Handicrafts Prospects Good, but Low Price, Illegal Exports Hurt

Myanmar has a long tradition of producing handicrafts ranging from wood carving to lacquerware to sword making, but this has been slow to turn into an organised industry even as the market for these items has risen. Myanmar’s handicraft market for both local and foreign buyers has grown in the last couple of years, and […]

Aesthetic Reforms: Myanmar Art Market Grows but Roadblocks Remain

With Myanmar opening up, the art industry has been billed as an emerging market, but the potential for growth of the market is marked with uncertainty. In order to keep up with global art trends, there is an urgent need for the development of the copyrights law and arts education, industry insiders say. “The prices […]

In Myanmar, a Fight for Affordable HIV Medicine

People living with HIV in Burma are worried that a patent law under development could significantly hinder their ability to access affordable medicine, in a country where about 40 percent of those requiring HIV treatment are already unable to get it. Facing pressure from Western nations looking to invest in the country as it transitions […]