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Vietnamese ride-hailing FastGo launched in Myanmar

FastGo Vietnam on December 28 launched its service in Myanmar, becoming the first Vietnamese firm in the ride-hailing sector to expand its operations to foreign markets. FastGo plans to introduce its services in big cities in Myanmar in 2019, with 2 million users and 100,000 drivers. In addition, it would continue to invest and call […]

Changes in petroleum law could give Myanmar a boost in oil and gas investments

Changes in a petroleum law in Myanmar could help the Southeast Asian country attract investment in to the oil and gas sector, while reducing the growing strain on depleting domestic oil and gas reserves, according to a report by Fitch Solutions Macro Research. With Myanmar among the few under-explored upstream markets in Asia and interest […]

Myanmar to manufacture electric buses

“We need to use alternative fuels, as the fossil fuels we are burning today will be exhausted soon”, said Union Minister for Industry U Khin Maung Cho at the signing of an agreement to manufacture electric buses and erect charging stations in Myanmar. At the signing ceremony, held at the Research and Development Bureau in […]

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 […]

Myanmar eyes e-commerce for jobs, trade and economic growth

Government officials, donors and partners have met to consider the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)’s appraisal of how e-commerce can boost Myanmar’s economy and the next steps forward. The power of e-commerce to create jobs and increase trade in Myanmar was in the spotlight on 30 October, as government officials, development partners, […]

Burmese days: Yangon monuments to the rare Chinese who made their fortunes in colonial era

Lim Chin Tsong was one of the few Chinese migrants to succeed in colonial-era Burma, now Myanmar – which the British incorporated into its much bigger possession, India, and where Chinese were subordinate to Indians, in contrast to their status in other Southeast Asian cities. “Unlike the Chinese in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, […]

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 to hold 70% stake in Myanmar’s planned strategic seaport

Myanmar will hold a 30 percent stake in its strategic deep-water seaport project led by cash-rich China, giving Beijing a 70 percent interest, under their final agreement reached during recent talks between the two countries, according to a visiting senior Myanmar official. That is an improvement for the emerging Southeast Asian economy from the initially […]

Beijing’s involvement in Myanmar peace does not amount to interference

United States Institute of Peace, a well-known US think-tank, released a report titled “China’s Role in Myanmar’s Internal Conflicts” on September 14 claiming that “China has set aside its stated adherence to the principle of non-interference to become more proactively and assertively involved in Myanmar’s peace process.” The report cast doubts on Beijing’s role and […]

Travelling to Myanmar soon? The visa process just got easier if you have a Hong Kong passport, but it’s also more expensive

The Myanmar government has resumed its visa-on-arrival service for Hong Kong passport holders, which was cancelled five years ago. Hongkongers going to visit the southeast Asian country can apply for a tourist visa upon arrival at its three international airports. The new arrangement will take effect on Monday, and Hong Kong passport holders may apply […]