Myanmar renews SEZ push

Myanmar’s special economic zones (SEZs) are a central part of a revitalised economic strategy in which increased manufacturing activity will play a key role. And breathing renewed life and energy into stagnant or stalled SEZs has moved to the top of the government’s agenda. “SEZs promote the transfer of technology, encourage infrastructure development and attract […]

UOB puts focus on Asean investment

UNITED OVERSEAS BANK (UOB), one of the largest Asian banks, is actively engaged in bringing foreign investors to Thailand, particularly the flagship investment project in the Eastern Economic Corridor, according to its chief executive. Asked which Asean countries were now the most attractive for foreign direct investment in the eyes of UOB, Choon Hin Tan, […]

Govt urged to establish Belt and Road taskforce

From tackling illegal border trade to constructing Kyaukphyu SEZ, the to-do list for Belt and Road in Myanmar is very long. THE Myanmar government is urged to take a proactive role and form a taskforce to carve out its involvement in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). An adviser to the National League for Democracy-led […]

Japanese joint-venture plans Yangon hotel

Hotel Okura Co Ltd said it would develop the luxury Okura Prestige Hotel with Ayeyar Hinthar Holdings Co Ltd in Yangon by 2020, with five more hotels due in the next five years. The company expects to sign a contract with Yangon Technical and Trading Co Ltd, a subsidiary of Ayeyar Hinthar, in August, working […]

Lotte Hotel to open chain in Myanmar next month

Lotte Hotel & Resorts, the hotel arm of South Korean retail giant Lotte Group, said Tuesday it will open its eighth foreign hotel chain in Myanmar next month, as it attempts to tap deeper into overseas market. Lotte Hotel & Resorts said the new hotel in Yangon, the former capital city of the Southeast Asian […]

Myanmar Imports Thai Shrimp as Local Breeders Struggle to Meet Demand

Shrimp and prawn is being imported from Thailand as production from local shrimp breeders struggles to keep pace with domes­tic demand, U Kyaw Tun Myint, Chairman of the Myanmar Shrimp Asso­ciation, said. “Local supply can’t meet the local consumption rate. Myanmar is losing its market share because of unsuccessful shrimp breeding businesses,” U Kyaw Tun […]

New mega-complex project approved near Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda

A Japan-led consortium has officially obtained permission to build a large-scale mixed-development project at the intersection of Shwedagon Pagoda Road and U Wisara Road in Yangon. Development of the US$332.5 million project will begin this year on the former site of the military museum across 16,000 sq m of land. It will comprise a high-grade […]

Myanmar Insists no North Korea Links as U.S. Envoy Visits

Myanmar has no military ties with North Korea, a Myanmar official said on Monday, as a U.S. diplomat responsible for North Korea arrived for talks in which he was likely to seek assurances on efforts to isolate it.Ambassador Joseph Yun met Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the military’s commander in chief in […]

Yangon Furniture Store Promotes Local Craftsmanship

There is no material preference at Sirboni Furnishings. As the company’s co-founder Ko Lin Tin Htun Ni puts it, “We use metal, bamboo, wood or rattan, based on design requirements and always considering comfort.” The products at his showroom—located in a bamboo garden in Yangon’s Insein Township—are a testament to this: wood combined with leather […]

Bid to boost Myanmar shrimp trade begins

“We usually import broodstock from Thailand. But, possibility for the broodstock to suffer some diseases is truly a major risk to our shrimp production. Now we are about to start sustainable shrimp farming with the help of a firm from the United States,” he said. According to Kyaw Tun Myint, Myanmar entrepreneurs in the industry […]