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U.S. investment in Burma remains modest, but Thai Gas Explorer PTTEP will invest $3.3 billion, while Burma’s ‘shrunken’ population will deter international consumer business investment.

Kyaukphyu SEZ ‘Key’ to China Business Corridor, But Doubts Remain By

Kyaukphyu port on Burma’s western coast could play a key role in a Beijing-led economic corridor plan linking neighbors India, Bangladesh and China.


Burma revises its fiscal year FDI forecast to more than $5 billion, surpassing earlier expectations and led by new ventures in energy and telecoms.


Five airports get the green light for privatization, Kyaukphyu SEZ development to go out to tender, and the legacy of sanctions hinders US investment.


The Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association is reportedly planning a large investment to build an industrial park in the Irrawaddy Delta.

Burma Must Invest in Education to Boost Growth: ADB By

A regional bank says Burma’s economy could grow at 9.5 percent a year until 2030, but that US$80 billion of investment is needed.

The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (September 6, 2014) By

The new e-visa for tourists remains “cumbersome,” an anti-money laundering watchdog is formed and natural gas imports are sought to meet a shortfall.

Thai-Backed Power Plants in Burma Face ‘Difficulties’ Getting Coal By

Companies based in the neighboring country are planning to build coal-fired power stations in Mon State’s Ye Township and in Mergui, Tenasserim Division.

In Burma, the Telecoms Games Begin By

Competition is heating up as the state telecoms firm goes head to head with a foreign operator to win over tens of millions of customers.

Debating the Economy By

A researcher proposes some controversial economic remedies—harnessing the strengths of local tycoons, and bringing investment from China back into the mix.

Ooredoo to Focus on Pay-as-You-Go in Burma By

Qatar’s Ooredoo will focus on adding more pay-as-you-go subscribers in Burma, but may provide monthly mobile contracts and fixed services in the long term.

Bangkok Targets Burma in Special Border Trade Plan By

Thailand’s military junta presses forward with plans to create a special status border trading area with Burma as Thai overland exports mushroom.

Burmese Women in Agriculture Face Pay Disparity, Discrimination By

Women play a key role in crop production but are often viewed as laborers, rather than farmers, and make lower wages than their male counterparts.

The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (August 30, 2014) By

Sino-Burmese border market slated; UK firm wins Rangoon airport contract; container terminals planned; FDI domain expands; and Britain reprimanded on Burma Army training course secrecy.

Gap Audit Reveals Issues at Burma Garment Factories By

Assessments were conducted of two South Korean-owned garment factories in Rangoon that are supplying the United States-based clothing retailer.

US Fund in Deal to Build Solar Plants in Burma By

ACO Investment Group and Burma’s Ministry of Energy sign an agreement for two solar plants to be built in Mandalay Division costing $480 million.


Ahead of the publication of anti-money laundering regulations, the Financial Intelligence Unit has encouraged reporting of large-scale transactions.

Invest in Burma’s Small-Scale Farmers, Says Development Group By

Aid and development charity Oxfam urges the government to consider the needs of small-scale farmers as it seeks to boost foreign investment in agriculture.

Burma’s Financial Intelligence Unit Probed Ne Win Family’s Investment By

An official says an investigation was carried out into transfer of shares in Asian Green Development Bank to a grandson of the late dictator.


Toyo-Thai Corporation requests permission to build Burma’s third coal-fired power plant in Mon State after facing opposition from local residents.

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