Unregulated and untaxed: Casino on Thai border Thrives

When we arrive at the Border Guard Force checkpoint, security guards look us up and down, then ask if we are coming to the casino. It’s 8pm. We nod and are allowed in. The 24-hour 999 casino is located on the bank of Kayin State’s Thaung Yin river that separates Myanmar and Thailand, dividing Myawaddy […]

US$400 million Chinese investment proposed for 33 agricultural extension centers

Myanmar’s Agribusiness Public Corporation (MAPCO), the Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF) and the China CITIC Construction Group submitted a US$400 million proposal to Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) to construct the 33 agribusiness service centers in states and regions. “We will construct the 33 agribusiness service centers as soon as possible,” said Dr. Soe Tun, the MRF […]

Ruili – A Frontier Market Marked by Soft Power

In southwest China’s city of Ruili, the gateway to Myanmar, visitors are surprised by the simple and practical ease with which a seamless international border has been drawn — and managed. There is no pageantry here, no elaborate change of armed guards and no bugles. A simple but prominent yellow line divides Myanmar’s Mangxiu village […]

One Year on, First Poll Test Looms for Myanmar Government

YANGON — On April 1, Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy faces its first electoral test since taking power in Myanmar on the back of a landslide election win in 2015. The governing party will compete for a total of 2 million votes in all bar one of 19 by-election contests — seven […]

The Key to Jumpstarting Myanmar’s Economy: Electricity

It’s no secret that the National League for Democracy (NLD) faces myriad challenges in improving Myanmar’s socioeconomic situation. In fact, its biggest challenge might be deciding which issues to address first. Led by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the NLD has made the peace process, which is aimed at ending decades of strife between the […]

Myanmar’s Mining Reforms Stall, Hindering Foreign Investment

A new mining law that would clarify rules and ease restrictions for foreign investors looking to tap into the lucrative sector remains frozen in Myanmar’s legislature, said an official from the country’s Ministry of Mines. The law, which was proposed more than two years ago, is still being debated by Myanmar’s parliament said Win Htein, […]

Mining law remains frozen

A mining law that would simplify rules and ease restrictions for foreign investors in the mining sector remains frozen in Myanmar’s legislature. The law was tabled two years ago, however, lawmakers have struggled to find an agreement on the law as resource sharing in the country continues to be a contentious issue. The current mining […]