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Myanmar better off in good graces with the West

Two developments stood out in Myanmar’s international relations landscape in 2017: The increasing Chinese influence in the country and the immense diplomatic pressure from international community on the government’s handling of the Rakhine crisis. Analysts cautioned Myanmar against overdependence on China for its development and urged the country to mend ties with the West to […]

Myanmar Says U.S. Sanctions Against General Based on ‘Unreliable Accusations’

(Reuters) – Myanmar “feels sad” over a U.S. decision to sanction a military general, a government spokesman said, after Washington linked the commander last week to abuses against the Rohingya Muslim minority. “This targeted sanction is based on unreliable accusations without evidence, as we have repeatedly said, so we feel sad for that,” Zaw Htay, […]

US Slaps Sanctions on Myanmar General Over Rohingya Campaign

The United States imposed sanctions Thursday on a Myanmar army chief accused of leading an ethnic cleansing campaign against Rohingya Muslims. Myanmar General Maung Maung Soe was among 52 accused human rights abusers worldwide who are targeted by U.S. Department of Treasury sanctions. Also included was former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who the U.S. said […]

Qatar Airways to boost Myanmar garment export

Qatar Airways Cargo has commenced direct freighter service to Yangon, Myanmar – providing more than 60 tonnes of cargo capacity on the Doha-Yangon-Doha route. The carriers acting chief officer Cargo, Guillaume Halleux, said: “We are delighted to launch our eighth freighter destination for 2017, in line with our strategic expansion to our network and fleet. […]

Change in fiscal year insufficient to address shortfalls in budget process

While seen as positive, Nay Pyi Taw’s proposed change of fiscal year alone cannot address the lack of flexibility in the annual budgeting process, according to businesses. The adoption of multi-year budgeting should be implemented instead. Lawyers, investors and financiers told The Myanmar Times that while changing the fiscal year could bring some advantage to […]

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 […]