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MoU for Dala Industrial Development Project Signed

The Yangon regional government and South Korea-based Myanmar Company Wooree signed a memorandum of understanding for the Dala Industrial Development Project on Saturday, a project to be implemented on the west bank of Yangon River near the ongoing Yangon-Dala bridge project in one of Yangon’s undeveloped townships according to the Yangon regional government. The Yangon […]

China Beating Japan in War for Economic Influence in Myanmar

While the Japanese foreign minister and State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi discussed Rakhine’s development in Naypyitaw last week, a Chinese Communist Party provincial secretary met the vice president to discuss increasing investment in agriculture, transport and technology cooperation. It is not the first time China and Japan have been seen directly competing on […]

Myanmar risks falling into a China debt trap

To understand China’s top priority in Myanmar, forget Beijing’s involvement in the country’s sputtering peace process, or efforts to restart its backed but now suspended US$3.9 billion Myitsone hydroelectric dam, or even securing rights to extract copper at the locally resisted Letpadaung mine outside of Mandalay. Those are all subordinate interests to what China really […]

Myanmar’s Preservation Man Pursues Dream Museum

YANGON — Khin Shwe does not like to be called a “crony” — the label used to describe the wealthy Myanmar businessmen who enjoyed close relations with the previous military regime of Senior Gen. Than Shwe (1992-2011). “Now, all the Myanmar people think cronies are no good, and even the government doesn’t want to work […]

Beyond China: Nation must diversify FDI

While for a long time the world has been focussed on political reforms in Myanmar during its transition from military rule to a democracy, the country has also witnessed a significant economic transformation. The most obvious sign of this is the sudden jump in foreign direct investment (FDI), from US$4 billion (K5.46 trillion) in 2013-14 […]

Myanmar Economy Needs ‘Predictable Policy,’ New Reform Leader Urges

NAYPYITAW — “Winston” Set Aung, Myanmar’s newly-appointed deputy minister for national planning and finance, has urged fellow government leaders to pursue further regulatory and policy reforms for the economic development of Myanmar during a panel session at the Myanmar Democratic Transition Forum. “It is required to establish predictable and stable policy with clear and simple […]

Suu Kyi’s dilemma over Myanmar energy mix

YANGON — When Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy was swept into power in 2015, economic development was a key priority and the fledgling government’s social and environmental stance seemed tailor-made for foreign investors. But few foresaw the complexity of adhering to core environmental principles while also dragging a long-neglected economy into the […]

Suu Kyi Government Brings Back Myanmar’s ‘Mr. SEZ’

YANGON — Myanmar’s government has brought a key architect of the previous administration’s economic policy back into the fold, aiming to bolster confidence in the business community. President Htin Kyaw’s office on Monday announced the appointment of Set Aung, until recently the deputy governor of the central bank, as deputy minister for national planning and […]

Minimum wage war in Myanmar

Factory owners are under pressure to raise worker wages but any dramatic rise could discourage foreign brands from investing in the low-cost nation When Myanmar passed its first minimum wage in September 2015, the legislation was widely hailed as a landmark achievement for labor rights and clear sign the country was firmly on the path […]

New Myanmar oil pipeline bolsters China’s energy security

The opening of an oil pipeline through Myanmar is a big step forward for China’s energy security, reducing the major importer’s reliance on shipments through waters where the U.S. exerts strong influence. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Htin Kyaw, his counterpart from Myanmar, agreed Monday to activate an oil pipeline stretching roughly 770km from Kyaukpyu, […]