Bangladesh losing its geo-economic importance to Myanmar

The Rohingya refugee crisis has exposed Bangladesh’s diplomatic weaknesses. No permanent member of the United Nations Security Council has strongly backed Dhaka to solve the refugee problem. China rendered its support to Myanmar at the UN so that the country does not face any immediate threat such as sanction. The United States’ intention to solve […]

China-India rivalry warms up in South Asia

For all the bilateral co-operation and warmth within the BRICS and other institutions, the intense China versus India rivalry remains as competitive as ever in South Asia. Being the stronger and more developed country, China generally takes the initiative in the race for regional supremacy and sets the pace. Its latest move, an offer for […]

Nagaland Declaration’ released at NE Connectivity Summit

DIMAPUR, Sept 24 – Following wide-ranging discussions during the two-day 4th North East Connectivity Summit in Kohima, Deputy Secretary General, FICCI, Arun Chawla released the ‘Nagaland Declaration’ for connectivity-led development of the North East region.As per the declaration, the Summit, which concluded last night, felt the need to create a North East Implementation Agency to […]

Property taxes worth less than a cup of tea

Bi-annual property taxes paid by many urban residents in Myanmar are merely worth the price of two cups of tea, according to an August study conducted by Yangon-based Renaissance Institute, which is funded by the UK, Australia and Switzerland with support from The Asia Foundation. In Yangon, the amount collected over the same period is […]

Ooredoo Myanmar CEO quits after two years

Rene Meza has resigned as CEO of Ooredoo Myanmar after just two years in the post. Ooredoo has appointed COO Vikram Sinha as acting CEO until it finds a permanent replacement. Meza joined Ooredoo to run its Myanmar operation in August 2015, when he replaced Ross Cormack, who won the race to start services after […]

Myanmar’s startups map past, shape future with virtual reality

YANGON – Gasps echo across the hall as the Myanmar school kids trial virtual reality goggles, marveling at a device that allows some of Asia’s poorest people to walk on the moon or dive beneath the waves. “In Myanmar we can’t afford much to bring students to the real world experience,” beamed Hla Hla Win, […]

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’s Infrastructure Deficit Outpaces the World

SYDNEY — A wide-ranging assessment of Myanmar’s infrastructure deficit and its ability to start closing the gap has found that the country is likely to meet only half of those investment needs by 2040, dampening hopes that it can lift the estimated 54 million population out of poverty by then. Of the 50 nations surveyed […]

Traders seek to recoup losses on K5 billion in seized rice

About 50 rice traders from Mandalay Region and Katha, Banmauk, Htigyaing and Kawlin townships in Sagaing Region said their partner’s detention for the past two months has hurt their business. Their meeting at the Banmauk rice traders association office on Wednesday was attended by National League for Democracy MPs from Banmauk. U Aung Thein, who […]

Video Streaming Key in Fight for Myanmar Mobile Subscribers

YANGON — With faster mobile connections in place and smartphone use on the rise, discount data plans on video services have become a key strategy for Myanmar’s mobile carriers in their fight to attract new subscribers. In June, Myanma Posts and Telecommunications, the country’s biggest carrier, started to offer discounted data plans to view YouTube content and local […]