The company lighting up rural Myanmar with affordable solar technology

Since launching its pilot programme in 2016, SolarHome has helped Myanmar find alternative energy options by providing unprecedented electricity access to underserved households. Ted Martynov, the company’s CEO, broke down SolarHome’s business and the energy situation in the country Tell us about SolarHome… SolarHome is one of the first distributors in pay-as-you-go solar for off-grid […]

CB Bank successfully adapting to meet the needs of a new generation

Economic liberalisation came relatively late to Myanmar, but the country has been working hard to make up for its slow start. Following a military coup in 1962, the country was governed by an oppressive dictatorship and subsequently experienced the ignominy of being rated one of the least developed and most corrupt nations in the world. […]

Myanmar: Asia’s Final Frontier Car Market

Earlier this month I spent four days in Myanmar, the proud and reclusive nation of 52 million sandwiched between India, China and Thailand. My purpose: Work with officials in the Myanmar government to develop plans for a competitive auto industry. The timing could not be better: Fast-emerging and increasingly affordable EV and autonomous vehicle technologies […]

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 […]

Grab to invest US$100m in Myanmar as smartphone use surges

[SINGAPORE] Grab, Southeast Asia’s biggest ride-hailing app, plans to invest US$100 million in Myanmar as it extends its battle with Uber Technologies to capture exploding use of smartphones. Grab will invest the money over the next three years and work with local governments to expand ride-hailing to more cities and roll out services such as […]

Welcome to Mogok, Myanmar’s mysterious mining mecca

High in the hills of northeastern Myanmar, past a few sleepy army checkpoints on a stretch of road where mobile phones lose their signal, an ageing signpost set against a mountainous landscape reads: “WELCOME TO RUBY LAND”. This is the entrance to a little-known and seldom-visited town called Mogok, which is said to be the […]

Mobile firms splash the cash in Myanmar

OOREDOO has extended a US$2 million sponsorship to the Myanmar Football Federation and Myanmar National League for this year. Meanwhile, MPT-KDDI joint operations is sponsoring Myanmar Idol, the nation’s most popular singing contest. Recently, Telenor launched its first nationwide karaoke contest, offering the winner a prize of 200 million kyats (about Bt5.8 million) and a […]

Shop.com.mm Claims Big Response on Myanmar’s First Black Friday

Local online retailer Shop.com.mm said it has racked up “unprecedented order numbers and sales figures” without releasing any actual sales figures. The Rocket Internet-backed company claimed it got “as many orders as it does in three months during the Black Friday sale.” The first ever Black Friday sales of Myanmar was launched in partnership with […]

How mobile tech is flowering in the land of ‘keepy-uppy’

U Myint Kyaw Thu says he wanted to make games since he was a five-year-old playing Nintendo. But growing up in Burma, now Myanmar, there was no internet and precious few mobile phones. So when he founded Total Gameplay Studio with his brother in 2005, he had to develop games for international buyers, sometimes living […]

Live cattle top Myawaddy export list

OF the nearly 40 billion baht (US$1.1 billion) worth of trade that passed through the Mae Sot and Myawaddy border posts last fiscal year, about 90 percent, or 36 billion baht worth, represents exports from Thailand to Myanmar, according to Thai statistics. The Thai fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30. Thai customs […]