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Is Myanmar Ready to Become a Regional Trade and Supply Hub?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently pledged to promote more than 150 quality infrastructure projects in five nations in the Mekong River subregion—Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos—under a new blueprint, the Tokyo Strategy 2018 for Mekong-Japan Cooperation, which will be effective from 2019 to 2021. Japan and China are competing for influence in Southeast […]

The man behind the success of Singapore Festival 2018

In a bid to reach out and enable more Yangonites and visitors to enjoy the festivities, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) transformed the third edition of the festival from a mall-based format to an outdoor street event this year. Although the festival was organised by STB in collaboration with local non-government group Doh Eain and […]

GrabPay sets sights on Cambodia and Myanmar

Southeast Asia’s largest ride-hailing group plans to take its mobile payments service into Cambodia and Myanmar as it expands its range of businesses throughout ASEAN countries, according to a senior executive. Reuben Lai, senior managing director of the Singapore-based company’s financial arm, identified the two countries as next on the list. Grab’s ride-hailing app is […]

The Muslim woman breaking barriers in sex education in Myanmar

Adjusting her hijab and looking around the class, Dr Thet Htwe starts the day’s lesson with a simple question. “Who wants to know about the human sexual response?” Everyone raises their hand, some sheepishly giggling. In a country where there’s still a debate over the proper word to use for “vagina” and simply talking about […]

On Myanmar border, a city thrives

Opening-up has played a key role in the economic development of Tengchong, Yunnan province, both in the past and today, local authorities say. “It is not hard to see that all the economically active periods in Tengchong’s history were those when we had close contacts and deep exchanges with South and Southeast Asia, and the […]

Southeast Asia seeks ways to protect car industry

Several Southeast Asian countries are finding ways to protect their emerging car industries from imports, after eliminating auto duties by the end of last year. Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand have introduced measures either to hinder imports or benefit local production, while Malaysia is looking at possible curbs on foreign car sales. The new trend is […]

China’s 9 Air spreads its wings in Mandalay

One of China’s most popular airlines, 9 Air, began a Guangzhou-Mandalay route last week, boosting the country’s sagging tourism industry amid increasing interest in the jade market. From October 2, the airline started direct flights between the two cities three times a week, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, according to Ji Guangping, chief of 9 […]

Night markets seen to boost Yangon tourism

Plans have been put forward to make Yangon, already one of the most-visited destinations in Myanmar, even more attractive to tourists. Among the ideas brought up during a meeting last week between the regional government and business organisations in the travel industry, was the proposal that more Sunday markets and night markets be set up […]

World Bank cuts Myanmar’s growth forecast to 6.2%

The World Bank has revised downwards its forecast for Myanmar’s economic growth by 0.5 percentage points to 6.2 percent in the fiscal year 2018-19. The World Bank East Asia and Pacific economic update released this month downgraded Myanmar’s GDP growth projections from the previous forecast, saying seasonal floods, rising cost, inflationary pressures and the Rakhine […]

Mitsui buys stake in Singapore-Yangon undersea cable

Mitsui & Co. will invest $20 million in a Singapore company that is laying undersea communications cable to Myanmar, a project seen giving telecom-related businesses there a boost after the 2020 completion. In its first foray into seafloor cable operations, Mitsui will purchase a total 22% stake in Singapore’s Campana Group across a series of […]