Japanese sake brewers seek direct deals in Myanmar

A group of Japanese sake manufacturers recently promoted their country’s famous rice wine in Myanmar, introducing different flavours of the alcoholic beverage. About 10 manufacturers exhibited a total of 26 sake brands during the two-day sake promotion event in late February at Chatrium Hotel in Myanmar’s commercial city Yangon. The direct marketing campaign was organised […]

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 […]

Myanmar to regulate ride-hailing companies

The Myanmar government is looking at coming out with regulations to govern the technology-based ride-hailing app space, seeking to provide a level playing field to the operators, according to DealstreetAsia. The report quoted Nilar Kyaw, Minister of Electricity, Industry, Transport & Communication saying at the regional Parliament earlier this month that the Road Transport Administration […]

Myanmar State Counsellor opens meet on improving basic education

As part of the Myanmar government’s effort to improve basic education, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi opened a three-day conference Friday to review the experiences of implementing reforms to basic education over the current academic year. The Conference, hosted by the Ministry of Education in Nay Pyi Taw, brings together key education stakeholders from […]

Inside myanmar’s incendiary and illegal charcoal trade

A year-long investigation into the multi-million-dollar charcoal market and how it moves from the villages of Myanmar into Chinese smelters. A trader turns off his truck’s engine at yet another checkpoint and, again, the soldiers ask him for cash. His truck is filled with charcoal from Myanmar, destined for factories in China’s mountainous southwest province […]

Myanmar to Get Better Profit-Sharing Deal in Rakhine Port Project

Myanmar is set to receive a greater amount of the profit-sharing in a $7.2 billion deep-sea port development project in the town of Kyaukphyu in western Rakhine state, though negotiations with the main Chinese investor are ongoing, a commerce ministry official said Monday. A consortium led by CITIC Group Corporation Ltd., China’s state-owned investment company, […]

ICBC to become major BRI financier in Myanmar

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) will position itself as the main financial services provider for all projects under China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Hong Laing, Chinese ambassador to Myanmar, said at the two-year anniversary ceremony of ICBC Yangon on October 21. The BRI is a huge project backed by the […]

Burning down the house: Myanmar’s destructive charcoal trade

A nearly year-long investigation by Mongabay led to a multi-part reporting project into the illegal production and trade of charcoal in Myanmar. One route for charcoal sales from Myanmar to China documented by Mongabay could generate as much as $10 million a year in payoffs alone to Burmese government officials. The cheap energy source is […]

Myanmar Tourism Marketing Announces Nearly 400 Balloons Will Be Launched During Myanmar’s Balloon Festival Starting 29 October

YANGON, Myanmar, October 24, 2017 (PRESS RELEASE JET) – Up in the mountains of Shan state, in the east of Myanmar is getting ready for a spectacular balloon festival. It will be held between 29 October and 3 November 2017. The event will see the launch of 393 traditional made paper balloons. In a remote […]

Myanmar pursues EU-led forest protection agreement

The Myanmar government has recently taken another step to join a EU-led agreement to combat illegal logging and forest management. The measure will help ease timber exports to the European market. According to Myanmar Times, various stakeholders, from all states and regions, have established an executive committee that will negotiate to be part of the […]