Visa on arrival for Indians visiting Myanmar

Indians wishing to travel to Myanmar will soon be able to do so without applying for a visa beforehand. Starting August 8, the Myanmar government is set to provide visa on arrival facility, suspending the special land entry permission which was formerly required for visitors entering the country via land routes. The Myanmar government decided […]

China to import cattle from Myanmar

The Myanmar government and the China’s Yunan province are planning to finalise an agreement to export cattle to meet rising demand in the Chinese market. China’s beef consumption is 8.4 million tonnes per year, according to Beijing. Beijing is expected to allow 14 beef-exporting countries into its domestic market. Myanmar is most likely to be […]

Upgrading Myanmar’s internet connection

In 2010, internet penetration in Myanmar was less than 0.3 per cent of the population, amounting to a mere 130,000 users. By 2016 this figure had risen 100 times to 13 million citizens online, and this number continues to grow. A World Bank-funded telecom reforms program led to the arrival of two private operators in […]

Myanmar’s ‘semi-isolation’ shows danger of rejecting multilateralism, minister says

TOKYO — The world must not lose sight of the economic benefits, peace and security deriving from multilateralism, a senior Myanmar government official told a conference here on Tuesday, pointing to his country’s decades of being largely cut off from the international community. “Myanmar is well placed to remind the international community that they should […]

North Korean Restaurant in Yangon Ordered to Close its Doors

The government ordered a restaurant belonging to the North Korean Embassy in Yangon be shut down recently following a request from the US for Myanmar to respect a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution on sanctions against North Korea. Aryani Manring, who is assistant public affairs spokesperson for the US Embassy, told The Irrawaddy that […]

Brokers’ Call: Yoma Strategic Holdings

Despite some disappointment on Myanmar’s economic growth, we believe Yoma remains the best proxy of a potential economic turnaround in Myanmar with the new government in place. With its diversified portfolio in property, consumer and automotive sectors, Yoma is well placed to tap into the growth. Potential catalysts include recovery in Myanmar’s property market and […]

China’s $7.5 Billion Myanmar Port ‘Crazy,’ Suu Kyi Adviser Says

The $7.5 billion price tag for a Chinese-built deep-sea port in the Myanmar town of Kyaukpyu was “crazy” and “absurd,” according to a key adviser to Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi. China’s CITIC Group, which won a tender to build the port three years ago, has valued the port and an accompanying special economic […]

Myanmar strikes again at Bawdwin base metals play

ASX-listed Myanmar Metals has announced further spectacular silver and base metal drilling results for its world-class Bawdwin polymetallic deposit in central Myanmar. Results include 23 metres grading 17.3% lead, 9.5% zinc, 1.2% copper and 398g/t silver from 170m down-hole and 31m @ 7.5% lead, 1.9% zinc and 88g/t silver from 62m down-hole. The intercepts are […]

Are tropical islands in Myanmar Asia’s last untouched paradise?

Lack of infrastructure has protected the Myeik Archipelago in the Andaman Sea from the ravages of tourism, but for how much longer? Picture 800 or so islands surrounded by beaches of white sand and backed by lush green forest, rising out of a translucent, turquoise sea on which fishing boats and a handful of yachts […]

Is Hong Kong ready for return of domestic helpers from Myanmar?

More than three years after Myanmar stopped its citizens from working as domestic helpers in Hong Kong, a local lawmaker is paving the way for their return – but this time as nursing carers looking after the city’s growing elderly population. The drive, initiated by Liberal Party lawmaker Felix Chung Kwok-pan, is seen as the […]