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    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.


    Painful correction

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 08/10/2018

    » Myanmar's currency crisis seems to have eased in recent days as a result of government actions, and to the relief of some market observers who feared an Argentina-style meltdown was in the making.


    Myanmar business mood darkens amid Rakhine outrage

    Asia focus, Larry Jagan, Published on 24/09/2018

    » Myanmar is stepping up efforts to attract foreign investment and spur economic development. A diplomatic offensive to improve the country's tarnished international image is part of the campaign, but western companies are not being swayed.


    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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