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Muse Development Consortium Pushes for Easing of China-Burma Border Restrictions

Construction is ramping up for a new border station in northern Shan State intended to funnel tourists towards a massive private development.

Burma’s Rising Imports Drive Overall Trade Boost

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.

New MPT Plan Gets Lukewarm Reception From Mobile Users

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.

Stock Exchange Licenses to be Awarded in April

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 Opens Up, Miners Weigh Potential Versus Risk

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.

Prospects and Problems for Burma’s Economic Growth

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.

Tourist Numbers Hit 3m in 2014: President

President Thein Sein announces that Burma received more than 3 million visitors and raked in over US$3 billion last year.

Realtors Predict Rangoon Property Market Slowdown in 2015

Skyrocketing property prices will taper off next year while rental costs continue to rise, according to local real estate experts.

Govt Calls for Foreign Investment in ‘Death Highway’ Upgrade

The Ministry of Construction is seeking local and overseas interest in upgrading the notoriously dangerous stretch of road between Rangoon and Mandalay.

CSOs Condemn Govt Response to Mine Protests

A coalition of civil society groups involved in the implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative condemn the government’s handling of the Letpadaung mine protests.

‘Illegal’ Shipments to China Dominate Burma’s $340m in Rice Exports

Rice shipments across the Sino-Burmese border, considered illegal in China, account for more than two-thirds of total rice exports over the last nine months.

Vietnam’s Viettel Nears Deal to Invest $800M in Yatanaporn Teleport

Vietnam’s Viettel Global and Burma’s state-backed Yatanarpon Teleport await approval for an $800 million investment to build Yatanarpon’s telecoms infrastructure.

1 Year Minimum Until Call for Upgrade, Transfer of Airports: Official

A government call for the upgrading and privatization of 30 domestic airports in Burma has been postponed until late next year at the earliest.

Thousands Protest Against Mandalay Gem Market Move

Crowds take to the streets of Burma’s second largest city to protest a government proposal to relocate the country’s principal jade and gems market.

KBZ Bank Tops Tax-Paying List, Alongside Army-Owned, Blacklisted Firms

Kanbawza Bank tops last year’s list of corporate tax payers, followed by several large US-blacklisted conglomerates, while two army-owned firms paid the most sales tax.

Police Arrest 14, Dismantle Protest Camp at Rangoon City Hall

An encampment at City Hall is dismantled by police as 14 land rights protesters from Rangoon’s Michaungkan are arrested for unlawful assembly and obstruction.

Burmese Firm Picks Puma Energy as Jet Fuel Distribution Partner

Myanma Petroleum Products Enterprise chooses Puma Energy Group as its partner to distribute jet fuel, as demand rises from a boom in tourist arrivals.

Labor rights improve in Burma but worsen in Thailand; tourism numbers pose service problems; gas export revenues increase; and EU gives funding boost to Burma.