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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.

  • OPINION

    Surakiart's Rakhine mission no easy task

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 17/02/2018

    » After a dramatically shaky start, Surakiart Sathirathai's international advisory group is getting down to tackle the Herculean task of trying to find practical solutions to Myanmar's tragic inter-communal violence. As the Myanmar government comes under increased criticism and international scrutiny, Mr Surakiart believes he and his team must help Myanmar look forward and produce a comprehensive and sustainable plan to restore peace, harmony and development to the country.

  • 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

    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.

  • OPINION

    Hopes rest on new president to reinvigorate govt

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 31/03/2018

    » President Win Myint has been sworn in as Myanmar's new president, raising hopes that with him at the helm government administration will be strengthened and revitalised.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • OPINION

    Suu Kyi should heed Pope's suggestion on UN role

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 04/12/2017

    » Pope Francis' visit to Myanmar last week was an overwhelming success and may provide the much needed spark to ignite the government's peace process and its efforts to bring reconciliation to the country's violence-torn western region of Rakhine. The Pope's message was loud and clear: the only way forward for Myanmar was "love and peace", the title used for his visit.

  • OPINION

    Rakhine violence leaves Aung San Suu Kyi reeling

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 28/08/2017

    » Myanmar's restive western state of Rakhine erupted into violence on Friday, leaving the government's efforts to find a solution to the communal tension there in tatters. Insurrection and arson engulfed large areas around Maungdaw and Buthidaung.

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