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Illegal charcoal trade threatens Myanmar’s remaining mangroves

Mangroves from Myanmar are illegally harvested and converted into charcoal that is sent to Thailand before it’s sold to China, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia by sea. The depletion of mangroves in southern Myanmar is impacting local fisheries near the island villages. The illegal charcoal trade persists due to a lack of law enforcement […]

New dawn for remote Andaman Sea island tourism

Few have heard of the Mergui Archipelago, and even fewer have managed to visit the 400km string of scattered islands in the Bay of Bengal’s Andaman Sea. Most of the 800 offshore islands are uninhabited, apart from a few seasonal settlements of the seafaring nomadic Moken, and some Burmese fishing villages The jungle-clad limestone and […]

Myanmar, Thailand negotiate to solve migrant labour issue

In an attempt to solve the growing problem of undocumented Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand who are returning to their homeland out of fear of a new labour decree, the two countries are negotiating on issuing official documents to workers, but the talks are still ongoing and incomplete, said Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and […]

Myanmar’s beach destinations to watch

Myanmar’s four key beach destinations – Ngapali, Kawthaung, Ngwe Saung and Chaungtha – are emerging as up-and-coming tropical getaway spots in Asia, each with its own distinct characteristics. According to C9 Hotelworks’ new Ngapali Beach Tourism Market Review, the impact of more airlift to Ngapali’s main gateway of Thandwe last year pushed growth up 28 […]

Myanmar Offshore Supply Base Debacle or Miracle in Waiting?

In a recent briefing regarding the development of an offshore supply base conducted by Asia Pacific Connex, there was much enthusiastic debate around the provision of this key infrastructure. Particular emphasis was placed on the need to improve local content in the Myanmar offshore gas developments and to create a framework to harness offshore development […]

Myeik merchants seek direct export access

Merchants in Myeik are seeking avenues to exporting goods directly to other countries rather than doing so via Thailand and Malaysia, sources say. “The Thai authorities and some merchants from the Ranong Port came last week and talked about accessing international markets through their port. But we need direct exports because the EU has sanctioned […]

Ranong well placed to be marine gateway for growing trade with Myanmar and other BIMSTEC markets, seminar hears

RANONG HAS the potential to be a gateway for trade with neighbouring countries, especially the BIMSTEC nations of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka, as the province has a deep-sea port to serve such commerce, provincial governor Suriyan Kanchanasilp said yesterday. Last year, Ranong recorded bilateral border trade with Myanmar worth Bt21 billion, […]