Myanmar scales back Chinese-backed port project over debt fears

Myanmar has scaled back plans for a Chinese-backed port on its western coast, sharply reducing the cost of the project after concerns it could leave the south-east Asian nation heavily indebted, a top government official and an adviser told Reuters. The Kyaukpyu port is a key part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road initiative, aimed […]

FDI could exceed MIC’s target in 2017-18, but still lower than previous years’

Between April 1 and July 11 of the current fiscal year, FDI into the country hit US$2.7 billion, almost half the MIC’s target. Meanwhile, a total of US$127 million in fresh funds was pumped into the Thilawa Speical Economic Zone, while US$221 million was injected into existing projects. That’s US$3.1 billion in total for the […]

World powers line up to woo new administration

This summer, the U.S. Treasury Department received a petition from the financial industry asking for the removal of Asia World Port Management from the department’s sanctions list for Myanmar. The company operates Myanmar’s largest port. The U.S. deems its parent company, Asia World, as one of Myanmar’s past military government cronies, and banned U.S. companies […]