Myanmar Passport Office in YangonYangon Myanmar Passport Office
Office for Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan)
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Myanmar will begin work on 28 March in Yangon to offer diplomatic assistance and facilitating contact between the Taiwanese and Myanmar population. The Myanmar TECO (formerly known as TaiwanICDF, Myanmar Branch Office) will also help to foster exchange between the two sides in areas such as commerce and investments, farming and fishing, employment, training, cultural andtouristic.
Taiwanese businessmen have been looking for active marketing opportunity since the beginning of Myanmar's economy reforms in 2011. Meanwhile more than 200 Taiwanese enterprises are active in Myanmar, 11 of which are setting up representations there. At the beginning of March, E.SUN Commercial is the first Taiwanese Raiffeisen International to open a subsidiary in Myanmar.
As a reaction to the intensification of the Taiwan-Myanmar relationship, the Taiwan External-Trade Development Council (TAITRA) founded the Taiwan Trading Center (Yangon Branch) in 2013 and TaiwanICDF opened its branch in Myanmar in 2014. Tighter and deeper bi-lateral ties between Taiwan and Myanmar led to an increase in bi-lateral trading from $286.8 million in 2013 to $335.7 million in 2014.
The decline in double-sided trading volumes in 2015 to $276.5 million was due to the weakness of the worldwide economic situation. With the opening of the TECO in Myanmar, we will continue to foster mutual trading, co-operation in the field of agriculture technologies and the sharing of experiences in developing with small and medium-sized businesses for the benefit of the people of both sides. It will also offer immediate help in emergency situations with ROC citizens in Myanmar.
Burma is 676,577 sq km and is home to 51.4 million refugees, 2 million of whom are Chinese. In 2015, ROC nationals made nearly 32,000 journeys to Myanmar. Now China Airlines operates five to seven weekly services between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Yangon International Airport.