Myanmar Gold Exports Could Rise to 20 Tons in 2019: Industry Official

Kochi, India. Myanmar could export as much as 20 metric tons of gold in 2019 after the Southeast Asian country earlier this year permitted exports of the precious metal for the first time in five decades, a senior industry official said on Saturday (04/08). A pick-up in legal exports will reduce the smuggling of gold […]

China, Myanmar to sign MOU on Economic Corridor in 2018

China and Myanmar will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on building the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC), one of the highlight projects of the Belt and Road (B&R) initiative, according to reports by media in Myanmar. U Aung Naing Oo, Director General of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration of Myanmar, was recently […]

Researchers study impact of Myanmar minimum wage rise

As part of an ongoing programme to improve labour conditions in the garment industry, a European multi stakeholder initiative has started a research project on living wages in Myanmar. The Southeast Asian nation’s legal minimum wage increased from MMK 3600 to MMk 4,800(US$3.5) per day in May, and now Fair Wear Foundation and Dutch trade […]

With its economy opening, Myanmar scoping seafood opportunities

The Southeast Asian country of Myanmar remains a relatively unknown commodity in the seafood world. With a population of 53 million, ranking it larger than South Korea and Canada, and more than 2,000 kilometers of coastline, according to the World Resources Institute, Myanmar’s potential as a seafood-producing state is significant. But a repressive military junta, […]

Japan Inc. pours cash into Myanmar despite Rohingya crisis

YANGON — Japanese companies are investing aggressively in Myanmar with help from Tokyo, even as their European and American counterparts shy away while hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims flee the country to escape persecution. Japan’s businesses were approved to devote a record $1.47 billion to the Southeast Asian nation for the fiscal year ended […]

Interview with Myanmar’s transport and infrastructure chief

Picture a busy intersection in a Southeast Asian city, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by motorbikes revving and swerving through the traffic. Not in Yangon, though. Myanmar’s largest city banned motorbikes in 2003, making it fertile ground for building affordable and reliable public transport. For the first time in its modern history, the country is […]

Is Hong Kong ready for return of domestic helpers from Myanmar?

More than three years after Myanmar stopped its citizens from working as domestic helpers in Hong Kong, a local lawmaker is paving the way for their return – but this time as nursing carers looking after the city’s growing elderly population. The drive, initiated by Liberal Party lawmaker Felix Chung Kwok-pan, is seen as the […]

China firms up ties with Myanmar

China’s emergence as a global player and its generous foreign aid to Southeast Asian countries often leads to claims that its true actions are disguised and really a means to expand its power and influence throughout the region. However, Myanmar has adeptly managed its relations with the Asian powerhouse over the years and, contrary to […]

New Zealand dairy aid in Myanmar hoping to foster a love for milk

A few cows are tied to a tree in the 40 degree Celsius heat. That’s how Myanmar dairy farmer U Ouh Kyau grazes his cattle, as is the way in the Southeast Asian nation now blighted by ethnic cleansing. As a cow wrestles against a rope tying it from nose to branch, visiting dairy advisor […]

India’s Border Trade With Myanmar Stagnates at $50 Million as China’s Hits $6 Billion

As India prepares to celebrate the silver jubilee of its partnership with ASEAN in a big way, a key border trade link with Myanmar, the closest neighbour of the vibrant Southeast Asian bloc, continues to be hobbled by infrastructure and other issues — 22 years after it was launched. India’s border trade with Myanmar takes […]