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  • BUSINESS

    Back in Beijing's orbit

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 17/09/2018

    » The Beijing-backed China Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC) took a major step forward last week with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two countries. While it signals a commitment to strengthen economic cooperation and lay the foundation for greater interconnectivity, the devil is in the details.

  • BUSINESS

    Media freedom in the dock in Myanmar

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 03/09/2018

    » Two Myanmar reporters are about to hear whether they are to spend the next 14 years in jail for courageously carrying out their jobs.

  • BUSINESS

    Game changer

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 06/08/2018

    » Myanmar's new Companies Law has come into force amid widespread acclaim. It will eliminate layers of bureaucracy and streamline the company registration process, which will also offer greater investment opportunities for foreign businesses.

  • BUSINESS

    Green light for Kyaukphyu

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 30/07/2018

    » Fresh negotiations are under way to resolve the impasse that has prevented progress on the Chinese-backed Kyaukphyu megaproject for more than three years, according to Myanmar's deputy finance minister.

  • BUSINESS

    Minister on a mission

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 09/07/2018

    » Soe Win has been in his post for less than two months, but already there are significant signs that Myanmar's new finance minister is ready to deliver on the government's commitment to boost economic growth.

  • BUSINESS

    Myanmar takes aim at graft

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 04/06/2018

    » Myanmar's government is declaring war against corruption and preparing for significant cabinet changes amid the biggest political crisis since it took power two years ago.

  • BUSINESS

    Insurers eye Myanmar

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 12/03/2018

    » Myanmar is preparing to open up its insurance industry to foreign businesses, expecting to attract firms that see high potential in a country where few people have coverage and the middle class is growing.

  • BUSINESS

    Myanmar government overhaul imminent

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 29/01/2018

    » A major shake-up in Myanmar's administration is in the pipeline as the government tries to tackle obstacles that stand in the way of economic progress, improved transparency and a more efficient bureaucracy.

  • NEWS

    Myanmar confident of economic take-off this year

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 08/01/2018

    » After nearly two years in power, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and her government face a crucial year ahead. Apart from significant political problems -- resolving the troubles in violence-torn Rakhine state and reviving the stalled peace process -- the government needs to show dramatically improved performance on the economic front.

  • NEWS

    Myanmar powers up

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 11/12/2017

    » The government of Myanmar has made energising the power sector an urgent priority, aiming to provide electricity to the whole country by 2030 at the latest. While hydroelectric dams will provide most power needs, new gas-powered plants and liquefied natural gas (LNG) will increase the supply in the medium term. International finance and expertise are being sought, with abundant business opportunities for foreign firms.

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