State Counselor Encourages Japanese Investment in Myanmar

Myanmar’s State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has invited Japanese investors to seek investment opportunities in Myanmar as she believes that Japan has a deep understanding of the country’s struggle in the Rakhine crisis and peace process. On Monday, in her keynote speech at the Myanmar Investment Conference in Tokyo, Daw Aung San Suu […]

Dawei road loan nears

The Neighbouring Countries Economic Development Cooperation Agency (Neda) is about to approve a long-awaited road construction project linking Thailand and the Dawei deep-sea port in Myanmar. The move came after the Myanmar government finally approved borrowing of up to 4.5 billion baht in credit facility from Neda, the biggest loan the Thai agency has ever […]

Dialogue on Pakbaeng Hydropower Project Begins

CHIANG RAI PROVINCE, Thailand (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The first dialogue meeting of the Pakbaeng Hydropower Project on the Mekong River yesterday took place to further react with the recommendations raised by the Mekong River Commission in regards to the PNPCA process of the project. Officials from the Thailand National Mekong Committee Secretariat (TNMCS) and Lao […]

Myanmar, Laos Vow to Enhance Bilateral Cooperation in All Sectors

​​ Myanmar and Laos have vowed to enhance bi­lateral cooperation in all sectors with a specific fo­cus on the socio-econom­ic development of border inhabitants, according to sources with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The pledge was made at the 12th meeting of My­anmar-Laos Border Re­gion Authorities at cen­tral level in Yangon. The meeting, co-chaired by […]

Mekong states band together to tackle drug scourge

MEKONG RIVER • The Lao People’s Army patrol boat was custom- made in China with night-vision capability and two of the most powerful engines on a remote stretch of the Mekong River. Today, like most days, it sits idle for lack of petrol, guarded by a single Laotian soldier in flip-flops. Even occasional patrols by […]

Laos-Myanmar bridge set to open

Laos and Myanmar have set May as the date for the opening of the first bridge over the Mekong River that links the two countries. Xaysongkham Manotham, the project manager, told the Vientiane Times that the opening date had been moved forward from August after the US$26 million (848 million baht) bridge is completed in […]