Manufactured by Shwe Daehan Motors in Myanmar, this year’s Hyundai H-1 (Starex) is one of the best semi-knocked down vehicles on the market – ideal for both long and short trips to the country. Now available from International KLM, the sole official distributor of Hyundai vehicles, the H-1 is one of the most popular vehicles in Southeast Asia, already selling over 10,000 cars in the region. Compared with other utility models the H-1 is reasonable priced, given its reputation for quality and reliability. YGN plates are available for this model, though H-1 models are available to view and test drive in showrooms across the country – in Mandalay, Mawlamying, Naypyitaw, Monywa and Magway, as well as Yangon. Moreover, Hyundai spare parts can be bought at the service dealer showrooms. Interior & Exterior The H-1 is designed with a dual auto sliding door and folding mirrors on the outside, and leather seats, full auto air-condition system and an 8-inch ... » Learn More about Hyundai’s H-1 comes to town
When Somphote Ahunai returned to Bangkok after completing an MBA degree in the US, he had $200 left in the bank. Today the renewable energy and electric vehicle company he founded has a market value of $5.6 billion and testifies to Thailand’s highly successful advance into green and sustainable industries. After initially working as a securities trader, Somphote first entered the renewables business when he started producing biodiesel fuel from a palm oil plantation he had acquired. Then he moved his company, Energy Absolute Pcl, into solar and wind farms, growing to become the nation’s number two publicly-listed electricity supplier. Now Somphote has become a key figure in Thailand’s efforts to steer its highly successful automobile manufacturing industry – the world’s 11th largest – beyond the internal combustion engine era into the design and production of electric vehicles and the lithium-ion batteries and charging stations that will power them. On his journey to becoming an ... » Learn More about Thailand powers towards a Green Economy
The Tourism Authority of Thailand says the Kingdom must agree a “vaccine passport” policy by June in order to welcome foreign tourists by the fourth quarter of the year. Siripakorn Cheawsamoot from the TAT says such a scheme would have a significant impact on the international market, where many countries have already embarked on large-scale vaccination programmes. “TAT plans to bring back international tourists by the fourth quarter but that will depend largely on our policy development too.” According to a Bangkok Post report, the TAT is also calling for an “area quarantine” policy from the third quarter of the year, similar to what’s being done for a group of tourists from Indonesia, now carrying out villa quarantine on the southern island of Phuket. Siripakorn says recent polls of overseas travel agents and tourists show that people are prepared to be vaccinated if it means they can travel internationally once more. Meanwhile the Middle Eastern carrier Qatar Airlines is ... » Learn More about Tourism officials call for vaccine passport strategy to re-open tourism in Q4
Myanmar continues to be one of the least developed countries in Asia and has the lowest electrification rate on the continent – about 56 percent, according to the latest published data. The comparative development histories of other countries show that electrification is a particularly important ingredient for economic development. For example, Thailand’s rate of electrification rose from 20pc to 90pc from 1976 to 1996. The Thai economy grew exponentially during this period, with per capita GDP rising from US$696 in 1980 to $2826 in 1995, which propelled the country into middle-income development status. Conversely, the poorer countries of Southeast Asia – Myanmar and Cambodia – have the lowest levels of electrification. Myanmar’s current per capita income is $1333, placing it seventh among the 10 ASEAN members. For sustained economic growth, businesses need a reliable and affordable electricity supply. This is the same for big and small businesses. Foreign ... » Learn More about Electrification is vital to fight against poverty in Myanmar
So what is “there”? “There” is us. The existence of the vaccine doesn’t mean we will have immediate access to it. The Myanmar government needs to carry out an unprecedented logistical exercise for the vaccination effort to succeed. The vaccines need to stay cold. Depending on the type of vaccine, cold means between -70 Celsius and -20C. Once the cold chain is broken, the vaccine's lifespan is reduced to a couple of weeks as long as it can be kept at temperatures lower than 10C. Unfortunately for people in tropical areas, coldness is almost an exotic concept, and to achieve it, we need energy, lots of energy. Due to the state of Myanmar’s electricity grid, there are unexpected blackouts, even in Yangon and Mandalay. Without stable electricity, any warehouse intended to keep low temperatures will require a robust alternative power source, usually diesel generators. Otherwise, the things in cold storage will begin to feel the heat. These facilities are expensive and ... » Learn More about Vaccine: Are we there yet?