By Martin Gøttske
As Asean countries has a focus on improving connectivity within and beyond Southeast Asia, Myanmar is planning to take advantage of its strategic location between the two most populated nations – China and India – to become a hub of maritime trade in Asia.
The government in Myanmar says the development of ports and shipping industry is set to become a driving force for the country’s integration into the global economy.
Myanmar now has nine ports catering mainly to seaborne and coastal trade. Yangon port is the main gateway to seaborne trade, handling about 95 per cent of maritime export and import cargoes.