Second Thai-Myanmar friendship bridge to open Oct 30

The second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge across the Moei River in Tak’s Mae Sot district will be officially opened on Oct 30, according to a press release from the Highways Department. The opening ceremony will be co-chaired by Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob and Myanmar’s Minister of Construction Han Zaw. The Thai ambassador to Yangon and the […]

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 […]

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 […]

MoUs Inked to Step up Thailand-Myanmar Cross-Border Trade

​​ Business communities and the governments of Thailand and Myanmar have agreed on bolstering cross-border trade by improving existing channels and developing new routes, and with an emphasis on the exchange of data and a new cross-border SEZ. The Thai delegation, led by Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, met with State Counsellor Daw Aung […]

Roads can convert Myanmar from economic void to hub

  YANGON — Once regarded as “Asia’s missing link,” Myanmar is undergoing a road construction boom. Seen as vital for economic development, arterial roads are being planned and built with greater urgency, and advances in democratization as well as cease-fires with ethnic minority rebels have sped projects along. The construction of roads connecting Myanmar with […]

Thailand’s ruling general bets US$83 billion on taming the wild frontier with Myanmar

BANGKOK — For much of the past century, the Thai border town of Mae Sot stood on one of Asia’s wilder frontiers. On the opposite bank of the swirling, mud-brown Moei River in neighbouring Myanmar, Karen insurgents waged a seemingly endless independence war. Smugglers trafficked guns, opium, timber and gemstones. Then there was the two-way […]

2nd Thai-Myanmar bridge signed

Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith signed an official agreement on Thursday for the construction of a second Thai-Myanmar bridge across the Moei River from Mae Sot district of Tak province. The minister said he signed the deal with Myanmar Construction Minister U Kyaw Lwin in Naypyidaw on Thursday. Thailand’s Highways Department is responsible for the construction […]

Thai-Myanmar border trade resumes through Mae Sot

Myanmar soldiers reopened ports on the Moei River opposite Tak province to trade on Tuesday night after Thai authorities allowed oil exports to resume through pipelines to Myawaddy. Myanmar soldiers had closed 23 ports on the river bank on Tuesday morning. This followed Thai officials’ recent decision to ban fuel deliveries through pipelines. They said […]

Thai fuel ban begins to hit Myawady

Myawady – Thailand banned the export of petrol, diesel and oil to Myawady since last Sunday and there would be shortages within a week, said filling station owners. “We are facing shortage of diesel right now. It can be imported officially through the Friendship Bridge but we have a lack of oil trucks and have […]