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Tin industry surges; England to aid banking sector; MOGE will tender more energy blocks; Thai firm inks solar agreement; and US companies fund women’s initiatives.

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Thailand pushes for Dawei LNG terminal, Burma’s economy grows faster than expected and jade mining resumes in Kachin State’s troubled Hpakant.

Powerhouse Laos Offers Burma a Fix to Electricity Woes

Burma’s chronic lack of electricity to power its economic development could be solved from an unlikely source underdeveloped neighboring Laos.

Thailand ignores UN migrant rights request; luxury trains planned for tourists; Japan banks win big; Rangoon port pollution worries; and economic reforms prioritized, group claims.

El Nino Threatens Export Plans as Burma’s Rice Industry Revs Up

Annual rice exports in Burma are unlikely to meet the industry’s target, as monsoonal rainfall needed to boost crops is expected to be below average.

Dams under scrutiny; Myawaddy border trade soars; neighboring garment sectors taken to task; visa on arrival scheme muddled; and the president takes on hunger.

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

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.

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

Taiwanese Firms Look to Cash In on China’s Strained Relations with Burma

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

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

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.

Bangkok Targets Burma in Special Border Trade Plan

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

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.

Mobile networks hindered; PricewaterhouseCoopers fined for Burma ties; Thilawa SEZ flush with capital; India eyes Burma’s gas; and a migrant workers advocate faces legal threat.

Thai Coup Leaders Trigger Oil Investment Rush Into Burma

State-owned Thai energy companies are more actively pursuing oil and gas deals following the May seizure of power in Bangkok by a junta.

Burma’s neighbors face crises, an executive jet service is launched at Rangoon’s airport and more foreign firms agree onshore oil and gas deals.

Inflation forecast to plateau at 9 percent, delays to the new airport project threaten to create a bottleneck and consultants eye Energy Ministry advisory role.

More Burmese Gas Pumped Over the Border as Thai Reserves Dwindle

Thailand’s state-owned energy firm PTTEP announces that it has begun pumping gas from the Zawtika field, but little goes to meeting domestic demand in Burma.

Airports of Thailand links up with Rangoon airport’s operator, four onshore oil and gas deals are signed and a gas plant draws foreign firms’ interest.

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