Panel Deals Blow to Suu Kyi’s Chances of Becoming President

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s hopes of becoming Myanmar’s president next year have been dealt a blow when a parliamentary committee voted not to change a constitutional clause that bars her from the post, two of the panel members said. The committee tasked with recommending amendments opted to retain the section that prevents anyone […]

Myanmar looks abroad for investment in healthcare

YANGON (Reuters) – Yangon General Hospital was once the jewel in the crown of one of Southeast Asia’s best healthcare systems. These days, hundreds of patients are forced to sleep in corridors of the hulking, colonial-era red-brick building, dogs doze on the floor of the emergency ward and garbage is piled in corners. It is […]

Myanmar’s Work Hopes Still Up in the Air

PANTANAW/YANGON — U Than Zaw shook his head as he stared across the waterlogged fields. “Over there, that’s where my land is,” he said, swinging a tattooed arm out through the bamboo frame of a waterside hut. We were standing just off the road linking Yangon, Myanmar’s heaving commercial capital, with Pantanaw, a flood-prone farming […]

Myanmar’s capacity, productivity still at the bottom of ASEAN, economists say

Despite its potential growth, Myanmar is still at the bottom of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in terms of capacity and productivity, economists say. “The government is responsible for microeconomic reforms, and it must develop more. The citizens also need to change a lot, to adapt to the new environment. Nowadays, we have […]

Myanmar’s Analog Government Goes Digital

Yangon — Myanmar’s government is hoping to take a technological leap forward soon, by putting ministries online and in touch with the country’s increasingly Internet-savvy public. Some government ministries are going online for the first time this week. Myanmar’s government still processes its business the same way it has for decades: with massive bound ledgers […]