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Following an expected 18 percent contraction of the economy in the year ended September 2021, the World Bank’s Myanmar Economic Monitor, released on January 26, projects a growth of 1 percent in the year to September 2022. While reflecting recent signs of stabilization in some areas, the projection remains consistent...
The emergence of the Myanmar Centre Project Yangon, the commercial capital of Myanmar, welcomed a 100% foreign direct investment from Vietnam’s Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) Myanmar in the form of the Myanmar Centre Project which began to take shape in 2013. With the aim of giving a quality retail shopping...
Telenor Group has announced today that it has entered into an agreement to sell 100 percent of its mobile operations in Myanmar to M1 Group for a total consideration of 105 million USD (approximately 900 million NOK), of which 55 million USD (approximately 470 million NOK) is a deferred payment over five years. The...
By David Lawder WASHINGTON, June 1 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has little choice but to stick with his Phase 1 China trade deal despite his anger at Beijing over the coronavirus pandemic, new Hong Kong security rules, and dwindling hopes China can meet U.S. goods purchase targets, people...
DUBAI, June 1 (Reuters) - Emirates' outgoing President Tim Clark on Monday said it could take the state carrier up to four years to resume flying to its entire network that has been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic. The Dubai-based airline, which flew to 157 destinations in 83 countries before...
Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Layoffs in the United States are abating, but millions who lost their jobs because of COVID-19 continue to draw unemployment benefits, suggesting the labor market could take years to heal from the pandemic even as businesses resume hiring workers. The weekly jobless claims report from the...

12 Days on the Silk Road

Charly Wilder (The New York Times) The sky over Tajikistan was a deep deoxygenated blue as we sped through the desolate mountain landscape of the eastern Pamirs. For days we had been driving one of the world’s most treacherous roads, the Pamir Highway, which snakes through the highlands of Tajikistan...
The State Administration Council has imposed K20,000 per SIM card on the sales and activation of the SIM Cards and 15% commercial tax on internet services after amending Union Tax Law 2021. "No matter what provisions the Commercial Tax Law comprises, only once commercial tax shall be levied K20,000 per the...
Local gold price, which has skyrocketed reaching over K1.7 million following the coup by the military, now has dropped as much as K200,000 as the price decreased to around K1.5 million per tical (tical= 16.3 g). On May 26, the domestic gold market closed with K1.5 million per tical while...
"Fix the money, fix Myanmar" This is the slogan of Myanmar Dollar-MYD, the newly emerged cryptocurrency, which is intended to counter the junta’s grip on Myanmar Kyat. This is one of the facets of the revolution against the coup. Unlike A-May Suu Token, a crypto token that emerged after the...