Are tropical islands in Myanmar Asia’s last untouched paradise?

Lack of infrastructure has protected the Myeik Archipelago in the Andaman Sea from the ravages of tourism, but for how much longer? Picture 800 or so islands surrounded by beaches of white sand and backed by lush green forest, rising out of a translucent, turquoise sea on which fishing boats and a handful of yachts […]

Edible bird’s nest production highest tax generator in Tanintharyi

The list showed that the forestry sector generated the highest level of tax revenues for the government, totaling K964.6 million in 2017-18, which is around half of total tax receipts for the Tanintharyi region government. The edible bird’s nest business contributed the lion’s share of taxes generated in the forestry sector. Edible bird’s nests are […]

Thaketa gas plant commences supplying power in Yangon

More than 40,000 households will now receive electricity following the scheduled completion and opening of a combined-cycle gas power plant in Thaketa township, Yangon Region, over the weekend. The Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) was signed in January 2016. The 106 megawatt plant was built and will be operated under a 30-year joint venture between the […]

Government still negotiating LNG import, purchase price

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) is still negotiating the terms of several power purchase agreements (PPA) which will determine the amount of power that will be purchased and distributed to the public over the next three years. The PPAs are being discussed with parties involved in importing and converting liquefied natural gas (LNG) […]

Memories Group makes first acquisition in Myeik as tourist interest rises

Mr Serge Pun, executive chairman of Singapore-listed Memories Group, has bought luxury yachting business Burma Boating in Myeik, Tanintharyi Region, for K1.3 billion from Tint Tint Travel and Tours Company and Freepier. It is the first acquisition for Memories Group since the company listed on the Singapore Exchange in January and marks the first step […]

Dutch animal nutrition firm starts manufacturing in Thilawa

The Netherlands-based producer of animal feed and nutritional service specialist, Trouw Nutrition, opened its first manufacturing unit in Myanmar last week. Trouw Nutrition Myanmar Co was incorporated at Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in July 2017. The manufacturing plant, located in Zone A, is expected to start operation in two weeks. Thilawa is the only […]

Government to link Dawei to Mawlamyine station

Myanmar will invest in building the necessary infrastructure needed to link Dawei in Tanintharyi Region to a power station in Mawlamyine in Mon State, enabling Dawei to gain access to electricity, said Dr Tun Naing, deputy minister at Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE). This will involve a 60-mile, 66 kilovolt power transmission line linking […]

Direct flights begin between Myeik Airport and Bangkok

The Bangkok-based airline, New Gen Airways has begun direct flights between the Myeik Airport and Don Mueang International Airport in the Thai capital in cooperation with its local partner Tun Htaik Tin Company, a senior airline official told The Myanmar Times. U Thar Du, New Gen Airways’ country manager said the regular flights started on […]

Ministries join forces to legalise casinos

Several ministries are in the process of repealing the 1986 Gambling Law that forbids the operation of casinos in the country in the hope that legalising gambling will spur tourism and boost revenue, but some people are lukewarm about the move. The ministries of Hotel and Tourism, Planning and Finance, and Home Affairs are spearheading […]

Dawei SEZ is for the few, not the many

A few elites will benefit from reviving Dawei SEZ, but what about the rest? Civil society organisations demand authorities to halt the controversial Dawei project and rethink. CIVIL society organisations have demanded the authorities to reconsider the plans to revive the controversial Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ). They argued that a site-wide environment impact assessment […]