Seizing Opportunity in Myanmar
A father and son leap to fill a needed role in the emerging market of Myanmar.
October 17, 2015
As Myanmar opens to the world, companies from neighbouring countries are setting up branches across the country. Ever more goods are flowing into the country, most of them carried on Myanmar’s major waterways.
Kai, who two years ago struggled to make a living selling transport tickets, today runs a business helping truck drivers and boat owners load and unload their cargoes of flour, rice, cement and oil drums. Working ten hours daily with his four staff, his dream is to buy his own truck – a second-hand Tata transporter that he can use to move goods by expressway from Yangon, the Myanmar capital, to Mandalay, the economic hub of the country’s north.
Already he has found a mechanic to keep his truck maintained, and his thirteen-year-old son is studying English so he can help his father deal with foreign customers.
Text and photographs by Michael Heeck
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