Japan extends almost ¥43 billion in loans to Myanmar for roads and corporate finance

Japan extends almost ¥43 billion in loans to Myanmar for roads and corporate finance

Japan and Myanmar have signed a total of ¥42.78 billion ($414 million) in low-interest loans to allow the Southeast Asian country to build road infrastructure and facilitate financing for small and midsize companies.

Of the total, ¥27.78 billion will be earmarked for a project to build a bridge on a road in the East-West Economic Corridor, a route that crosses Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, according to the Foreign Ministry.

The deal was signed Wednesday by Ichiro Maruyama, Japan’s ambassador to Myanmar, and Maung Maung Win, Myanmar’s deputy minister for planning, finance and industry.

The project involves a bridge on the road linking Bago and Kyaikhto, northeast of Yangon, a measure that will boost the logistics sector’s efficiency, the ministry said.

“Since the volume of trade with Thailand, the largest trading partner with Myanmar, is expected to continue to increase, it is essential to develop the East-West Economic Corridor to enhance the logistics sector’s efficiency,” the ministry said.