New bridge a boon for beach tourism

  Business operators at Chaungtha are hoping the reopening of a bridge on the road to Pathein will restore tourism to the beach. U Toe Bridge, near U Toe village, about 5 kilometres east of Chaungtha in Ayeyarwady Region, has been temporarily closed for upgrades since January. The project will see the wooden single-lane bridge […]

South Korea urged government to end labour protests

When Yangon labourers from five foreign-owned factories reeled out the picket lines and demanded a meagre pay boost at the end of January, their calls were initially dismissed. Two weeks later, however, the government shifted into overdrive to quell the demonstrations at the behest of the South Korean embassy, The Myanmar Times has learned. After […]

Cutting down Myanmar’s forests a hard knock life for Chinese

“Dangerous places hold a lot of opportunity, so everyone wants to get a piece of the action,” said Liu Wei (pseudonym) in an attempt to explain why he goes logging in northern Myanmar, in an interview with the Chinese-language Beijing News. The local militia grant them permission but logging activities are forbidden by the central […]

Italian-Thai will have to submit bids: project chairman

Two companies formed by the governments of Myanmar and Thailand will take over as the main developers of the Dawei Special Economic Zone, project chairman U Aye Myint told a news conference in Yangon on December 2. The companies – Special Purpose Vehicle (1) and (2) – would take over the project’s development from Italian-Thai […]

Japan nears Dawei participation call

Japan aims to make a decision on the level of its involvement in the Dawei Special Economic Zone project by November, Myanmar officials said. The world’s third-largest economy is mulling possible technical assistance or Official Development Assistance (ODA) support to the SEZ, said U Set Aung, deputy minister for National Planning and Economic Development at […]