Who’s who: Myanmar’s new cabinet

Take a look inside the National League for Democracy’s new proposed government with insider profiles of the party’s 18 candidates for ministerial posts: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (foreign affairs; president’s office; education; energy and electric power) The National League for Democracy leader needs little introduction. Has vowed to rule “above the president”, and with […]

YCDC planner targets 30 percent parkland

It isn’t easy keeping Yangon green, what with the heat, developers’ voracious appetite for empty land, and the council’s lack of resources. But municipal officials say they are hopeful they can more than double the amount of green space in Yangon under a new zoning plan, taking the figure up to 30 percent. U Toe Aung, a […]

Myanmar citizens hope for positive change after government shake-up

Myanmar’s new government is expected to announce its cabinet line-up for 18 of the 21 ministries next week, and the public have expressed hope that they will be able to see a positive change. YANGON: Myanmar’s new government is expected to announce its cabinet line-up for 18 of the 21 ministries next week. Key ministries […]

Rapid Migration and Lack of Cheap Housing Fuels Yangon Slum Growth

YANGON — Ei Cho Khine once had dreams of becoming a tour guide. As a student back in her village in Magwe Region in central Myanmar, she would often encounter groups of foreigners being led by tour guides while helping her parents at their Bein moke snack stall. “My dream was to be a tour […]

Report highlights Myanmar’s aquaculture potential

A new report on Myanmar’s inland fish farms highlights a number of issues preventing the industry from reaching its potential, including land use regulations and a near-monopoly on feed. The study, carried out last year, was presented by the Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD), Michigan State University (MSU), and the International Food Policy […]

Yangon’s downtown roadside shops increased tenfold under current government

The number of roadside shops increased tenfold in downtown Yangon during the tenure of the ruling government, according to an official from the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC). The government tried to reduce the number of roadside shops, but the plan failed, and the number increased from 5,000 to 50,000 in five years in the […]

Social media drives flood donations

With collection tins and chorus chants, crowds of impromptu aid solicitors are asking for help to “#SaveMyanmar”. By street-stopping passerby across the country, these volunteers seek to raise money for victims of the severe flooding that has ravaged 12 of Myanmar’s 14 states and regions. But in a change from past disasters, powerful fundraising is […]

Floods take a toll on domestic economy

Commodity prices have spiked with the flooding of hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland, hitting domestic consumers in the pocketbook. Experts are calling for a coordinated government and private sector response to ensure the spike does not get out of control. U Ko Ko Gyi, a member of the Pyithu Hluttaw from Mandalay Region […]

Flood damage to crops raises fears of food crisis in Myanmar

YANGON (Myanmar Now) – Floods caused by heavy rainfall have inundated 1 million acres of cropland across Myanmar, a majority of them paddy fields, leading the country’s rice traders to call for a halt in rice exports over fears of a rise in food prices, as authorities struggle to respond to the worst natural disaster […]

Aid being rushed to Myanmar’s flood victims

As local and civil society groups coordinate to rush aid to victims caught up in floods, the Myanmar government has played down criticism that it was under prepared for the disaster. YANGON: International aid efforts are being accelerated to help flood victims in Myanmar as hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by massive […]