asean countries were now the most attractive for foreign direct investment in the eyes of UOB, Choon Hin Tan, […]