Myanmar’s bargaining power rises along the Belt and Road

AS Hong Kong’s second Belt and Road Summit started today in the city The Myanmar Times asked two experts from The Economist Intelligence Unit and Lau China Institute at King’s College, London for their input regarding the dynamics of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and China in relation to Myanmar and ASEAN. Much of […]

PM Modi to Indian diaspora in Myanmar: ‘We aren’t merely reforming India, but transforming India’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a three-day bilateral visit to Myanmar, justified decisions like demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST) terming them as ‘tough’ while addressing the Indian diaspora in Yangon on Wednesday. “We never shy away from taking big and tough actions for the benefit of India because we consider the […]

Hello Cab returns to market with new app, says market big enough for four

Local taxi operator Hello Cab is gearing up to compete in Yangon’s after upgrading its mobile app, managing director U Aung Win said. ‘’We are using an application which was created in 2013 and is no longer up to date. Now, we are drawing on new software to build the app and hope to finish […]

Crop insurance, land reform and investment are essential to Myanmar’s agricultural sector

Q: What is the state of the rice industry in Myanmar? A: The government relaxed its control of the rice industry in 2003. Since FY2012-2013, rice export volume has exceeded one million tons per year. Q: Rice from Myanmar does not meet international standards and fails to sell for good prices in the international market. […]

The road to taxi reform – can ride-hailing apps help fix the market?

Duncan Burry notes the promise ride-hailing apps hold for Myanmar’s future. Hello Cabs, Myanmar’s first ride-hailing app, was launched in Yangon in August of 2015. Oway Ride, a local rival, was not far behind, launching in February 2016. And then two large international players were launched in 2017: Grab in March and Uber in May. […]

Yangon Regional Government Re-Confirms Proposed Agriculture Master Plan

Yangon’s Chief Min­ister stressed the importance of in­creasing the distribution and export of vegetables as part of the Region’s famed agriculture master plan at a meeting of the chamber of commerce. Announced in early 2017,Yangon’s Chief Min­ister re-affirmed the mas­ter plan at a July 20 UM­FCCI meeting alongside Vice President U Myint Swe before local […]

China in Talks to Sell Electricity to Myanmar Amid Warming Ties

YANGON (Reuters) – Energy-hungry Myanmar is in initial talks to buy electricity from China, according to officials and documents reviewed by Reuters, in the latest sign of warming ties with Beijing under leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Since taking office in April last year, Suu Kyi has sought to repair relations that were strained when […]

Myanmar’s business community must tap cluster potential to compete on global scale

“There are clusters formed by firms in similar sectors. In the Mandalay Region, the Directorate of Industrial Supervision and Inspection formed industrial clusters since 2014 and there are now 111 groups in 15 industrial clusters.” “But the business community in Myanmar is not very interested in this potential,” he said. “Businessmen here prefer to work […]

Only high-tech firms for hydro, coal power

Only companies and countries with access to the latest technologies and technologies which minimise environmental impact will be considered to take part in hydro and coal power projects in Myanmar, a senior official from the Ministry of Electricity and Energy told The Myanmar Times. “For electricity generation sources, we are planning to consider only the […]