China Faces Resistance to a Cherished Theme of Its Foreign Policy

ON APRIL 10th a freight train pulled out of Barking station in London carrying Scotch whisky, baby milk and engineering equipment. It arrived in Yiwu in eastern China (see map) nearly three weeks later, completing the second-longest round-trip train journey ever made (after Yiwu to Madrid and back, a record set in 2014). It lopped […]

Myanmar sees gains in rice, corn production

Rice and corn production in Myanmar is expected to increase in the 2016-17 marketing year, while production of wheat is forecast to fall, according to an April 20 report from the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Rice production in 2016-17 is forecast at 12.2 million tonnes, up from 12.16 […]

Myanmar Joins South Asian Bloc Focussed on Transport, Energy

Myanmar has joined a regional partnership aimed at improving trade links between Southeast Asia and South Asia. The move makes Myanmar the seventh member of the South Asia Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) group, which is supported by the Asian Development Bank. The group’s key aims are to promote cross border trade in energy, to improve […]

Confident iflix aims high in Myanmar

Greenlee said in an exclusive interview that Myanmar’s leap in the telecommunications sector would fuel the firm’s growth in the nation. “It is the first time that subscription video on demand [SvoD] service is available in Myanmar. So, we have set a benchmark again. We expect to be highly successful,” she said. “Myanmar is the […]

Italthai aims to double revenue

Under the plan, the group wants to deepen its presence in the immediate region with a focus on the so-called CLMV countries: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. For its construction-equipment and construction business operations, Laos and Myanmar, in particular, are recognised as key markets for expansion. The group has Asia more broadly in its sights […]

Central Bank May Liberalise Trade Financing for Foreign Banks

​​ The Central Bank of Myanmar may allow foreign banks to launch trading services if local banks are unable to facilitate trade financing for importers and exporters, Central Bank director general U Win Thaw told the Myanmar Times. “The Central Bank has already allowed local private banks to do trade financing. If they [local private […]

Rice and broken rice export hit 1.2million tonnes

The export volume of rice and broken rice hit 1.2 million tonnes as of the third week of January. Over 400,000 tonnes of rice and broken rice worth US$120million were exported through normal trade, whereas about 800,000 tonnes of rice and broken rice worth US$256million were exported via border trade camps, according to the figures […]

ADB eyes greater role in Myanmar road, port projects

MANILA — The Asian Development Bank will help Myanmar modernize its transportation infrastructure, such as roads and ports, seeing public-private partnerships as key to promoting projects. The Manila-based multilateral lender will serve as an adviser assisting the Myanmar government in such matters as drawing up plans, selecting contractors and procuring funds. The arrangement will be […]

Myanmar to Discuss Rice Exports With Sri Lanka

​​ Sri Lanka has expressed interest in a formal arrangement to import 50,000 tonnes of rice from Myanmar, according to Ministry of Commerce assistant secretary U Khin Maung Lwin. The Sri Lankan ambassador to Myanmar, KWND Karunaratne, made the offer on January 23 during a visit to the Union Minister for Commerce U Than Myint, […]

Axiata Unit to Raise Stake in Myanmar Tower Operations

KUALA LUMPUR (NewsRise) – Axiata Group, Malaysia’s biggest telecom operator by revenue, said its infrastructure unit is buying an additional 12.5% stake in a telecom tower company in Myanmar for $35 million. The deal, which involves purchase of 250,000 shares under a put and call option agreement with YSH Finance, will raise edotco Group’s stake in […]