Myanmar’s New Economic Zone Attracts Foreign Interest But Local Ire

YANGON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Looking north from Myint Win’s farm, across rice paddies and past bamboo huts, a massive new industrial development on the outskirts of Myanmar’s biggest city gleams in the distance. The buildings sprang up during the first phase of developing the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ), a 6,200 acre (2,500-hectare) industrial […]

US$ 258 million in Japanese investments made into Thilawa Special Economic Zone

JAPANESE companies have invested over US$ 258 million in 25 enterprises operating out of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone beginning from November of the 2014-201 FY to July 2016, according to Directorate of Investment and Company Administration. The total invested amount in the Thilawa (SEZ) is currently US$830 million from 14 foreign countries. Singapore tops […]

Singapore is leading investor in Myanmar’s Thilawa economic zone

YANGON – Singapore is the top investor so far in a huge industrial zone on the outskirts of Yangon, the Eleven Media Group reported, citing the country’s Directorate of Investment and Company Administration. Housing everything from children’s toy manufacturing to a car assembly plant and a deep sea port, the US$1.5 billion (S$2 billion) Thilawa […]

Local, fair-trade coffee in Yangon? That’s Genius

Rubber, rice, fisheries, beans and pulses – the list of primary products Myanmar exports is well enough known. And then Ko Ngwe Tun thought: Why not coffee? Ko Ngwe Tun is familiar with his country’s geography. He knew where to find the right climate and the rich soil needed to grow the best coffee trees. […]