More Asian Travellers Expected to Arrive in 2018

Industry players forecast tour packages from Asian markets to jump 25 percent in 2018 and 2019, while arrivals from European countries could dip by almost 20pc for the same period. U Khin Zaw, advisor of the Union minister of Hotels and Tourism, told The Myanmar Times on January 3 that the change in arrival pattern was […]

India-Myanmar-Thailand Highway To Be Ready In 3 Years; Work Starts

The Indian government has awarded all the contracts under the India-Myanmar-Thailand highway over the last three months and the highway is likely to be ready in three years, the external affairs ministry said. “Government of India is implementing two projects as part of Trilateral Highway between India, Myanmar and Thailand. These are construction of 69 […]

Sink-or-Swim Time for ASEAN Latecomers as Tariffs Come Down

HANOI — Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam are no longer getting the kid-gloves treatment in the ASEAN Economic Community. As late entrants to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the four countries were initially exempted from abolishing some tariffs when the bloc established the AEC at the end of 2015. As of Monday, however, they […]

Modi Backs India-Myanmar-Thailand Highway’s Indochina Extension

NEW DELHI — India is pushing an ambitious highway initiative through Myanmar and Thailand to connect with Vietnam through Cambodia and Laos, which observers of Southeast Asia see as part of its efforts to counter China’s Belt and Road Intiative (BRI) project. Connectivity with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which comprises Brunei, Cambodia, […]

Myanmar Emerging as Key Component in China’s Belt Road Initiative

A recent public speaking trip through Asia discussing the ongoing developments within the China Belt Road Initiative (BRI) exposed a number interesting themes, one of which is the increasing influence Myanmar is having on China’s Belt Road Initiative (BRI). Most discussion within the maritime, oil & gas and rail sectors focused on the growing improvements […]

Gulf Energy Development Plans $4.6bn Power Plant Spend After IPO

Gulf Energy Development’s billionaire founder Sarath Ratanavadi plans US$4.6 billion of investment in power plants over the next four years after the company’s listing this month. The initial public offering’s proceeds will help fund some of the outlay, with the rest coming from loans, Mr Sarath, the company’s chief executive, said in his Bangkok office. […]

Myanmar tackles food safety in bid to boost agricultural exports

MYANMAR plans to improve food safety in a bid to boost agricultural exports and extract more value from a sector that accounts for 38 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product. Ye Tint Tun, director general of the Department of Agriculture, said exports of agricultural products made up 23 per cent of Myanmar’s export […]

China’s latest Myanmar megaproject courts controversy

Nearly two years ago, Myanmar chose a Chinese consortium led by the state-run Citic to develop a $10 billion port and industrial park that could turn into the country’s largest foreign investment. With Beijing pledging to create 100,000 jobs and transform a poor region, the Kyaukpyu port plan potentially represents a huge win for Myanmar. […]

Dilemma on minimum wages could lead to better productivity

Concern is rising among employers over demands that the minimum wage be raised to K4,800- K6,600 ($4-$5.20) per day from K3,600 per day currently. That’s a potential increase in wages of more than 80 percent, a move which, if implemented, could put many companies out of business. The Confederation of Trade Unions in Myanmar (CTUM), […]

A stronger FY2017 seen for Zhulian

MULTI-level marketing (MLM) company Zhulian Corp Bhd’s earnings continued to rebound in its third quarter ended Aug 31, 2017 (3QFY2017), pointing to a strong finish for its full financial year. This expectation is reflected in its share price gains since the beginning of the year. Year to date, the counter has risen 40% to RM1.75 […]