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Myanmar’s first dry port opens for business

KM Terminal & Logistics Ltd (KM) and Resource Group (RG) officially opened two separate dry port projects in Ywar Thar Gyi, Yangon yesterday. A dry port is an inland intermodal terminal directly connected by road or rail. Freight trains will run from Ywar Thargyi to a second dry port in Myit Nge, Mandalay, which KM […]

Myanmar Vows to Improve Company Registry, Cut Red Tape

Myanmar plans to launch an electronic company-registry system this year and boost its efforts to reduce red tape for businesses after it amended its Companies Act last month to attract foreign investment. “Within six to seven months, Myanmar will establish an electronic company-registry system similar to what we have seen in Hong Kong,” Robert San […]

Experts Divided Over Ramifications of Belt and Road Courts on Myanmar

“This is bad news for Myanmar. It will undermine Myanmar’s sovereignty and empower multinational corporations,” said Dr Charlie Thame from Thammasat University. CRITICS questioned Beijing’s decision to set up three commercial courts in China to resolve Belt and Road-related project disputes, arguing that legal disagreements involving transnational investors should be settled in host states or […]

Golden Myanmar Business Exchange Plans $5 Million Data Center

GMBX, which bills itself as Myanmar’s only provider of wholesale infrastructure-as-a-service based on OpenStack, is a joint venture between Yangon-based Golden TMH Telecom Co Ltd (GTMH) and Golden 11 Investment International. The company already operates a data center in East Dagon with a current capacity of 100 racks, which could be expanded to about 400 racks, according to Kyaw Naing, […]

The ‘Belt and Road’ Projects China Doesn’t Want Anyone Talking About

Kunming, Yunnan’s provincial capital, occupies a key place in China’s economic diplomacy efforts as the terminus of oil and gas pipelines from the Bay of Bengal and the starting point of a planned railway network winding through Indo-China to Singapore. But the provincial authorities have obscured the location of a brand new, 29.2 billion yuan […]

Investor-Friendly Environment and Human Capital Essential for Myanmar’s Success in the Belt and Road Initiative

The Belt and Road Initiative: interview with Jonathan Woetzel, McKinsey senior partner and MGI director Jonathan Woetzel, senior partner of McKinsey & Company and director of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), told The Myanmar Times that success of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Myanmar would depend on the country creating an investor-friendly environment […]

Yangon takes legal action against nearly 30,000 vehicles

The Yangon region government took legal action against nearly 30,000 vehicles which are parked on public roads for long periods, it is learnt. As the number of cars in Yangon increased and parking became scarce, there were many quarrels over parking. Some companies and shops are taking up many of the parking spots on public […]

Split visions of Dawei’s future as Thailand, Myanmar restart special economic zone project

The governments of Thailand and Myanmar are set to restart the development of the Dawei deep-sea port and special economic zone, after both countries set up a joint coordinating committee to work out investment details of the project. In 2008, both countries signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a massive land area of 200 […]

Dawei port grows busier

The number of cargo ships arriving at and leaving Dawei port in Taninthayi Region has significantly increased this year compared to the same period last year. From January to April last year, 107 ships entered and exited the port trading 56,693 tonnes of goods. However, in the same period of this year, there were 111 […]

China-Myanmar Oil Pipeline Opens Enhancing Tie

BEIJING: Crude oil began flowing from Myanmar to China over a 1,420 km long pipeline putting the relationship between the two countries on better footing. The oil reached Ruili, a border city of in China’s Yunnan Province at 4 p.m. on Friday according to the state owned China National Petroleum Corporation, which built the pipeline. Oil will flow through the pipe at a speed of […]