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Govt counting on Asian travellers to boost tourism

Myanmar’s tourism sector has borne the brunt of the Rakhine refugee crisis, with growth in tourist arrivals dropping to 1 percent in 2018 compared with 7.1pc in 2017, according to the World Bank. The number of western tourist arrivals fell the most, more than offsetting arrivals from Asia. The numbers reflect reports of booking and […]

India hands over 50 housing units in Rakhine province to Myanmar

India has handed over 50 housing units in the Rakhine province to Myanmar on Tuesday during President Ram Nath Kovind’s maiden visit to the country. The housing units are part of a bigger developmental project, within which India is building 250 houses in Myanmar’s Rakhine province. Coinciding with President Kovind’s visit, Myanmar has also announced […]

Protests and demonstrations a key concern for extractive companies

Protests and demonstrations pose a serious security threat to the oil and gas industry as well as mining sector in Myanmar, a recent poll among industry players showed. Yangon-based Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) organised workshops aiming to raise awareness of the relevance of Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR) for Myanmar’s […]

Myanmar’s economy depends on Rakhines stability: trade body

Despite rich resources and good geographical location, Rakhine State has many challenges to overcome if it is to attract foreign investments, people in the business community say. “Foreign investments have slowed due to conflict in the state. The economy of Rakhine needs to be promoted first and only when it is conducive, will problems such […]

Myanmar, S.Korean company launch solar power plant in Rakhine state

A stake driving ceremony has been held in Manaung township, Myanmar’s Rakhine stake to build a solar power plant which can supply 24-hour electricity to more than 1,000 households, Myanmar News Agency reported Sunday. The first-phase project was launched on Saturday by the Ministry of Electricity and Energy, Rakhine state government and the POSCO Daewoo […]

China port pact in focus as President visits Myanmar

President Ram Nath Kovind’s first visit to Myanmar starting on Monday will be an occasion to build upon the strong bilateral relationship with India’s biggest link with the Asean region. However, with Myanmar signing the Kyaukpyu port project with China in November, officials in India are concerned that this port could become a greater security […]

Watch out for Kyaukpyu port and China-Myanmar Economic Corridor

The port will give China access to the Bay of Bengal and cut short almost 5,000 km of sea route. Last year on 19 November, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that during his meeting with the State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi in Nay Pyi Taw, Foreign Minister Wang Yi proposed […]

What to expect from Myanmar’s top five export sectors

Even though Myanmar managed to bring down its trade deficit by US$500 million to $1.3 billion during the period between April 1 and September 30 from the same period last year, the volatile exchange rate and rising oil prices may well continue to drive up import costs in the coming months. U Yan Naing Tun, […]

Framework for Kyaukphyu Port to be signed next week

The Myanmar government and China-based CITIC Group will sign a framework agreement for the construction of the Kyaukphyu Deep Sea Port project in Rakhine State next week, said U Aung Htoo, deputy minister of commerce. “It was agreed that for the first phase, the deep sea port will be implemented with US$1.3 billion (K2.4 trillion) […]

India, Myanmar sign MoU towards Sittwe Port operationalisation

NEW DELHI: India and Myanmar signed an important MoU on Monday for the appointment of a private Port Operator for the Operation and Maintenance of Sittwe Port, Paletwa Inland Water Terminal and associated facilities included in the Kaladan Multi Model Transit Transport Project in implementation of India’s Act East Policy. Following this MoU the process […]