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New bridge boosts Thai-Myanmar ties

TAK: Bilateral border trade between Thailand and Myanmar is expected to flourish after the second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge becomes fully operational, starting from Oct 30. Niyom Wairatpanich, vice-chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, said the bridge is vital to boost border trade between the two countries, increasing trade flow and logistics services through Mae […]

In sleepy Mawlamyine, Myanmar youths can’t wait to leave as city becomes shadow of its former self

Mawlamyine (or Moulmein) in Myanmar is one of those Southeast Asian cities like Sandakan (Malaysia), Bacolod (Philippines) and Songkhla (Thailand) – where the past looms large but the present seems faded and unpromising. The kinds of places that young people yearn to leave in search of jobs and money. Home to just under 300,000 residents, […]

Kokko Chinatown project sparks concerns in Tak

Border towns are often labelled as remote villages without modern infrastructure or amenities. However, recent economic policies such as the development of special economic zones and foreign investment have led to the urbanisation of these rural areas. A clear example of this can be seen in Mae Sot district in Tak province, located opposite to […]

Trade volume between Myanmar and Thailand reaches over US$1.7 B

Trade volume between Myanmar and Thailand reached over US$1.7 billion till January 2019 and Myanmar exported over US$1 billion worth of products to Thailand, according to Ministry of Commerce. Myanmar exported US$3.823 billion worth of products and imported US$691.145 million worth of products in 2011-12 FY and exported US$4.576 billion worth of products and imported […]

Second Thai-Myanmar friendship bridge opens

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday opened the second Thai-Myanmar bridge across the Moei River. The opening ceremony was held in the middle of the new bridge, which links Mae Sot district of Tak province and Myawaddy township in Myanmar. The completion of the new bridge showed […]

Kayin State opens tender for Hpa-an mall

The Kayin State government is calling tenders for building the first shopping mall in the state capital of Hpa-an, a senior planning official said. U Than Naing, minister of the municipality as well as of the planning and finance departments of the state government, said the project was planned to be built within a two-and-a-half-year […]

JICA to fund new projects to replace old suspension bridges

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will fund the construction of new bridges to replace ageing suspension bridges in some areas of the country, an official of the Japanese aid agency said. Among the new bridges that JICA will fund include the one that will replace the Gyaing suspension bridge in Kawkareik township of Kayin […]

Army Shutters Myawaddy Checkpoint in Clampdown on Auto Smuggling

Two Border Guard Force (BGF) soldiers refused The Irrawaddy permission to approach a border crossing between Myawaddy and Mae Sot, Thailand on foot on Monday, saying the area was closed. The closure reportedly followed efforts by the army to clamp down on vehicle smuggling across the Thai border. According to Kyaw Than, an automobile trader […]

KBank in border staff swap with Myanmar lender

KASIKORNBANK (KBank) is joining with Myanmar’s biggest lender, Kanbawza Bank (KBZ Bank), on a staff exchange programme for the border cities of Mae Sot and Myawaddy. The initiative is part of efforts to boost trade across the border. The focus is on import-export settlements via banking system and promotion of cross-border funds transfer via the […]

Falling farm prices, currency hit Thai-Myanmar trade

TAK: Trade value across the border with Myanmar border in Mae Sot district dropped more than 10% last year on falling prices in the agricultural sector and a drop in the value of the kyat. Suchart Triratwattana, the chief adviser of the Tak Chamber of Commerce, said on Wednesday border trade between the district and […]