Poor marks for transparency; Britain promotes oil in Burma; Indonesian smelter plans revived; barrier-free tourism sought; and Thailand urged to do more on migrant labor.
The plunge in global oil prices is good news for Burmese consumers, but is shrinking profit margins for the country’s crude exporters.
The Minister of Commerce says the volume of goods being smuggled across Burma’s borders with China and Thailand is rising, despite a recent government crackdown.
A parliamentary drafting committee rejects Burmese President Thein Sein’s revisions on a plan to raise government salaries, according to lawmakers.
Investment in Burmese natural gas development might be curtailed because of the Thai government’s concerns about relying on supplies from its neighbour.
Tay Za, one of Burma’s biggest business tycoons, claims that he obtained and subsequently turned over to the government a mineral believed to be uranium.
The Secretariat’s new lessees say they will convert part of the dilapidated colonial building into an art museum and put US$50 million toward renovations.
A crude oil pipeline meant to secure an alternative route for Chinese imports overland through Burma are set to open this month.
Calls for further financial reform; health spending expected to soar by 2020; and rights groups call for end to Burmese labor abuses in Thailand.
More than US$6 billion of investment has been pumped into Burma in the last nine months, almost double the volume of the previous fiscal year.
Construction is ramping up for a new border station in northern Shan State intended to funnel tourists towards a massive private development.
Burma’s total trade volume is expected to rise by least US$5 billion, government data show, but a rising trade deficit threatens to undermine that growth.
MPT launches a new plan offering different phone and internet rates, but customers and retailers are unimpressed with the state-owned telecom provider’s new plan.
Burma’s Ministry of Finance will begin issuing licenses to list on the Yangon Stock Exchange in April, according to Deputy Finance Minister Maung Mg Thein.
Falling oil prices hit local gas project; Japan ‘ignoring land rights issues’; and miners line up for Chin State projects.
As Burma’s economy opens up, its abundant mineral wealth could lead to a mining boom, but insurgencies and a murky regulatory framework hold back investment.
Political uncertainty, collapsing global oil prices and entrenched infrastructure problems are likely to hamper the country’s prospects for business development in the year ahead.
Chinese investment likely to be threatened by Letpadaung death; Burmese stock exchange plans October debut; and Rangoon’s lack of a deep-water port threatens economic growth.
President Thein Sein announces that Burma received more than 3 million visitors and raked in over US$3 billion last year.
Skyrocketing property prices will taper off next year while rental costs continue to rise, according to local real estate experts.