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Plans to “revitalize” with an economic corridor; Bagan’s heritage bid will take time; Boeing inks deal with Air Mandalay; and China trade at Muse rises.

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President Obama’s visit will do little to boost US investment, Burma joins China-led regional bank, and Asian firms strongly interested in investing in Burma.

Kyaukphyu SEZ: Economic Reality or Pipedream?

Winners of special economic zone contracts could decide fate of grand project

Doubts raised over long-term viability of Hantawaddy Airport deal; petrochemical industry needs know-how, investment; coal to play a big role in fueling Burma’s electricity growth.

FDI, Aid ‘Will Dry Up’ If Burma’s 2015 Elections Are Postponed

Burma’s economic and social development will grind to a halt if rising military interference in politics delays the 2015 national elections, a business analysis warns.

Colgate buys a Burmese toothpaste brand; hotel redevelopment slated for a Rangoon courthouse; millions of motorbikes are smuggled; and changing Burma offers a fast-food frenzy.

Thai Power Firm’s Business Tactics ‘Use Burma’s Weak Laws’

Restricted at home, a Thai state-owned electricity firm wants to use Burma as a proxy supplier of electricity via environmentally damaging dams, an NGO says.

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.

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.

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