Myanmar’s Suu Kyi in pitch to Foreign Investors After Obama Lifts Sanctions

NAYPYITAW Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday made a pitch to foreign investors, promising a clearer legal framework and opportunities in untapped economic sectors, two weeks after U.S. President Barack Obama lifted most sanctions on the country. Since taking power in April, Suu Kyi has been criticized for delays in forming a commission […]

Myanmar Shifts Gears to Drive Growth in Small Business

Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday set out to promote an overhauled investment law to a new generation of smaller businesses that her government hopes will one day dilute the influence of Myanmar’s old military-linked oligarchs. The new blueprint aims to level the playing field between foreign and local businesses in Myanmar. It was signed […]

New China Refinery Faces Delay as Myanmar Seeks Extra Oil Tax: Sources

A newly built Chinese refinery near its border with Myanmar is facing a delayed start-up after state firm PetroChina balked at paying an extra tax for piping crude oil through the Southeast Asian nation, two senior Chinese industry sources said. PetroChina parent CNPC early last year began trial operations of a deep sea port and 2,400-km (1,490 […]

Myanmar’s Strongest Ethnic Armed Group Says Drug Label ‘Not Fair’

PANGSAN, Myanmar: Myanmar’s most powerful ethnic armed group, accused by the United States of running a narco-empire that has flooded Asia with illegal drugs, has rejected the allegation, saying Washington has blacklisted its leaders for political reasons. The United Wa State Army (UWSA) boasts some 30,000 soldiers who control a secretive, China-dominated statelet the size of Belgium in the remote hills on Myanmar’s eastern border. After decades of […]

New airline routes begin to crowd Myanmar’s sky

YANGON — Asian airlines are looking to expand to Myanmar, eyeing not just business passengers but also the rising middle class there, who are beginning to travel for pleasure. Budget carrier HK Express on Sept. 1 kicked off a direct Hong Kong-to-Yangon route that flies four times a week. Other carriers, such as Myanmar National Airlines, already provide such […]

Myanmar scraps law used to silence dissent

YANGON: Myanmar on Tuesday (Oct 4) scrapped a law used by the former military government to silence political activists, which threatened jail for anyone who endangered public morality or execution for damaging telephone lines. The Emergency Provisions Act, passed in 1950 after Myanmar won independence from Britain, became the military’s weapon of choice to silence […]

Burma’s Sanctions Gamble

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi has emerged on the world stage this month with a visit to the White House and a speech to the United Nations General Assembly. She’s also taking her biggest gamble so far as de facto democratic head of state by agreeing to the U.S. decision to lift sanctions imposed during […]

Chinese paper calls opposition to Myanmar dams ‘extreme’

Opposition to Chinese-invested hydropower schemes in Myanmar is being orchestrated by “extreme” groups in the country and has been extremely damaging to joint investment projects, an influential Chinese newspaper wrote on Monday. The suspension in 2011 of the $3.6-billion Myitsone megadam project by former president Thein Sein remains a sore point between the two countries. […]

Daw Suu – an opponent who prevailed

On Saturday night a slight woman of enormous international stature let a Harvard audience in on a perk of her position: When she is asked to give a speech, the leader of Myanmar said, her staff provides her with talking points. Even better, for her lecture as the Harvard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year, Harvard […]

Myanmar scraps loathed ‘midnight inspections’ law

YANGON (AFP) – Myanmar is scrapping part of a hated law that forced people to report overnight guests and was used by authorities to barge into houses late at night, often targeting activists. The country’s parliament, now filled with former political prisoners after landmark polls in November, voted to remove the controversial clause on Monday […]