Tour operators barely surviving due to “incredibly shaky” demand

Small tour operators are on the verge of collapse as market demand in the tourism sector took a hit among Western visitors, as bookings for the impending peak season are “incredibly shaky”, according to a local company. In addition, hopes on wooing Asian investors were dashed by the now-abandoned “$1,000 in cash per tourist” entry […]

Will Myanmar become a conduit for Iranian crude into China?

On June 1, sometime between the US withdrawal from the JCPOA in early May, and its demand in late June that Asian buyers fully halt Iranian oil purchases, PetroChina snuck in a shipment of Iranian crude through Myanmar to its Yunnan Petrochemical refinery in southern China. On any other route, this would have been just […]

Government Commits to Long Term Aquaculture Development; Starts Dialogue on Issues

Myanmar has taken its first major step towards developing a sustainable aquaculture industry that will meet domestic dietary needs and support the country’s fishery exports business at a time when wild fish stocks are declining rapidly. “The fisheries sector is one of the most important for our ministry, contributing to the protein needs of our […]

Myanmar Goes Ringside at China-India Bout

‘China will go all out to help Myanmar in time of crisis. India will also help Myanmar, but it does not go all out,” was the light-hearted comment made by a seasoned Asean diplomat based in Yangon recently. He was referring to the behaviour of Myanmar’s two powerful neighbours these past months, which is providing […]

ATM Growth Slows in China, India, Picks up in New Markets

The number of ATMs worldwide reached a record 3.3 million in 2016, however, the rate of expansion slowed to 3 percent, down from 5 percent in 2015, according to the RBR report, Global ATM Market and Forecasts to 2022. The decline has largely resulted from rationalization in western Europe and markets such as Brazil and […]

The ‘Belt and Road’ Projects China Doesn’t Want Anyone Talking About

Kunming, Yunnan’s provincial capital, occupies a key place in China’s economic diplomacy efforts as the terminus of oil and gas pipelines from the Bay of Bengal and the starting point of a planned railway network winding through Indo-China to Singapore. But the provincial authorities have obscured the location of a brand new, 29.2 billion yuan […]

Myanmar to Receive Revenues from China-Myanmar Crude Oil Pipeline

Myanmar will gain financially from the China-Myanmar crude oil pipeline, which began operations in early April after the two countries signed an agreement for the transport of crude oil, said officials. The crude oil transport agreement was signed on April 10 in Beijing during president U Htin Kyaw’s state visit to China. Now, imported crude […]

Video Streaming Key in Fight for Myanmar Mobile Subscribers

YANGON — With faster mobile connections in place and smartphone use on the rise, discount data plans on video services have become a key strategy for Myanmar’s mobile carriers in their fight to attract new subscribers. In June, Myanma Posts and Telecommunications, the country’s biggest carrier, started to offer discounted data plans to view YouTube content and local […]

Once controversial oil refinery to open in Yunnan this month

A petrochemical facility near Kunming, once the source of grave public concern, is preparing to open for business later this month. Owned and operated by PetroChina, the factory 28 kilometers west of the provincial capital in Anning (安宁), is the first of its kind in Yunnan, according to a company press release. The refinery will […]

Mytel to Target Rural Areas and Compete on Price

​​ Myanmar’s fourth and final telecoms firm – operating under the brand name Mytel – will make use of the AAE-1 submarine cable, infrastructure belonging to state-owned MECtel and try to beat its rivals on services charges, its external relations officer said at press conference last weekend. Mytel is made up of Vietnam defence ministry […]