Connectivity with Myanmar — the wait gets longer

Building a project in Myanmar was and is difficult. But, is it so difficult that the connectivity proposals mooted by Delhi early in the last decade will remain a dream or at best half complete? Exactly the same happened to proposals to connect the north-eastern States and ASEAN through Myanmar. The trilateral India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) highway […]

France’s Havas to Acquire Riverorchid Agency

France-based Havas has announced its planned acquisition of Riverorchid, a communications agency with operations in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. This move will see Havas having operations in nine out of ten Southeast Asian economies. Riverorchid brings a team of approximately 250 people offering solutions including advertising, media, PR, research and digital. “Acquiring Riverorchid […]

Japan’s JFE Engineering targets Yangon’s water quality woes

TOKYO — JFE Engineering will build a water treatment demonstration plant outside Yangon, looking to supply bottled water to Myanmar’s largest city, which is plagued with water quality problems. The unit of Japan’s JFE Holdings will break ground this month on the facility, to cost 40 million yen ($331,072). It will come online in early […]

Myanmar’s rice volatility keeps many farmers poor: World Bank

Myanmar’s rice volatility is the highest among net rice exporting countries in Asia, preventing rice farmers from earning high profits and keeping many families at or close to the poverty line, according to the World Bank. The World Bank’s research team focused their study on Manawthukha and Pawsan rice varieties locally consumed from 2004-2013 in […]

Myanmar ranks 41 in natural gas reserves

Myanmar ranks 41 internationally in volume of natural gas reserves, according to a research paper by the Myanmar Development Resource Institute and the Asia Foundation. The paper quoted a report on energy sector from the Asian Development Bank that says the country has about 20 trillion cubic feet of untapped natural gas reserves. The report […]

Israel aims to make its mark in Myanmar

Since the recent opening up of the country, Myanmar has been receiving tremendous interest from investors, conglomerates and countries around the world who are vying for a piece of the last frontier in Asia. The US and EU governments have been making attempts aggressively to normalize their relations with the former pariah nation by lifting […]

Thai private sector should invest in rice business in Myanmar

Thailand’s Kasikorn Research Center (KRC) said the Thai private sector should invest in rice businesses in Myanmar after the country has sped up intensive rice production both in terms of quantity and quality. Myanmar has conducted research and development on rice breeds, agricultural technology and irrigation systems, prompting the country to have continued growth of […]