One-year logging ban proposed

A temporary ban on logging has been proposed to the government and is likely to be approved, according to Myanma Timber Enterprise managing director U Saw John Shwe Ba, though restrictions are not yet in place, as has been widely reported. Though U Saw John Shwe Ba told The Myanmar Times that a one-year ban […]

Ministry suspends controversial Yangon tender

The Ministry of Information has stopped selling application forms for a controversial tender, following a motion in parliament to suspend the tender process. No further tender application forms will be distributed in the case of the 90-acre Yegu transmitter site in Mayangone township, Yangon, at the corner of Waizayandar and Gandamar roads, an official from […]

Myanmar slaps fresh ban on maids for Singapore

About 500 women from Myanmar have been barred in the past three weeks from leaving their country to work in Singapore as maids, said employment agencies. The Myanmar government has imposed a ban before, citing ill-treatment and abuse of maids. “We used to have about 20 maids from Myanmar coming in every week,” said Mr […]

Imported Timbers Key for Wood Processing Industry

The growth of Myanmar’s timber-processing industry will rely more on timbers imported from abroad than those produced domestically, industry insiders say. Despite heaving logging inside Myanmar, raw timber from outside of the country will ensure more profit for the timber-processing plants, which have increasingly received foreign investment, said U Bar Bar Cho from the Myanmar […]

YCDC to Ban Street Vendors from September

The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) has announced that beginning in September street vendors will be banned in 33 townships that make up YCDC’s territory. Currently, street vendors are allowed to setup stalls on the pavement between the hours of 3-9 pm. YCDC said street vendors and stalls are causing disruptions to passing pedestrians, contributing […]

750,000 Tonnes of Left Logs to Be Sold Via Open Tenders

More than half a million tonnes of logs which are left at wood yards throughout Myanmar following a state-imposed log export ban will be up for sale soon through open tenders, a minister said. As the government enforced a ban on exports of raw timber from April 1, over 750,000 tonnes of logs got stuck […]

Myanmar reduces teak production to preserve forests

YANGON – Myanmar will cut its output of processed teak by around a third this fiscal year, a senior official said Friday, to preserve its dwindling forests.  “We have decided to reduce the rate of teak production year by year,” Aye Myint Maung, deputy minister of environmental conservation and forestry, told Parliament. A maximum of […]

Myanmar’s log export ban to hurt businessmen but help forests

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar will ban the export of raw timber logs from April 1, choking off profits in a sector that provided critical funding to the country’s former military rulers for decades, as a new reformist government steps up efforts to save forests. Myanmar has some of Asia’s largest remaining expanses of forests, from […]

Timber merchants, China must cooperate if export ban is to succeed

Burma’s Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry announced six months ago that a ban on the export of raw timber will go into effect on 1 April 2014. As that date nears, the Myanmar Timber Merchants Association (MTMA) has requested that foreign timber merchants cooperate with government policymakers to avoid the illegal export of timber. […]

Wood Factories in Burma to Beat 2014 Log Export Ban

With a ban on log exports set for next year, foreign buyers of Burmese teak and other rare woods are looking to open timber processing facilities inside Burma. A new law coming into force on April 1 will prohibit the export of all raw tree logs, but it will not stop firms from processing timber […]