Myanmar to learn from Malaysia on ease of doing business

In order to raise its rank on the World Bank’s ease of doing business index, a Myanmar delegation recently visited Malaysia, which is much higher on the index, to study the situation there. Their findings will be reported to the ministries and Vice President, said U Aung Soe, director of the Myanmar Trade Promotion Team. […]

FMI to Partner With Manaung Island Firm

First Myanmar Investment (FMI) has formed a joint venture with a company owned by residents of Manaung Island in Rakhine State, which will develop the island and build infrastructure, according to an FMI announcement on the Yangon Stock Exchange yesterday. FMI signed an agreement with Manaung Public Company (MPC) on October 24 to established an […]

New Myanmar government brings challenges for Tokyo

With Wednesday’s installation of a new government in Myanmar that will effectively be led by pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, the Southeast Asian nation has arrived at a crossroads in its relationship with Japan. After more than 50 years of military rule, Htin Kyaw, a key aide to Suu Kyi, took over the same […]

From General to Politician: A Conversation with Shwe Mann

Shwe Mann was once one of Burma’s most powerful generals, ranking third in the hierarchy of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), the military regime that ruled until 2011; today, he is the speaker of the Union Parliament, and a key player in the country’s ongoing political transition. Until Thein Sein was named president, […]