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    Power play

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 18/03/2019

    » Myanmar is coming under increased pressure from China to resolve the thorny issue of the Myitsone dam. Work on the massive hydroelectric project in northern Kachin state was suspended by the former government of Thein Sein in 2011 after strong protests.


    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.


    '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.


    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.

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    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    Getting Myanmar moving

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 22/10/2018

    » Myanmar's economic outlook is extremely bleak, say many regional experts, and local business sentiment continues to slide downward. And with foreign investment down substantially from last year, future growth is likely to fall short of government targets.

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