Thailand’s leading mobile service provider Advanced Info Service Plc (AIS) has started to provide data roaming services in Myanmar, according to the Bangkok Post report.
It has become the first international company to provide the service to the foreigners entering the country, according to the report.
“It is essential to have a roaming service in Myanmar due to the large number of Thais and foreign visitors through Thailand visiting the country,” said AIS’s senior vice president Pratthana Leelapanang.
The AIS is providing the services through Myanmar’s major telecom service provider Myanma Posts and Telecommunications owned by the government.
The AIS launched the voice call services in 2011 and extended text messaging services last month, according to the report.
The company has targeted 200,000-300,000 customers in early stage of its services.
Nearly 2 million Thais travelled to Myanmar last year, leaving high potentials for the services.
Myanmar, the alternate ASEAN chairman, will host 62nd meeting of ASEAN Coordination Committee on Investment next weekend in its new capital Nay Pyi Taw, according to the China’s state media Xinhua.
Investment officials from ASEAN members countries are expected to attend the two-day meeting on January 10-11.
ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Treaty will be discussed at the meeting.
Issues related to “amendment of unpermitted accounts included in the treaty and ongoing work programs” will be discussed at the meeting, according to the report.
The ASEAN Coordination Committee on Investment oversees the promotion of investment in the region and relaxation of rules and regulations by members of 10-nation bloc.
ASEAN foreign ministers’ meeting is also due to take part in Bagan, the ancient city of Myanmar, on January 15-18.
Myanmar officially assumed the ASEAN chairmanship as from January 1.
More than 20 meetings including the ASEAN Summit where leaders of member countries and dialogue partners get together are scheduled to be hosted in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw in 2014.
China is increasingly importing more rice from Myanmar than before, Yangon Media Group reported, citing the Muse border rice merchants.
“Chinese rice merchants buy more rice from Myanmar as the authorities strictly inspect rice from the Vietnamese border,” said Min Thein, a rice merchant from Muse.
Myanmar is currently importing 3500 tons of rice each day to China since previous December, compared with 3000 tons in November.
“They buy more 10000 rice bags each Day in December than in previous month,” he said.
Despite the rising demand, the rice price in the border town Muse is stable.
“As it is harvest, the supply is also high. We only depends on the Chinese market currently,” a rice merchant Naing Win said.
Taiwanese trade promotion body said it would organize tours to Myanmar in March to scout the business opportunities in the Southeast Asian country, according to a Channel NewsAsia report.
Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) sees opportunities in the rising demand of agricultural and industrial machinery in Myanmar, according to the Taiwan trade governing body.
The organization sees high demand of machinery and electricity in Myanmar as the country’s 60 million population has poor access to electricity.
As the frequent electricity outages in economic districts of Myanmar would mean opportunities for Taiwanese products, according to TAITRA.
The economic delegation of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council would visit the country on its trip to Myanmar and Laos on March 3-12.
The delegation will include executives of agricultural machinery, power supplies and auto parts manufacturing industries.
Myanmar President Thein Sein revealed his support for the constitutional reform which would open the Nobel Laureate Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi’s road to President in his monthly radio message.
“I would not want restrictions being imposed on the right of any citizen to become the leader of the country,” the president said in a monthly address to the nation.
He also said the constitutional reform would bring about the national reconciliation to the nation which is still struggling with decades-long civil wars.
“At the same time, we will need to have all necessary measures in place in order to defend our national interests and sovereignty,” said the reformist president.
Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is also the chair of the largest opposition the National League for Democracy, has revealed her wish to become the next president of the country.
She is barred from being elected as the president as her sons are British citizens.
The constitution was drafted by the former military regime and was approved in the controversial referendum.
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