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    Yangon gets smarter

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 20/05/2019

    » Yangon is introducing smart meters to control the electricity supply, monitor usage and bill customers in a single automated system. If a pilot project is successful, the potential for further development could be huge, says the entrepreneur spearheading the technology.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Myanmar businesses stumble on corporate responsibility

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 30/10/2017

    » Many foreign investors are shying away from Myanmar because of the government's apparent failure to prioritise economic development and the violence in Rakhine state. Local businesses also complain of government inertia. But ministers still insist that the country is on the verge of a major economic breakthrough.

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    Myanmar renews SEZ push

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 02/10/2017

    » 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.

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    Harbouring ambition

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

    » Ports planned in Myanmar will provide the final link in a transport network connecting China with Southeast and South Asia and onward to the Middle East. The ports are to be linked by rail and road to China in the north and Thailand to the west.

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    Stalled reforms herald a bleak future

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 10/12/2014

    » With elections planned for this time next year, Myanmar's future is at a critical crossroads. At the same time, there is increased confusion over attempts to change the constitution and introduce proportional representation rather than the first past the post system as in previous elections.The speaker of the lower house Shwe Mann has announced there will be a referendum in May next year on some proposed amendments to the constitution, but that the charter will remain relatively unchanged before next year's election.Meanwhile, the National League for Democracy (NLD) is continuing its campaign to change the constitution, although it concedes this is unlikely before the next election. 

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