Dawei Torn Between Visions of Progress

Dusk had fallen when a huge crowd packed “We Love Dawei” festival at a garden in Dawei, the capital city of the Taninthary region, southern Myanmar. A variety of performances from local artists and their counterparts from neighbouring Thailand drew various groups of festival-goers. At the venue, a panel discussion on Dawei development also took […]

China’s latest Myanmar megaproject courts controversy

Nearly two years ago, Myanmar chose a Chinese consortium led by the state-run Citic to develop a $10 billion port and industrial park that could turn into the country’s largest foreign investment. With Beijing pledging to create 100,000 jobs and transform a poor region, the Kyaukpyu port plan potentially represents a huge win for Myanmar. […]

Bangladesh losing its geo-economic importance to Myanmar

The Rohingya refugee crisis has exposed Bangladesh’s diplomatic weaknesses. No permanent member of the United Nations Security Council has strongly backed Dhaka to solve the refugee problem. China rendered its support to Myanmar at the UN so that the country does not face any immediate threat such as sanction. The United States’ intention to solve […]

Proposed port and highway to align Ayeyarwady with Belt and Road

Ayeyarwady may follow Kyaukphyu and Dawei to be the next region in Myanmar to embrace a deep-sea port together with other infrastructure projects, with a feasibility of the scheme currently under progress. U Ye Lin from Myanmar Construction and Development Public Co said that a feasibility study is being carried out jointly with South Korea-based […]

Myanmar expects 6 bln USD foreign direct investment yearly

NAY PYI TAW, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) — Myanmar is expecting to attract about 6 billion U.S. dollars of annual foreign direct investment starting from 2018, U Maung Maung Win, deputy minister of the Ministry of Planning and Finance said Tuesday. In accordance with the Foreign Direct Investment Promotion Plan (FDIPP), the country is expecting about […]

Myanmar execs seek help in fostering human resources

TOKYO — Even as more Japanese companies are eyeing the growing business opportunities in Myanmar, the young country and its more than 50 million people are in need of help in developing human resources in addition to infrastructure, a fact emphasized by several prominent businessmen from the country, speaking at a seminar on Monday in […]

Manufacturing sector absorbed more foreign investments in Thilawa SEZ

Foreign direct investments in Thilawa SEZ primarily flowed into manufacturing sectors which accounts for 73 per cent of total FDI in the zone. At present, FDI in Thilawa SEZ reached more than US$1.14 billion so far. Manufacturing sector in Thilawa SEZ absorbed investments of about US$843 million in 62 enterprises. Trading sector attracted investments of […]

Myanmar moves forward

The government of Myanmar is about to take dramatic steps to spur economic development and improve government efficiency. Several significant cabinet changes are in the pipeline, detailed economic strategies are being finalised and a shake-up in the bureaucracy is already under way. These planned changes in ministerial personnel are aimed at strengthening the government’s leadership […]

Economy to Grow by Seven Percent This Fiscal Year, Observer Group Predicts

RANGOON — Burma’s economy is predicted to grow by at least seven percent in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 fiscal years after growth of six percent last fiscal year, predicted regional observer group ASEAN +3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO). Moderate growth in Burma last fiscal year (6.3 percent) compared to 7.3 percent the year before was […]

Fiscal Year 2017-18: a New Dawn for Economic Policies

​​ The new fiscal year will start on April 1, which also marks the start of new laws and economic policies for Myanmar. The new Myanmar Investment Law, which was recently passed, will come into effect on April 1 and its implementation and enactment will spell changes for the country’s businesses and investors. A developing […]