Thailand’s Infrastructure Plans are Good for Trade with Myanmar

​​ Thailand revealed plans to invest in its infrastructure to boost trade with Myanmar. By committing to the initial investment, Thailand has started the process. Both parties must then work together to reap the benefits of the new infrastructure. Border trade makes up a reported 80% of trade between Myanmar and Thailand. It is essential […]

Dawei Torn Between Visions of Progress

Dusk had fallen when a huge crowd packed “We Love Dawei” festival at a garden in Dawei, the capital city of the Taninthary region, southern Myanmar. A variety of performances from local artists and their counterparts from neighbouring Thailand drew various groups of festival-goers. At the venue, a panel discussion on Dawei development also took […]

New SEZ at Dala Township on the Cards

A new Special Economic Zone (SEZ) will be established at Dala township in the Yangon Region after completion of the Yangon-Dala Bridge, said Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein at the Challenges for Business Enterprises in 2018 public talk at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry headquarters on Sunday. […]

Yoma Throws Weight Behind Office Space Demand and Urban Development

A great many metropolises in Asia are defined by their skyscrapers — one only has to think of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and Lord Norman Foster’s HSBC headquarters in Hong Kong. But while high-rise building lace the skylines of major Asian cities like Singapore, Jakarta and Bangkok, Yangon stands as an exception. Last month, […]

Construction of Dawei SEZ back on the cards

The government is exploring ways to restart development of the suspended Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ), saying the SEZ will benefit Myanmar as well as the region. The Dawei SEZ includes construction of the highway as well as a deep-sea port which will link Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in the ASEAN region to India, the […]

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 […]