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On the lookout for the silver lining: supporting e-commerce in Laos

13 to 16 April was Pi Mai, the Lao national holiday that welcomes in the Buddhist new year. Usually characterised by festive gatherings, water fights and the consumption of large quantities of Beer Lao, this year it was quiet and subdued, as the country of seven million entered ...

Tamara Failor, Nicola Nixon

Technology and e-commerce companies respond to the crisis

Services that deliver food, groceries, medical supplies and packages are among the few businesses thriving during the COVID-19 pandemic after local authorities ordered the closure of bars, dine-in restaurants, and entertainment facilities throughout much of Myanmar. More and more Myanmar people are practising social distancing ...

Andrew King

Farmers in Thailand Welcoming New Law Allowing Cultivation of Marijuana for Medical Use

Farmers in Thailand are welcoming a new law allowing cultivation and use of marijuana for medical purposes Wednesday, in an Asian first that promises an economic bonanza but also fears that foreign companies could reap the rewards. Thailand’s National Assembly passed a bill Tuesday legalizing the use ...

Agence France-Presse

Time for Myanmar to grow away from illicit trade

Recent findings from the Index underscore the challenge that Myanmar faces in combating illicit trade. Myanmar ranks 82nd out of 84 countries evaluated, with an overall score of 23.0 (out of 100). This means that — apart from Iraq and Libya — Myanmar shows the ...

$64b GMS action plan

Cambodia as a member of the six-nation Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) endorsed a five-year action plan framework that includes $64 billion in projects to help the sub-region achieve inclusive growth and sustainable development. Keep reading   ...

Sum Manet

Ministry finds no proof of alleged pepper price scam

The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has not discovered price manipulation from foreign traders in the pepper market following Việt Nam’s Pepper Association (VPA)’s blame.Keep reading ...

Fibre, yarn exports surge over last 7 months

Over 341,000 tonnes of fibre and yarn were shipped abroad for $933.4 million in the first half of this year alone, up 18.5 per cent in volume and 29.47 per cent in value, according to the General Department of Customs. Keep reading ...

China may sell electricity to Myanmar amid warming ties

Energy-hungry Myanmar is in initial talks to buy electricity from China, according to officials and documents reviewed by Reuters, in the latest sign of warming ties with Beijing under leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Since taking office in April last year, Ms Suu Kyi has sought ...

Traded hydropower firms see better results in 2017

High rainfall volume and domestic demand have raised hydropower plant earnings in the first six months of 2017 and promised to lift their performances in the remaining half, according to Việt Dragon Securities Corp (VDSC). Two of the nine hydropower plant operators trading on the ...

Myanmar’s stakes in two Belt and Road economic corridors

Myanmar is involved in two of the six economic corridors under China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), according to a report from a multinational professional services firm.The country’s involvement in the two corridors underlines its geopolitical advantage in facilitating the connectivity between China and South ...

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