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Myanmar’s Path to Trade War Gains Blocked by $120 Billion Hole

Myanmar faces major infrastructure obstacles as it tries to attract manufacturers seeking alternative locations to China, according a leader of its business community. Aung San Suu Kyi’s government should prioritize reliable electricity and shorter transport times to woo factories as the U.S.-China trade war shifts global supply chains, said Zaw Min Win, president of the […]

Chinese, Japanese, S. Koreans to Get Visas on Arrival from October

YANGON—Amid declining tourists numbers during the first half of the year, the government on Tuesday announced a plan to ease visa requirements for Japanese, South Korean and Chinese citizens effective Oct. 1. According to the Hotel and Tourism Ministry, citizens of Japan, South Korea and China will be able to request visas on arrival at […]

Japan Inc. pours cash into Myanmar despite Rohingya crisis

YANGON — Japanese companies are investing aggressively in Myanmar with help from Tokyo, even as their European and American counterparts shy away while hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims flee the country to escape persecution. Japan’s businesses were approved to devote a record $1.47 billion to the Southeast Asian nation for the fiscal year ended […]

Myanmar’s Garment Industry is on a Growth Path

Myanmar is starting to get more attention and investment in the garment manufacturing sector, despite some persistent political and labor strife. Myanmar SUMEC Win Win Garments Co., a unit of SUMEC Textile and Light Industry Co., has opened a new factory in Shwe Pyi Thar Industrial Zone in Yangon, according to Asian press reports. Speaking […]

Myanmar’s First Private Pharmaceutical Factory Opens in Dagon Seikkan Township

Myanmar’s first privately owned pharmaceutical factory opened its doors in Dagon Seikkan Town­ship, Yangon on the third week of July. Located in Industrial Zone 1, Pacific Medi­cal Industries Limited’s (PMI) facility is a two-story building that in­cludes offices, a quality control area, and a mas­sive 16,630 square meter manufacturing floor. In an effort to relieve […]

Myanmar Labor Minister Commits to Working Toward Elimination of Child Labor

Half of Myanmar’s child laborers work in dangerous conditions for low minimum wages as the Southeast Asian country strives to eliminate the ubiquitous practice of employing young people, the country’s labor minister said Monday. “Half of Myanmar’s child laborers are working in dangerous conditions, but we can’t ask them to stop immediately,” Thein Swe, the […]

Myanmar heads for liberalizing all types of insurance services

Myanmar finance authorities have submitted a proposal to the government on seeking permission to grant operation of all types of insurance services to the private sector. Running of all 40 types of insurance plus additional farmers insurance and overseas employment life insurance are expected to be granted by the government soon, said U Kyaw Win, […]

Myanmar sees gains in rice, corn production

Rice and corn production in Myanmar is expected to increase in the 2016-17 marketing year, while production of wheat is forecast to fall, according to an April 20 report from the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Rice production in 2016-17 is forecast at 12.2 million tonnes, up from 12.16 […]

New Myanmar oil pipeline bolsters China’s energy security

The opening of an oil pipeline through Myanmar is a big step forward for China’s energy security, reducing the major importer’s reliance on shipments through waters where the U.S. exerts strong influence. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Htin Kyaw, his counterpart from Myanmar, agreed Monday to activate an oil pipeline stretching roughly 770km from Kyaukpyu, […]

How Did Myanmar’s Reforms Change Its Relations With China?

I first visited Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) in February 2013, two months after then-U.S. President Barack Obama’s landmark visit to that country. One thing that has been inscribed in my fond memories of the visit is that many street vendors in Yangon (formerly Rangoon) were hawking T-shirts with Obama’s headshot and a caption above […]