Myanmar’s emerging rich

As Myanmar’s economy steadily grows, a higher percentage of Yangon’s population are finding themselves with more cash to spend. Imported products from Thailand and Hong Kong can be seen on display in downtown shopping malls – something that would have been impossible two years ago as foreign goods were banned under the military junta. Big […]

Most Myanmar have hopes high for the future, survey finds

A public opinion survey which found that nearly 90 percent of those questioned believe Myanmar is heading in the right direction has also revealed serious concerns about low incomes, unemployment, a lack of aid for the farm sector and the quality of healthcare and education. The survey of 3,000 people, interviewed throughout the country from […]

Uneven development stifling Myanmar

Anyone arriving today at Mingaladon Airport and driving toward the center of Yangon would find it hard to imagine that just a few years ago Myanmar was an isolated country – poor, underdeveloped and labeled by the US as an “outpost of tyranny.” At the start of the 21st century there were few cars on […]

Reforming Myanmar Moves Up Global Corruption Rankings

YANGON — The Myanmar government’s reforms since a quasi-civilian government took charge in 2011 appear to be improving its poor reputation for corruption, with global watchdog Transparency International on Tuesday boosting the country’s ranking in its annual survey. The Berlin-based organization put Myanmar 157 out of 177 countries surveyed for its Corruption Perceptions Index 2013.The […]