Bangladesh losing its geo-economic importance to Myanmar

The Rohingya refugee crisis has exposed Bangladesh’s diplomatic weaknesses. No permanent member of the United Nations Security Council has strongly backed Dhaka to solve the refugee problem. China rendered its support to Myanmar at the UN so that the country does not face any immediate threat such as sanction. The United States’ intention to solve […]

Frustration mounts as Kyaukphyu port negotiations stall

Kyaukphyu’s Chinese investors have hit back at criticisms over their majority stake in a proposed deep-sea port in Rakhine. They emphasised that it was the Myanmar government who drew up the shareholder structure and that the ball is in Nay Pyi Taw’s court to break the inertia and move the negotiations forward. Kyaukphyu is the […]

ASEAN’s largest packaging firm to start Thilawa operations next year

Kian Joo Group, the largest packaging business in ASEAN, is investing in a packaging plant in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ). Construction of the plant is expected to be complete by the first quarter of next year. Malaysia-based Kian Joo is one of the biggest can manufacturers within ASEAN, manufacturing a wide range of […]

Myanmar’s bargaining power rises along the Belt and Road

AS Hong Kong’s second Belt and Road Summit started today in the city The Myanmar Times asked two experts from The Economist Intelligence Unit and Lau China Institute at King’s College, London for their input regarding the dynamics of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and China in relation to Myanmar and ASEAN. Much of […]

China ups its game in Myanmar’s SEZ race

CHINESE investors have expressed an interest in investing and developing the area across Yangon River and to construct an international airport, a port and housing projects, according to a local Chinese business association. The proposed locality and projects overlap with the prospective South Korea-led special economic zone. Members of the Yangon-headquartered Myanmar Chinese Chamber of […]

Myanmar moves forward

The government of Myanmar is about to take dramatic steps to spur economic development and improve government efficiency. Several significant cabinet changes are in the pipeline, detailed economic strategies are being finalised and a shake-up in the bureaucracy is already under way. These planned changes in ministerial personnel are aimed at strengthening the government’s leadership […]

Japan Investments Expected to Rise

Japan is one of the biggest contributors to Myanmar and provides humanitarian support, loans at low interest rates, technological support and investments in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ). Investment from Japanese companies went up after 2011 and has increased further since the democratic government took administration. The following is an interview with Mr. Hiro […]

The insurance queue just got longer

Myanmar has a historic connection with the insurance industry. Almost 80 insurance companies operated in the market from the mid-19th century till the mid-20th century, and a large number of them were foreign companies. But things changed in the 1960s when the industry was taken over by the government and all foreign insurers in the […]

Fujifilm Invests in Thilawa to Facilitate Import, Distribution and Sales

Japan-based Fujifilm Holdings Corporation is open for business in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ). The Tokyo-headquartered photography and imaging company first created its subsidiary, Fujifilm Myanmar Investment Limited, as an import and wholesale company in Thilawa SEZ last August. According to Kenji Sukeno, president of Fujifilm Holdings, that subsidiary will now focus on the […]

Garment manufacturing: How to navigate Myanmar’s ethical maze

As it undergoes profound and rapid change, Myanmar is today emerging as one of Asia’s most sought-after hubs for fashion sourcing. The country’s opening-up to the global economy has come after decades of military rule, during which a long period of isolation and internal conflict was followed by an era of gradual disengagement from politics […]