Myanmar sees boost in private investment in agriculture

Investment in agriculture by private companies is increasing in Myanmar, raising expectations that the modernization of the sector will progress at last. Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corp. (Mapco) has built a large rice mill in a bid to boost exports of rice, while Myanma Awba Group has launched a project to build an agricultural chemical factory. […]

Australia Wants AIIB to Invest in Coal Power

​​ Australia is reportedly lobbying hard for the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to invest in coal power projects in Asian countries. The newly-established development bank is currently drafting its energy strategy and the prospect that coal could be excluded from its priorities has alarmed both the Australian government and the country’s powerful coal […]

China Declines to React on Indo-Russian Gas Swap Proposal

​​ BEIJING: China today refused to comment on a proposal being pushed by India and Russia to swap natural gas between the countries, including Myanmar, saying it was not aware of the details and preferred to know the reactions of other parties involved. ONGC Videsh Ltd Managing Director Narendra K Verma said yesterday in New […]

Myanmar’s River Catfish to Penetrate Russia’s Market

Myanmar’s river catfish (Silonia children) will reportedly soon become available on the Russian market. Catfish is inexpensive and popular among low-income people in Myanmar. About 2,000 tonnes of sliced river catfish will be exported to Russia every month starting from March, 2017. However, exporters might be faced with difficulties in fulfilling the demand at the […]

Russia, Myanmar Launch Working Body for Nuclear Tech Cooperation

Russia and Myanmar this week established a working body for nuclear technology cooperation, according to officials. Little is known about the bilateral taskforce, including who is involved or even how many members are included. The two countries signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate in nuclear technology for peaceful purposes in June last year. According to […]

CMP garment industry eyes US, Canadian and Russian markets

Myanmar garment factories with Cutting-Making and Packing (CMP) systems plan to expand their markets to America, Canada and Russia, said an official from Myanmar Garments Entrepreneurs’ Association. Myanmar’s main markets currently are Japan, South Korea and the EU Myanmar is making a concerted effort to boost its export products focusing mainly on its garment and […]

Myanmar urged to address electricity loss

Myanmar’s electricity authorities need to pay more attention to transmission line maintenance to reduce frequent blackouts, experts said last week. “Technical losses need to be urgently addressed and 100-per- cent electrification is crucial to the nation’s growth,” said Andrew Lee, manager of General Electric Myanmar. Electricity would help Myanmar move forward, but frequent blackouts due […]

Russia and Myanmar to establish working body for nuclear technology

Russia and Myanmar will establish a working body this year for using nuclear technology, Russian officials said at an exhibition and forum in Moscow last week. The two countries signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in nuclear technology for peaceful purposes in June 2015. This was the first step to building a legal foundation […]

Targeted Myanmar tycoon may profit from US sanctions changes

YANGON, May 18 (Reuters) – Standing among the party seeing off Myanmar’s new president as he left for Russia on Wednesday was leading businessman Htun Myint Naing, better known as Steven Law. Only the day before, the United States had added six of his companies to the Treasury’s blacklist, a move that is unlikely to […]

Boldly going: the exotic ‘frontier’ markets that intrepid investors are tipping for take-off

It was 15 years ago that academics began to predict a shift in economic power from the old order of developed economies to the newly named “Bric” nations. Ever since, Brazil, Russia, India and China have been regarded as the coming powers, blessed with young populations, fast-urbanising societies and natural resources to fuel rapid growth. But the Bric […]