Panasonic to expand smartphone business to Bangladesh, Myanmar

Panasonic will expand its smartphone business to Bangladesh and Myanmar in the next 3-4 months as the Japanese electronics major looks to cash in on the booming demand for mobility devices in the region. Panasonic will expand its smartphone business to Bangladesh and Myanmar in the next 3-4 months as the Japanese electronics major looks […]

From village to victim, Myanmar women fear foreign maid work ban puts them at risk

The ban on women going abroad to find such employment was initiated in September 2014, following a number of high profile cases of worker abuse. Biak and her older sister Van Hnem left to find work as maids in Singapore with few job opportunities in their remote village in Chin State, the poorest region of Myanmar where 73 per […]

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 […]

Fruit jam makers face challenges to grow exports

Jam is big business in the domestic market, but exporters are having trouble selling the fruit-based delicacy abroad. Though the product is popular in Bangladesh and India, the attitude of other potential customers can best be described as sticky. The industry has no trouble shipping jam out, though there are difficulties with importers, according to […]

Marrybrown scores a first in Myanmar

Malaysia-based quick service restaurant operator Marrybrown Sdn Bhd became one of the first international company to open an outlet in Myanmar, according to Malaysian media reports. The company’s business development manager Joshua Liew told The Star that Marrybrown wanted to take advantage of the country’s open-door policy by becoming the first Malaysian quick service restaurant […]