Unregulated and untaxed: Casino on Thai border Thrives

When we arrive at the Border Guard Force checkpoint, security guards look us up and down, then ask if we are coming to the casino. It’s 8pm. We nod and are allowed in. The 24-hour 999 casino is located on the bank of Kayin State’s Thaung Yin river that separates Myanmar and Thailand, dividing Myawaddy […]

Thailand’s Transport Co Eyes Myanmar Link

Transport Co, the state-owned public interprovincial bus service provider, plans to expand its routes to link Myanmar and India. Managing director Jirasak Yaowatchasakul said the plan was part of the company’s bid to expand to Asean, especially Myanmar, where tourism was booming, according to a Manager Online report. The planned route will link Thailand with […]

Myanmar workers in Thailand victims of a broken system

MYAWADDY, Myanmar: With only meagre belongings stuffed into backpacks and duffel bags, tens of thousands of Myanmar migrants have streamed home across the Thai border over the past two weeks. But it is not a joyous homecoming for the truckloads of men and women, who fled Thailand in fear of a new law that hardens […]

Myanmar Opening Airwaves to More Voices with New Channels

YANGON — Myanmar is bringing the tide of democratization to its airwaves, adding new free-to-air channels and opening the country to more news and entertainment choices. Starting as early as next year, five new digital channels will broadcast free-to-air programs by using the facilities belonging to state-owned broadcaster Myanmar Radio and Television, or MRTV. The channels’ “content […]

Border Trade: MACCS to be Launched in March

​​ The Myanmar Automated Cargo Clearance System (MACCS) meeting was held at the Union of Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) on March 7, is planned launch later this month according to Win Thant, the Director of Customs Department. To facilitate trade, MACCS was launched at international ports, Yangon Airport International Cargo Terminal and […]

Thai Border Trade Tops $1.1b

​​ Cross-border trade with Thailand exceeded US$1.13 billion this financial year until February 17, according to the Ministry of Commerce. Myanmar imported more than US$870 million worth of goods from Thailand and exported just US$250 million, it said. Myanmar trades with Thailand mainly through the Tarchilek border in Shan State, Myawaddy in Kayin State and others in Tanintharyi Region and […]

Govt mulls B4.5bn loan for Myanmar

Thailand is considering granting a 4.5-billion-baht loan to Myanmar to fund an infrastructure development project including the planned construction of a 132-km long road to stretch from the Thai-Myanmar border in Kanchanaburi to the Dawei special economic zone in the neighbouring country. Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith revealed this on Tuesday, saying the loan request was […]

MoUs Inked to Step up Thailand-Myanmar Cross-Border Trade

​​ Business communities and the governments of Thailand and Myanmar have agreed on bolstering cross-border trade by improving existing channels and developing new routes, and with an emphasis on the exchange of data and a new cross-border SEZ. The Thai delegation, led by Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, met with State Counsellor Daw Aung […]

Myanmar-Thailand to solve East-West Economic Corridor connectivity bottlenecks

Myanmar has accepted Thailand’s 1.8-billion-baht project to improve its Thaton-Ein Du highway, a section of the East-West Economic Corridor, and asked the latter to improve other roads along the corridor. The move is in line with the Thai cabinet’s approval on Tuesday for the Highways Department to conduct the task, and both countries would form […]

Thai delegation visits Myanmar

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak is scheduled to lead a Thai delegation to Myanmar on Feb 2-3, seeking to expand bilateral trade and investment as well as border trade. Isara Vongkusolkit, chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, said the delegation will include 40 representatives who will meet Myanmar businesspeople to discuss possible partnership on […]