Decommissioning Challenges Escalating in South East Asia

For many decades now, South East Asia has been an important oil and gas producer, accounting for five percent of current global oil production. But now, age has caught up with oil and gas infrastructure in Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia. In February 2018 the Jakarta Post estimated that over the next decade, […]

‘I moved to Yangon sight unseen’ – How I got here…Era Myanmar’s Anthony Larmon

Era Myanmar managing director Anthony Larmon on the circuitous route taken to become one of the longest serving expat-public relations practitioners in the country, after starting life on the outskirts of Fort Worth, Texas Education I was born and raised outside Fort Worth, Texas. Not how one expects the story to begin for an expatriate […]

FDA Refuses First Shipment Of Shrimp From Myanmar For Banned Antibiotics; Refusals For Year Lowest Since 2012

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released information regarding import refusals for December. Last month, the FDA reports that only 1 out of the 105 (0.9%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. The one shrimp entry line refused by the FDA for banned antibiotics in […]

Ban on Burmese Gemstones Lifted, Task Force Visits Myanmar- AGTA

October 24, 2016 – Dallas, TX — Responding to the concerns of its members regarding U.S. sanctions and perceptions of the Myanmar Gem and Jade sectors, the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) developed a coalition of the U.S. Jewelry Industry to make a scoping mission to Myanmar. This mission was similar to past AGTA efforts […]

Myanmar Coffee Will Hit Whole Foods As an Economic Opening Continues

Poor diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Myanmar had made traders cautious, until recently. Two shipments of coffee beans from Myanmar arrived in the United States this month, the first commercial-scale imports in over 15 years and the fruits of a U.S. government development program for farmers in the once-isolated southeast Asian economy. The two […]

Check out the counter-culture scene in Rangoon, Burma

From punk rock to modern art, Burma’s capital has enjoyed a creative boom since military rule was scaled down. Even the former spy chief now runs a gallery … Side Effect, one of Burma’s better known punk rock bands, practise in a dilapidated apartment block on a quiet Rangoon street. It’s a far cry from […]