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South Korea donates protective equipment and testing kits to Myanmar

South Korea provided thousands of sets of protective gears as well as testing kits to Myanmar to boost the country’s fight against the dreaded pneumonia-like disease COVID-19 to the Ministry of Health and Sports and the Yangon regional government. The Korean embassy on Tuesday held a handover ceremony for 1000 protective coverall plus 5000 new […]

Govt seeks parliament approval for US$131M loan

The government is seeking approval for a loan of US$131 million from South Korea that will be used to upgrade the country’s natural-gas infrastructure, a senior official says. “The financing is meant to be used for a project to build a pipeline for the Shwe offshore gas field that will connect to the Myanmar-China gas […]

South Korean firm invests in Bago power project

South Korea’s MCM Power Company will invest over US$35 million on a power generation and distribution project in Pyay township, Bago, according to U Thant Sin Lwin, Director-General of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). The gas-powered project is expected to generate 40MW of electricity. Interest in the Myanmar power sector from Hong […]

Myanmar Inks Four Agreements With S.Korea to Cooperate on Education, Environment, Tech

YANGON—Myanmar signed four Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with South Korea on cooperation on fisheries; technical and vocational training; the environment; and development of digital economy, higher education, smart cities and connectivity during State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s trip to Busan earlier this week. The State Counselor visited the city from Nov. 25-27 to […]

Dawei SEZ Draws Investor Interest, but Lacks Infrastructure

Businesses from China, Thailand, Korea and Japan, including those from the power and logistics sectors, have said they are keen to invest in the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Tanintharyi, which is near the Thai border. Investor interest in Dawei, which has yet to be developed, has been on the rise since Myanmar and […]

Yangon Hotel Rates Remain a Bargain

YANGON, 8 November 2019: Yangon will close 2019 with at least 400 new rooms in the city’s highly competitive upper-scale hotel segment, according to the latest Colliers International Myanmar report. That pushes the room total from 5,300 in the four and five-star categories at the close of the second quarter of this year to 5,700 […]

Two Chinese Airlines Start Direct Flights from Yangon

Yangon Aerodrome Co Ltd, operator of Yangon International Airport (YIA), has announced the launch of Qingdao Airlines’ direct flight between Yangon and Ningbo in Zhejiang, China. Qingdao Airlines will operate an Airbus A320 aircraft with the capacity for 180 passengers for the new service that will operate every Monday and Friday between Yangon and Ningbo, […]

Shan State’s Peace and Tea Leaves

Among Myanmar’s many agricultural products, tea leaves hold a lot of potential for export markets because they are organic product grown naturally, an official with the Myanmar Tea Association says. However, development of the sector is tied to conflict in Shan State, one of the main growing areas for the crop in Myanmar. If a […]

Two Korean Banks Hopeful of Winning Approval to Open Myanmar Branches

YANGON—Two South Korean banks involved separately in a low-income housing project and a joint industrial complex construction project in Yangon are hopeful of winning Myanmar government approval to offer banking services in the country soon. If they are granted licenses, KB Kookmin Bank, one of South Korea’s largest banks, and Industrial Bank of Korea (IBK) […]

South Korean President Enhances Bilateral Economic Ties with Myanmar

YANGON- The president of South Korea pledged to accelerate Korea’s economic presence and to cooperate on development in Myanmar after meeting with the Myanmar State Counselor in Naypyitaw on Tuesday. The trip is a part of his “New Southern Policy” to deepen relations with Southeast Asian nations, including in the economic realm. Moon Jae-in arrived […]