Power struggle: supply falls short

Despite ongoing energy projects, the country’s chronic electricity shortage is set to continue, Minister for Electric Power U Khin Maung Soe says. “Electricity generated from hydropower, natural gas and coal-fired plants cannot overcome the country’s chronic shortage of electricity,” he said at a press conference earlier this month. The minister said Myanmar’s power consumption had […]

Ahead of Elections, Thilawa Pitched as Jobs Booster

YANGON — Officials hope that the soon-to-start “Special Economic Zone” at Thilawa near Myanmar’s commercial capital Yangon will underpin a jobs boom in time for the country’s 2015 elections. Building work at the 6,000-acre Thilawa SEZ will begin soon, according to Set Aung, deputy governor of Myanmar’s Central Bank. Set Aung told The Irrawaddy that […]