February 23, 2013
Reposted from The Diplomat
What a difference a year makes.
A functioning ATM at Yangon International Airport; a reporter from Myanmar International Television on prime time; a brand new KIA showroom sparkling with chrome and glass; Italian gelato counters serving raspberry and lime sorbet alongside a sumptuous buffet of Burmese cuisine.
On Yangon’s streets, hundreds of new Toyota Land Cruisers and Mitsubishi Pajeros have emerged as clear favorites – even an occasional Porsche sweeps past. More…
September 4, 2012
Reposted from The Voice of Vietnam
Vietnamese workers working at Jabil US company
Vietnam is still a prime market in US companies’ Southeast Asian investment expansion strategies, according to a recent US survey. More…
June 11, 2012
Reposted from the Wall Street Journal
By Natasha Brereton-Fukui
SINGAPORE—Myanmar wants to privatize its state-owned enterprises as much as possible to create jobs, but some control mechanisms may be needed to protect local residents, an economic adviser to the country’s president said. More…
April 2, 2012
Reposted from The Wall Street Journal
Aung San Suu Kyi receives a kiss from a supporter
By Patrick Barta
YANGON, Myanmar—Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party said the pro-democracy leader won a seat in parliamentary by-elections on Sunday, potentially ushering in an exhilarating—but highly uncertain—new phase in this tumultuous Southeast Asian nation’s history.
A spokesman for Ms. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy on Sunday said the party of the globally renowned dissident also won most of the 45 contested positions that were vacant in a parliament with more than 600 seats. That would leave Parliament still dominated by current or former soldiers linked to Myanmar’s previous military regime. More…