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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

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.

China’s ‘Strategic’ Gas Pipeline in Burma May Be Built on Hot Air

The pipeline from the Arakan coast to Yunnan Province is currently working well below its capacity, with little explanation given as to why.

Western Banks stay out of license bidding, Burma’s UNESCO sites need better tourism infrastructure and Air Mandalay expands its fleet.

Burma’s Oil Production Tipped to Decline; Fuel Imports to Increase

Report says there is unlikely to be enough investment to increase the country’s refining capacity, even as companies embark upon exploration for oil and gas.

Production to be expanded at Yadana gas field, gems auction brings in a record-breaking $3.4 billion, and Singapore tops the latest foreign investment figures.

Achieving Burma’s Energy Goal Will Be ‘Very Tough’: Report

The government plans to increase its electricity-generating capacity more than fivefold by 2030, but investment is needed to light up the country.

Thilawa key to future FDI; oil and gas sector still opaque; French exploration firm opens Rangoon base; more dams, despite opposition; rice exports held back

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