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Chinese President’s Upcoming Visit Seen as Bid to Gain Myanmar Leaders’ Commitment on BRI Projects

YANGON—Chinese President Xi Jinping is reportedly planning to visit Myanmar late next week, in a trip many believe is aimed at sending a signal regarding the country’s importance to China’s strategic ambitions in the Indian Ocean, while shoring up support for Xi’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) among leaders in Myanmar, which is slated […]

Myanmar Inks Four Agreements With S.Korea to Cooperate on Education, Environment, Tech

YANGON—Myanmar signed four Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with South Korea on cooperation on fisheries; technical and vocational training; the environment; and development of digital economy, higher education, smart cities and connectivity during State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s trip to Busan earlier this week. The State Counselor visited the city from Nov. 25-27 to […]

Student Objections to Tree Cutting Halt Projects at Myanmar’s Yangon University

YANGON – The University of Yangon on Monday temporarily suspended construction of a ring road and the implementation of a landscaping project on campus after facing objections from students and teachers over the cutting down of trees to make way for the projects. University officials informed the students union and the teachers association on Oct. […]

Yangon Orders Closure of Unlicensed Luxury Spa in Myanmar’s Historic Secretariat

YANGON—A newly-opened deluxe spa at Yangon’s Secretariat will have to be closed because it has no operating license, according to the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC). “We have not officially issued a business license to the spa at the Secretariat. As it is operating without a license, it has to be closed,” U Than, the […]

South Korean president to visit Myanmar on sept. 3

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife will pay a state visit to Myanmar on Sept. 3 at the invitation of the Myanmar President and First Lady. The visit will be part of Moon’s six-day tour of the region beginning Sept. 1 to build closer ties with Southeast Asian countries. He will first visit […]

Myanmar Set to Ink Pact with China on Border Cooperation Zones

The Myanmar government is ready to sign a framework agreement with China on the establishment of cross-border economic cooperation zones, paving the way for the implementation of Beijing’s grand infrastructure plans in the country as part of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The assistant permanent secretary and spokesperson for the Ministry of Commerce, U […]

China Beating Japan in War for Economic Influence in Myanmar

While the Japanese foreign minister and State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi discussed Rakhine’s development in Naypyitaw last week, a Chinese Communist Party provincial secretary met the vice president to discuss increasing investment in agriculture, transport and technology cooperation. It is not the first time China and Japan have been seen directly competing on […]

State Counselor’s Tourism Plan Promising but Hard to Implement

While giving State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi high marks for her strategies to reform the tourism sector, tour operators point out that conditions on the ground make her suggestions hard to implement. Speaking at a National Tourism Industry Development Central Committee meeting in Naypyitaw on Friday, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi put forward […]

Investment Agency Says Business Donations to Government Officials Violate Graft Code

YANGON — The Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) announced on Friday that companies and body corporates are not allowed to donate money either directly or indirectly to ministries or regional government departments, citing the Myanmar Companies Law 2017, to prevent corruption between government bodies and private companies. U Aung Naing Oo, director general […]

New Chair of Kyaukphyu SEZ Wary of Chinese Loans

YANGON — Myanmar will endeavor to take on no loans from China to complete the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone (SEZ) but would offer the developer no sovereign guarantees to mitigate risk if it does, said the project’s new chairman, seeking to allay fears of a debt trap. Sean Turnell, an economic adviser to State Counselor […]