Myanmar Awaits Indian Response on Bean Deal

​​ The fate of a nearly million-tonne bean deal remains uncertain as the Myanmar government awaits a response from India to its proposal to sell the beans at the current market price. The Indian government said it wanted to pay a much lower price. The deal concerns the India government’s offer to buy 900,000 tonnes […]

Australia Wants AIIB to Invest in Coal Power

​​ Australia is reportedly lobbying hard for the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to invest in coal power projects in Asian countries. The newly-established development bank is currently drafting its energy strategy and the prospect that coal could be excluded from its priorities has alarmed both the Australian government and the country’s powerful coal […]

Axiata Unit to Raise Stake in Myanmar Tower Operations

KUALA LUMPUR (NewsRise) – Axiata Group, Malaysia’s biggest telecom operator by revenue, said its infrastructure unit is buying an additional 12.5% stake in a telecom tower company in Myanmar for $35 million. The deal, which involves purchase of 250,000 shares under a put and call option agreement with YSH Finance, will raise edotco Group’s stake in […]

China-led AIIB approves $320 mln in loans to Pakistan, Myanmar power projects

The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) approved loans totalling $320 million to energy projects aiming to ease severe power shortages in Myanmar and Pakistan, the bank said on Thursday. A $300-million loan will fund expansion of a hydropower project in Pakistan, co-financed with the World Bank, and a loan of $20 million went to a power plant in Myanmar co-financed with other lenders, […]

Laos to share hydropower development expertise with Myanmar

VIENTIANE, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) — A hydro-electric-powered energy revolution has been afoot in South-East Asia over recent years with the movement of fresh and fast-flowing waters increasingly fueling the consumption of larger amounts of energy resources to spur socio-economic development, poverty reduction and improvements in both urban and rural areas. The region’s most diminutive nation […]

Maligned private Malaysian visa centre will not be terminated

One Stop Center (OSC), a Malaysian visa application service, will not be terminated unless the Malaysian government comes up with a better plan for handling illegal migrant workers, Malaysian ambassador to Myanmar Mohd Haniff Abd Rahman told The Myanmar Times on August 12. “The main reason is that security for our country is very important to us,” […]

Local firm plans Daewoo bus factory in Yangon

Myanmar Coach Centre, the local distributor for Daewoo buses, plans to build a factory in Yangon that could start producing coaches and city buses by 2018, its managing director said. The company, which sells minibuses and coaches for tours, imported 15 Daewoo city buses earlier this year for Yangon’s Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system, the […]

Telenor Group reports second quarter results, Myanmar growth

The Norway-based Telenor Group has reported positive second quarter results including continued growth in its mobile phone outreach in Myanmar, a country in the throws of a communication revolution after decades of military regime rule. Telenor and Ooredoo are the two main players competing in the largely virgin Myanmar market, helping everyone from farmers, to […]

Western Union launches outbound money transfer service in Myanmar

WESTERN UNION, a global payment services provider, has launched Myanmar’s first outbound money-transfer service, three years after launching inbound services. Patricia Riingen, the firm’s senior vice president for Southeast Asia and Oceania, said the target consumers would be people aged from 25 to 60 who are active on social media and have international exposure (either […]

Myanmar deal to expand Axiata’s tower business

JUST over two years after it failed in its bid to secure one of the two mobile operating licences up for grabs in Myanmar, Axiata Group Bhd has found another route to the region’s last underpenetrated telecommunications market that could help lift its earnings in the coming years. What’s more, Axiata’s entry into Myanmar — […]