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Apr 12, 2012

An image makeover for Myanmar Inc

YANGON (Reuters) – He’s the flashiest tycoon in one of Asia’s poorest cities, with a canary-yellow Lamborghini parked outside his neoclassical mansion.

Tay Za is also one of the most vilified associates of Myanmar’s former junta. The U.S. Treasury has branded him a “notorious henchman and arms dealer,” slapping him with sanctions that froze his assets and blocked his jet-setting family from cities across the globe.

Apr 12, 2012

Special Report: An image makeover for Myanmar Inc

Marshall YANGON (Reuters) – He’s the flashiest tycoon in one of Asia’s poorest cities, with a canary-yellow Lamborghini parked outside his neoclassical mansion.

Tay Za is also one of the most vilified associates of Myanmar’s former junta. The U.S. Treasury has branded him a “notorious henchman and arms dealer,” slapping him with sanctions that froze his assets and blocked his jet-setting family from cities across the globe.

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.

    • 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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