Far from a ‘debt trap’, China’s belt and road allows countries like Myanmar to leapfrog poverty

Andre Wheeler says Western critics overlook the holistic and long-term benefits that China’s multilateral infrastructure investment programme brings to countries like Myanmar. What’s more, they aren’t offering any alternatives A plethora of articles have discussed the risks associated with China’s Belt and Road Initiative. The discussion is often portrayed within a “winners versus losers” framework, […]

Can Myanmar support 5 mobile players?

In the four years since the Myanmar government opened up the mobile industry to outside competition, the nation has experienced an economic revival across many sectors driven, in part, by its vastly improved communications network. Mobile penetration (based on unique users) jumped from 12 per cent in the middle of 2014 (about the same level […]

Vietnam’s Viettel announces business strategy for Myanmar operations

Vietnam’s Viettel Group unveiled on Monday the business strategy for Mytel, its Myanmar-based telecom company, which will begin operations this Saturday, June 9. Mytel will focus on the data segment and new digital services, with D-A-T-A being its motto. “[This] stands for D-igital & new services, A-dvanced technology, T-rustworthy, A-ffordable & various services,” the company […]

Want to Buy North Korean Hotels and Airlines? Look to Myanmar

As the world waits to see if U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un actually meet, investors hoping to profit from peace on the Korean peninsula could learn lessons from Myanmar. The Southeast Asian nation became a significant drawcard for foreign investors when it began reforming its economy in 2011 after decades […]

The Politics Of Myanmar’s Changing Tea Culture

Pulling low wooden stools out from under a short square table, a group of longyi-clad men sits down at an open-air tea shop in downtown Yangon, Myanmar. One man makes a kiss-kiss noise and calls out an order to the young waiter. Moments later, porcelain teacups filled with steaming laphet yay — sweet Burmese tea carefully mixed with black […]

What is the Future of the Media in Myanmar?

The media – once termed the “Fourth Estate” in society by British parliamentarian and philosopher Edmund Burke – plays a vital role in shaping democracy and open public discourse. Its role is particularly important in new democracies, as societies develop both economically and politically, with the people given the opportunity to think critically and vote […]

US has opportunity to solve Myanmar’s energy dilemma

Unable to meet soaring domestic demand for energy, Myanmar’s government is said to have entered preliminary discussions over a deal to buy electricity from China. At the beginning of this month, sources close to the talks told Reuters that three state-owned Chinese companies had submitted proposals outlining how they could help Myanmar fill its widening […]

Myanmar has maintained military ties with North Korea, US officials claim

Myanmar’s military was believed in the past to have imported North Korean-made weapons and North Korean personnel also worked in Myanmar Myanmar’s military has maintained ties with North Korea, even though the civilian-led government denies any cooperation, and the Trump administration is pressing for a complete break-off of remaining links, current and former US officials […]

Myanmar Insists no North Korea Links as U.S. Envoy Visits

Myanmar has no military ties with North Korea, a Myanmar official said on Monday, as a U.S. diplomat responsible for North Korea arrived for talks in which he was likely to seek assurances on efforts to isolate it.Ambassador Joseph Yun met Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the military’s commander in chief in […]

ASEAN Summit: Assertive China flexes its muscles as Trump gives conflicting signals

Bangkok (ANN News Desk) – Obama’s pivot to Asia is dead. Despite the Trump administration’s confrontation with North Korea dominating headlines for the past several weeks, in the back channels of a major regional summit, diplomats all whispered the same thing, the pivot was over. If anything, Trump’s obsession with North Korea and the administration […]