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Mar 1, 2012

In Myanmar, hopes for an art renaissance

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar artist Nyein Chan Su’s paintings have a breezy simplicity. Broad, colourful strokes and exaggerated figures, often in silhouette, capture an isolated country steeped in Buddhist culture but blighted by years of military rule.

But selling them has been anything but simple. For two decades, sanctions imposed in response to human rights abuses kept tourism to a trickle, and those who visited found a country run on cash, not credit. Expensive paintings rarely sold. Cheap ones did. That kept a lid on prices.

Feb 20, 2012

Insight – Philippines tries new tack – healthy man of Asia

MANILA (Reuters) – It is getting busy in Cristino Naguiat’s spacious 5th-floor office overlooking Manila Bay.

The chairman of gambling regulator Philippine Amusement & Gaming Corp is fielding calls and booking appointments to meet possible investors in a sprawling gambling and entertainment project his government hopes will rival Las Vegas in five years.

Feb 20, 2012

Philippines tries new tack: healthy man of Asia

MANILA (Reuters) – It is getting busy in Cristino Naguiat’s spacious 5th-floor office overlooking Manila Bay.

The chairman of gambling regulator Philippine Amusement & Gaming Corp is fielding calls and booking appointments to meet possible investors in a sprawling gambling and entertainment project his government hopes will rival Las Vegas in five years.

Feb 20, 2012

Philippines tries new tack: healthy man of Asia

MANILA, Feb 20 (Reuters) – It is getting busy in
Cristino Naguiat’s spacious 5th-floor office overlooking Manila
Bay.

The chairman of gambling regulator Philippine Amusement &
Gaming Corp is fielding calls and booking appointments to meet
possible investors in a sprawling gambling and entertainment
project his government hopes will rival Las Vegas in five years.

Feb 3, 2012

Myanmar’s ambitious Dawei project faces uncertainty

DAWEI, Myanmar (Reuters) – Dusty roads and makeshift offices are the only hints of the ambitious $50 billion project slated for the thick jungles near Myanmar’s southern city of Dawei, billed by its developers as the “new global gateway of Indo-China”.

Big questions surround the far-reaching plans by Thailand’s largest construction firm, Italian-Thai Development Pcl ITD.BK, to transform 250 sq kms (97 sq miles) of scrubland in southern Myanmar into Southeast Asia’s largest industrial complex.

Feb 3, 2012

Analysis: Myanmar’s ambitious Dawei project faces uncertainty

DAWEI, Myanmar (Reuters) – Dusty roads and makeshift offices are the only hints of the ambitious $50 billion project slated for the thick jungles near Myanmar’s southern city of Dawei, billed by its developers as the “new global gateway of Indo-China.”

Big questions surround the far-reaching plans by Thailand’s largest construction firm, Italian-Thai Development Pcl ITD.BK, to transform 250 sq kms (97 sq miles) of scrubland in southern Myanmar into Southeast Asia’s largest industrial complex.

Feb 1, 2012

At Suu Kyi’s rallies, signs of a new Myanmar

DAWEI, Myanmar (Reuters) – Shortly after her aging aircraft rattled its way off the runway and into the skies of southern Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi crossed the aisle to where three orange-robed Buddhist monks were seated in the first row.

She knelt down and bowed her head, as passengers watched aboard a suddenly hushed plane. Media were not alerted. There were no clicking cameras.

Feb 1, 2012

Insight: At Suu Kyi’s rallies, signs of a new Myanmar

DAWEI, Myanmar (Reuters) – Shortly after her aging aircraft rattled its way off the runway and into the skies of southern Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi crossed the aisle to where three orange-robed Buddhist monks were seated in the first row.

She knelt down and bowed her head, as passengers watched aboard a suddenly hushed plane. Media were not alerted. There were no clicking cameras.

Jan 29, 2012

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi calls for changes to constitution

DAWEI, Myanmar (Reuters) – Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi called on Sunday for changes to the military-drafted constitution in her first political trip since ending a boycott of the country’s political system last year and announcing plans to run for parliament.

Thousands of people lined the roads shouting “Long live mother Suu” as her motorcade moved through the rural coastal region of Dawei about 615 km (380 miles) south of her home city,

Jan 27, 2012

Exclusive – Myanmar has no plans to export new gas finds

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (Reuters) – Myanmar will keep natural gas from new projects beyond 2013 for domestic consumption, a shift of policy aimed at powering its development, the country’s energy minister said on Friday.

Myanmar has opened up to the outside world with astonishing speed since a civilian government took office last March after five decades of army rule. The prospect of the end of Western sanctions has prompted a surge of interest from investors.

    • About Jason

      "As Southeast Asia Bureau Chief, Jason Szep manages text, pictures and television news operations across 10 countries for Reuters. He has been a Reuters correspondent, bureau chief and editor since 1990 and won the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi award in 2007. He is a Boston native and has had postings with Reuters in Toronto, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Boston and Bangkok. His assignments have ranged from Kabul and Islamabad to the U.S. presidential campaign trail during the 2008 election."
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