Create Jobs in Myanmar, Suu Kyi Tells Japan Inc.

TOKYO — Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi urged Japanese business leaders Friday to invest in the Southeast Asian nation in ways that will create jobs. Myanmar’s youth have few employment opportunities, making economic growth difficult, the state counselor said during a meeting in Tokyo with officials from groups such as the Japan Chamber of Commerce […]

Myanmar to ease restrictions on foreign investors

Reforms to Myanmar’s corporate law would allow foreigners to participate in the Yangon Stock Exchange. YANGON — Myanmar is determined to pass by the end of the year a series of bills designed to ease restrictions on foreign capital as the newly established civilian government steps up efforts to attract outside investment. The government had […]

Indian cold pills pour over remote border to fuel Myanmar narcotics boom

Five years ago, when cold pills first trickled across Myanmar’s untamed border with India, many local officials were baffled. Where was this medicine going, and why were smugglers so interested in it? Today, the cross-border trickle has become a torrent and everyone knows why the Indian-made pills are so valuable: they are bound for secret laboratories in […]

Burma Removes Hundreds of Names from Blacklist

RANGOON — The names of some 600 foreign and Burmese nationals were removed from Burma’s blacklist, the Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population told The Irrawaddy on Thursday. A move that was pledged by Union minister Thein Swe as part of his ministry’s 100-day plan, led to the removal of 607 names—more than 200 Burmese and 300 […]

Over-Extraction, Chinese Slowdown Blamed for Jade Price Slump ​​

RANGOON — With the government’s biannual gem emporium looming at the end of this month, prices for Burmese jade have continued to slide against weakening demand. Industry insiders have blamed an economic slowdown in China, over-extraction in jade mines, and market uncertainty linked to the transition of power to a democratically elected government in Burma. […]

China seeks ‘new chapter’ in first visit with Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

HONG KONG – China and Myanmar pledged to open a “new chapter” in their sometimes strained relationship, raising the prospect that stalled Chinese investment projects in the Southeastern Asian country could be allowed to resume. Aung San Suu Kyi, head of Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy and newly installed foreign minister, and her Chinese counterpart, […]

Thein Sein: the quiet junta insider who opened Myanmar to the world

When he became Myanmar’s leader five years ago Thein Sein was dismissed as a junta stooge – but as he prepares to hand power to Aung San Suu Kyi’s government, the taciturn ex-general can also claim credit for steering a peaceful political transition that has stunned the world. President Thein Sein, who spent almost half […]

Outgoing Government Gives Wharf Concession to Tycoon’s Shipping Firm

Burma’s Port Authority has awarded Kaung Myanmar Aung Shipping Co. Ltd. the right to develop a new area for cargo ships to dock on downtown Rangoon’s riverside, state media reports. The company is part of the sprawling KMA Group, which is headed by Burmese tycoon Khin Maung Aye, known to be close to outgoing President […]

Can Myanmar’s Natural Gas riches reel in serious investment?

After five decades of oil and gas exploration stagnation and mismanagement of natural resources under military rule, Myanmar (formerly Burma) in March elected its first non-military president since the 1962 coup, and if it all plays out right, it could open the floodgates for investment in this strategically vital oil and gas venue. On 15 […]

Can This Frontier Venue For NatGas Reel In Serious Investment?

After five decades of oil and gas exploration stagnation and mismanagement of natural resources under military rule, Myanmar (formerly Burma) in March elected its first non-military president since the 1962 coup, and if it all plays out right, it could open the floodgates for investment in this strategically vital oil and gas venue. On 15 […]