Myanmar manufacturing set for takeoff

With the end to economic sanctions triggering an investment boom and an abundance of low-cost labor, Myanmar’s nascent manufacturing industries look set for major growth. In the space of less than two years, Japanese clothing retailer Honeys has increased the number of production lines at its second factory in Myanmar from five to 34. The […]

Myanmar-Japan joint venture eyes infrastructure investment

A joint venture between Myanmar’s leading heavy machinery distributor, Myanmar Kaido Co, and Japanese trading giant Mitsubishi Corp aims to capitalise on the rapid development of the Southeast Asian country’s urban infrastructure through the rental of construction and other equipment. An opening ceremony for the joint venture, Diamond Rental Myanmar Co, 50% owned by Mitsubishi, […]

ANA Invests in Myanmar Airline Venture Planning International Debut in 2018

​​ ANA Holdings Inc. has invested in a new airline venture in Myanmar that aims to start international flights in 2018 as the Japanese carrier seeks to capture demand in Asia’s fastest-growing economy. ANA has a 49 percent stake and a local company holds the remainder, Shinya Katanozaka, CEO of Japan’s largest airline, said in […]

Myanmar Hopes to Overtake Singapore Economically in 20 Years’ Time: Suu Kyi

SINGAPORE: Myanmar hopes to overtake Singapore’s economy in 20 years’ time and the country is hoping that Singapore will lend a helping hand, said Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday (Nov 30). Speaking at the IE Singapore’s Global Conversations business dialogue, Ms Suu Kyi, who is in Singapore for a three-day official […]

Exclusive: Production Slowing Fast at Myanmar Mine That Rattled Tin Market

Output from a mysterious Myanmar tin mine that has disrupted the global market in the metal is falling sharply and deposits could be depleted in “two to three years”, senior mine officials told Reuters. A surprise discovery of large quantities of tin has propelled the formerly isolated Southeast Asian country into the position of third […]

Myanmar’s New Economic Zone Attracts Foreign Interest But Local Ire

YANGON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Looking north from Myint Win’s farm, across rice paddies and past bamboo huts, a massive new industrial development on the outskirts of Myanmar’s biggest city gleams in the distance. The buildings sprang up during the first phase of developing the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ), a 6,200 acre (2,500-hectare) industrial […]

New China Refinery Faces Delay as Myanmar Seeks Extra Oil Tax: Sources

A newly built Chinese refinery near its border with Myanmar is facing a delayed start-up after state firm PetroChina balked at paying an extra tax for piping crude oil through the Southeast Asian nation, two senior Chinese industry sources said. PetroChina parent CNPC early last year began trial operations of a deep sea port and 2,400-km (1,490 […]

First South Korean Lender Starts Myanmar Ops

Shinhan Bank, South Korea’s fourth-largest bank by assets, has set up a branch in Myanmar as part of its diversification strategy. The bank said it won final approval to start operations in Yangon from the Central Bank of Myanmar on September 15. This marks the first time for a South Korean lender to set up […]

Myanmar’s financial markets are slowly opening up

NAYPYITAW Naypyitaw’s famously empty hotels were busy for once on Sept. 13-14 as an annual investment forum drew more than 1,300 bankers and investors from around the world. Expectations for the country’s financial development are sky high, especially as the first civilian government in half a century is settling in. Reforms are happening slowly but […]

Special Report: Investigation reveals gold mining destruction in Myanmar

A lengthy investigation published by Radio Free Asia is putting the spotlight on the disastrous effects of the poorly regulated gold mining industry in Myanmar. From unprecedented environmental destruction to the human toll of low-paying and hazardous jobs, RFA’s multimedia story delves deeply into the consequences of the country’s decision to open its mines to both multinational firms […]