Arroyo Toasts Leaders of Cambodia, Myanmar at Welcome Dinner in Clark

CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Pampanga — Former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo hosted on Saturday a welcome dinner for Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi here just before the three-day Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit. The leaders landed at the Clark International Airport early in […]

Yangon International Airport welcomes its fifth millionth passenger this year

Yangon International Airport (YIA), the largest and busiest airport in Myanmar, welcomed its fifth millionth passenger today. Mr Wong Foo Cheong, travelling on board Myanmar Airways International 8M-232 flight from Singapore arrived in YIA Terminal 1 at 3:15 pm and was warmly greeted by a welcoming party. He received 1 Million MMK in cash in […]

Daring to Drone in Myanmar

Last week, a group of journalists were sentenced to two months in prison for flying drones in Myanmar, posing questions over the legality and feasibility of unmanned aerial photography in the country. Like many legal matters in Myanmar, the situation is murky. Lawyers interviewed by local media weren’t initially sure what laws the group would […]

Myanmar rubber exports set to rise even as global prices take a beating

The price of rubber has fallen below its cost of production in major exporting countries. Yet, international demand for rubber produced in Myanmar has risen and insiders reckon things could remain upbeat for a while more. “Myanmar rubber production will certainly increase on the back of rising international consumption and demand,” U Myo Thant, vice-chair […]

China Faces Increasing Competition in Myanmar

Chinese domination of Myanmar can not be denied, as China is Myanmar’s top trading partner, and over the past three decades has also emerged as the single largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the southeast Asian state. Myanmar-China bilateral trade had already reached $5.5 billion in the first half of the present fiscal […]

Social Media Exhibits Its Disruptive Power in Myanmar

If the past two decades of foreign interventionism have taught us anything, it is that democracy cannot be imposed upon a nation unless it has the social, cultural, economic, and institutional architecture to enable it. The same should be said of democratic tools — including a free press, elections, and, of course, civic technologies. Facebook, […]

Dow to Apply Thai Experience in its Myanmar Operations

AS Dow Water & Process Solutions brings its international water treatment solutions to Myanmar, the firm plans to leverage its experience working with partners in Thailand over many years and apply it in the neighbouring country. Alan Chan, the firm’s commercial director for Asia Pacific, said in an interview that their experience in Thailand could […]

China says will keep talking to Myanmar over stalled dam scheme

BEIJING: China said on Wednesday it will continue to talk to Myanmar about a controversial stalled dam project, after Myanmar’s new energy minister cast doubt over the scheme. Valued at US$3.6 billion, the Myitsone dam project in the north of the former Burma has been a sticking point between the two countries since the previous […]

Big dams can wait, Myanmar overhauls energy strategy

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) – Big hydropower dams are not a priority in Myanmar’s strategy to tackle chronic power shortages, the country’s new energy minister said in an interview that cast doubt over a controversial China-backed project in the country’s north. Already the construction minister, Win Khaing has overhauled the poor Southeast Asian country’s power strategy since […]

Myanmar’s Garment Industry is on a Growth Path

Myanmar is starting to get more attention and investment in the garment manufacturing sector, despite some persistent political and labor strife. Myanmar SUMEC Win Win Garments Co., a unit of SUMEC Textile and Light Industry Co., has opened a new factory in Shwe Pyi Thar Industrial Zone in Yangon, according to Asian press reports. Speaking […]