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  • BUSINESS

    Charter challenge

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 18/02/2019

    » Pro-democracy forces in Myanmar have launched a new bid to change the country’s constitution. With 18 months left before the 2020 elections, the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) has initiated a process in parliament that it hopes will amend the military-drafted charter — and give the party an appealing campaign issue. It is the latest evidence that the country has been plunged into “Syndrome 2020” in the lead-up to the elections.

  • BUSINESS

    'Suukyinomics' taking hold

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 04/02/2019

    » Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has relaunched the government's drive for economic development based on attracting foreign investment, streamlining bureaucratic procedures, improving infrastructure and utilising the enthusiasm and skills of the country's youth.

  • BUSINESS

    Myanmar's new investment push

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 14/01/2019

    » The government of Myanmar is hoping this year will be a watershed for the country's investment and development plans. The emphasis is firmly on liberalisation and attracting foreign investors, as well as involving the local business community in the expected economic resurgence.

  • NEWS

    Myanmar steps up financial reforms

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 24/12/2018

    » The government of Myanmar is finally putting its long-anticipated plans for economic liberalisation into overdrive. In the past few weeks it has announced numerous reforms -- including insurance liberalisation and further easing of restrictions on foreign banks, the establishment of a credit rating bureau and the formation of a "project bank" to encourage investment, especially from abroad.

  • BUSINESS

    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.

  • BUSINESS

    All roads start leading to China

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 19/11/2018

    » Myanmar and China have finally signed an agreement on a controversial deep-sea port project on the Bay of Bengal, allowing Beijing to press on with its strategic plan to gain access to the Indian ocean. It signifies a strengthening of bilateral ties between the two neighbours, and places Myanmar firmly in China's orbit.

  • OPINION

    Suu Kyi seeks support over Rakhine crisis

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 12/11/2018

    » Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi is attending the Asean meetings in Singapore this week, in which she will seek support from her Asian allies in dealing with the country's Rakhine crisis. She especially wants the members of the regional bloc to back her government's efforts to resettle the returning Muslim refugees -- who have fled the violence in the country's strife-torn Western region -- and to be involved in the country's future reconciliation efforts.

  • OPINION

    Ethnic parties give wake-up call to NLD

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 06/11/2018

    » Analysts are poring over the results of Myanmar's by-elections which took place on Saturday, vainly trying to read the tea leaves, and perhaps reading too much into them. But it was certainly a wake-up call for both major parties -- the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) and the previous governing party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) -- but the lessons that can be drawn for the future are limited.

  • BUSINESS

    Myanmar looks East

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 05/11/2018

    » The government of Myanmar has launched a major investment drive centred on Asian countries in the face of declining interest from the West.

  • BUSINESS

    Hanging by a thread

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 29/10/2018

    » Myanmar's flourishing textile and garment industry could be decimated if the European Union (EU) decides to withdraw trade privileges, business leaders say.

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