Villagers in Myanmar Describe the Destructive Power of China’s Building Frenzy

Kyaukphyu, Myanmar — President Xi Jinping of China is hosting a conference in Beijing this weekend to showcase one of his biggest gambles: a planned investment in pipelines, ports, trains, roads and other projects to link China to much of the rest of the world, including Europe and Africa. Called One Belt, One Road, the multibillion-dollar initiative seeks to generate business for China’s state-owned enterprises […]

Myanmar media outlets enter new era

After more than a year of civilian rule in Myanmar, the country’s media has started to emerge from a climate of fear and suppression. But as the country’s media sector grows rapidly, there are still challenges facing the industry in this newly opened nation now embracing modern times. “[The] Press Freedom Index’s ranking said that […]

ADB eyes greater role in Myanmar road, port projects

MANILA — The Asian Development Bank will help Myanmar modernize its transportation infrastructure, such as roads and ports, seeing public-private partnerships as key to promoting projects. The Manila-based multilateral lender will serve as an adviser assisting the Myanmar government in such matters as drawing up plans, selecting contractors and procuring funds. The arrangement will be […]

China’s Modern ‘Silk Road’ Plans Discussed at Yangon Meeting

​​ A recent briefing looking at China’s One Belt One Road strategy and Myanmar opportunities was held at the Rose Garden Hotel in Yangon. The Briefing was well attended, with over 100 attendees from companies representing countries such as Japan, Singapore, Australia, China, Malaysia and India. The briefing was arranged and coordinated in conjunction with the […]

Thais warned to avoid Myanmar border area after tourists abducted by Karen BGF

THAIS have been warned not to travel to the Myanmar border area near Kanchanaburi after a group of 37 tourists were taken hostage yesterday by the Karen Border Guard Force (BGF). The group, who crossed the border at Payathonzu in Karen State, were reportedly captured by the military group early yesterday in apparent retaliation for […]

Automated system available in border trade camps by 2018

The Myanmar Automated Cargo Clearance System (MACCS) is planned for use in border trade camps by 2018, according to the Customs Department. To facilitate trade, MACCS was launched at international ports, Yangon Airport International Cargo Terminal and Thilawa Special Economic Zone operations starting on 12thNovember. This will now be extended to border areas. The automated […]

Govt mulls rejection of US$300 million loan from China

Thanks but no thanks, the Myanmar government may be preparing to say to a major Chinese lender. As Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi discussed the future of the controversial Myitsone dam project and other aspects of Myanmar-Chinese relations in Beijing, questions were being raised as to whether the country needs to take on an additional […]

Presidential order reinstates study for proposed 6,000-MW Myitsone hydroelectric project in Myanmar

According to a presidential order issued Aug. 12 by the Myanmar government, a commission will form to examine the 6,000-MW Myitsone hydropower project proposed for Kachin, Mynamar. Locally published reports indicate when complete, Yunnan China would receive much of the energy from the facility under the project’s original agreement. The order for the commission was signed by […]

Shell to Start Oil Exploration This Month

The government had earlier invited tenders from international companies for onshore and offshore exploration of oil and gas and Shell won the rights for AD9 and AD11 offshore sites in Rakhine and the MD5 site in Tanintharyi. Shell will partner with Japan-based Mitsui Oil Exploration Co Ltd. The Japanese group will also own 10 percent […]

Myanmar govt, Facebook to purge hate speech accounts

The Myanmar government is set to work with Facebook to delete any accounts on the social network that post hate speech or incite personal attacks during the upcoming election, the President’s Office said. Zaw Htay, director of the President’s Office, told the Democratic Voice of Burma that the government has reviewed Facebook’s community standards, and […]