1 mln tonnes of corn expected to export to Thailand this year

Myanmar intends to reach the export target of one million tonnes of corn to Thailand this year, said U Min Khaing, chair of the Myanmar Corn Industrial Association. Myanmar will be allowed for corn export between February and August, under zero tariff, as Thailand has corn requirements. “Thailand needs 2 million tonnes of corn as […]

Thailand to take care of only 3 million migrant workers

Thailand would be able to take care of three million migrant workers in the Kingdom, mostly coming from three countries, including Myanmar, a government spokesperson said. Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesperson of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said only those migrant workers that entered the country up to December 29, 2020, can register and avail of […]

Thailand scrambles to contain outbreak, secure vaccines

BANGKOK (AP) — For much of 2020, Thailand had the coronavirus under control. After a strict nationwide lockdown in April and May, the number of new local infections dropped to zero, where they remained for the next six months. Thailand closed its borders, enforcing mandatory quarantines for its own citizens and the handful of foreigners […]

Myanmar’s Migrants Face Discrimination Amid Surging COVID-19 in Thailand

Less than a month after Thailand’s leaders blamed Myanmar migrant workers for the latest COVID-19 outbreak in Samut Sakhon’s wholesale seafood market, discrimination has become a part of Myanmar migrants’ daily lives in everything from transportation to banking. Ever since Dec. 17 when a 67-year-old Thai vendor working in Mahachai’s shrimp wholesale market tested positive […]

Myanmar to export corn to Thailand under zero tariff from 1 February

Myanmar is prepping for corn export to Thailand under zero-tariff starting from 1 February 2021, said U Min Khaing, chairman of Myanmar Corn Industrial Association. Thailand imposed a hefty tariff on imports during its corn season to protect the interest of its growers. It grants tax exemption for corn import between February and August, he […]

China, Thailand become major markets for Myanmar avocados

Myanmar avocados are essential to export legally to China and Thailand, said U Lin Thant Aung, the secretary of the Myanmar Avocados Producer and Exporter Association.Currently, Myanmar avocados are exported to China and Thailand through the border under the order system, which does not guarantee the market and earning good prices, he added. “We export […]

Border trade restrictions lifted between Myanmar, Thailand

Trade at the Myanmar-Thai border has resumed after a two-week standstill. After 12 days of only allowing six vehicles to travel between Tachileik, Shan State, and Mae Sai in Thailand as part of restrictions to contain COVID-19, both sides agreed on September 30 to resume trading as usual, said U Sai Sai, chair of the […]

More Myanmar workers suffer abuse in Thailand, group says

Thai companies are abusing the rights of more Myanmar workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a migrant aid group in the neighbouring country. Ko Ye Min, spokesperson for the Aid Alliance Committee for Myanmar Workers, said the abuses ranged from unpaid wages to forced evictions. “More and more, the rights of Myanmar workers in […]

Thailand’s Siam Makro has opened its first Makro store in Myanmar bringing in a new retail experience to Yangon

“Makro was big, huge. We had to book one day in advance to actually go there.” With pre-bookings and queues, Makro opened in Myanmar just before Thingyan. Primarily a wholesaler targeting Food retailers, Hotels, Restaurants and Catering Service companies, Makro became immediately popular among Yangon’s residents longing for an alternative. Owned by Siam Makro from […]

Thailand’s Kasikornbank to expand digital presence in Myanmar

Thailand’s Kasikornbank is planning to expand into Myanmar’s retail market with a focus on digital services. The Central Bank of Myanmar on April 9 approved the Thai bank’s acquisition of a 35 percent stake in Ayeyarwaddy Farmers Development Bank (A Bank), making it the first foreign commercial bank to take a stake in a local […]