It is the end of a long day of work for 14-year-old Ma Thida Aye. She has been offloading bags of cement and cases of beer from ships berthed at Ngalapwe port since sunrise, taking in K100 for each bag she offloads and carries inland to a depot.
President U Thein Sein has suspended the Myitsone Dam project until the end of his current term. Once this is over, CPI Yunnan International Power Investment Company (CPIYN) says it is hoping to restart work.
The Ministry of Energy called an emergency meeting yesterday after an unnamed official told state newspaper Myanma Alinn that bidding rounds for oil and gas blocks would be announced next year.
Domestic banks fear that international lenders opening branch offices in Myanmar will pursue an aggressive strategy and poach the best local clients, but commentators believe this is unlikely to happen, for now.