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Strong Start for Burma’s 2014-15 FDI

Overall foreign direct investment into Burma continues to rise in the first two months of the fiscal beginning April 1.

Western Firms React to Burmese Slave Labor Accusations in Thailand

Calls for Western food retailing companies to pressure businesses in Thailand after a Thai conglomerate was linked to allegations of slave labor involving Burmese migrants.

Burma Gas Exports Worth $3.3Bln Last Year After Slight Drop

Gas export earnings fell last year due to growing domestic consumption but shipments of greater volumes to China are expected to boost earnings this year.

Burma’s inflation is forecast to stay at 9 percent; the IMF recommends monitoring of foreign bank licenses; and AirAsia looks to Rangoon.

Burma Economy Can Grow 8.5 Percent This Year: IMF

Burma’s economy should grow 8.5 percent during this fiscal year, higher than earlier forecast thanks mainly to rising gas production and investment, the IMF says.

Two New Airlines Await OK from Burma Investment Body

Two new domestic airlines are expecting to get the green light “soon” to begin flying both domestic and regional scheduled routes.

Survey Shows Strong Demand to Buy Property in Burma

An international property portal says three quarters of visitors to its website in Burma want to buy property, rather than rent.

Fokker used “deceit and trickery” in sanctions breach, vehicle imports from Thailand have slowed and an Indian transport project in western Burma raises concerns.

Investment in Rice Milling Key to Boosting Export, Report Says

The World Bank says Burma could boost agricultural exports by investing in rice mills, reducing transport costs and formulating policies that support the export.

Hilton Plans to Open Five More Hotels in Burma

The world’s largest hotel operator by market value is pushing on with expansion in the country, despite delays to its maiden Burma project.

Private US Report Accuses Another Chinese Military Unit of Hacking

A cyber security firm says it is presenting “undeniable” evidence that part of the People’s Liberation Army has attacked Western government agencies and defense contractors.

Concern Over US Enforcement of Burma Investment Rules

The US Campaign for Burma says some companies may be “flying under the radar” of the American authorities meant to be enforcing reporting requirements.

Mergui Archipelago’s Kadan Island Slated for $4m Resort

The Myeik Public Corporation plans to invest US$4 million in a resort on Kadan Island in the largely untouched Mergui Archipelago next year.

Myanmar Oil & Gas Enterprise is looking for partners for its “corporatization,” and the rules for Burma’s new stock exchange have not yet been approved.

Senior US Commerce Official Opens Burma Trade Office

US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker christens a new trade office in Burma as she seeks to deepen economic ties between the two long-estranged nations.

Thailand’s Coup May Affect Burma’s Oil and Gas Sector

With the new military rulers in Bangkok looking to kick-start extraction projects, analysts see both plusses and minuses for Burma’s nascent industry.

European Donors Fund Savings Co-Ops in Karen State

A project worth about $1.3 million will attempt to extend access to financial services in the remote ethnic state in eastern Burma.

Switch to Telenor by Ex-Ambassador to Burma Provokes Criticism in Norway

The recent appointment of Norway’s former ambassador to Burma to an executive position at Telenor Group has come under scrutiny in the Norwegian media.

Thilawa Residents Formally Complain to Tokyo

In the first formal complaint filed under JICA’s objection procedures, three residents list the negative effects of Japanese investment at the Thilawa Special Economic Zone.

Former Norway Envoy’s Telenor Move Raises Eyebrows

The move of Norway’s former ambassador to Burma to telecommunications firm Telenor prompts concern from some about the ethics of Oslo’s foreign policy toward Burma.