China faces tougher laws in Myanmar

In the wake of the controversial Myitsone dam, Aung San Suu Kyi is demanding more from investors involved in high risk projects, reports Vicky Bowman A new government took power in Myanmar on March 31, 2016, led in practice, if not on paper, by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.  Governments and businesses around the world are keenly […]

As Suu Kyi heads home, solving dam deadlock remains key to improving ties between China and Myanmar

The improvement of ties between China and Myanmar still hinges on a deadlocked dam project despite Aung San Suu Kyi’s largely successful visit to China as Myanmar’s de facto leader, according to diplomatic observers. The suspension of the US$3.6 billion Myitsone project on the Irrawaddy River by Suu Kyi’s predecessor Thein Sein in 2011 plunged […]

Burmese company looking for JV partner to invest in Boutique Hotel near Mandalay & Mingun

Mingun Pagoda along the Irrawaddy River   Location Of The Project: Strand Road, Between Sagaing and Mingun (also referred to as Min Kun), Opposite Bank of Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma) and three other options in terms of possible location. Above mentioned land area is the best location for a hotel with the river view. The land […]

17 Factories Suspended After Polluting Lake in Central Burma

MANDALAY — The Mandalay municipal government has suspended operations of 17 factories in one of the city’s largest industrial zones, citing diminished fish populations caused by water pollution in Taungthaman Lake. A Water and Sanitation Department official told The Irrawaddy that the factories, which include sugar refinery, canning, liquor brewing and leather curing facilities in […]

Myanmar River Cruises

As the world reflects on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, it’s also useful to recall how those societies behind the Iron Curtain emerged as travel destinations. The most successful were those that lay along the Danube River. In the early 1990s the main impediment to travel in the newly opened […]

Dispatch: Sanctuary Ananda Lifts the Standards on the Irrawaddy

<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=””></img></a> The Irrawaddy River winds across the dusty Central Plains of Myanmar passing thousands of golden stupas and pagodas: the residue of lost kingdoms and British colonial schemes. Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, destinations that are traditionally more familiar with backpackers have in recent years grown increasingly popular with luxury travelers. Though Myanmar […]

Myanmar Can Renegotiate Dam Deals to Keep More Power, Says Chinese Firm

YANGON — A Chinese firm that signed deals with Myanmar’s former military rulers to build hydro dams said it could renegotiate the terms, which would see some projects supplying 90 percent of power to China, in order to allow more power for domestic consumption. Myanmar’s unreliable power supply is undermining economic development in Asia’s second-poorest […]

China’s New Economic Priorities Offer ‘Exit Strategy’ on Myitsone Dam

New financial constraints imposed by Beijing to deal with China’s bloated economy could lead to the controversial Myitsone hydroelectric dam project in northern Myanmar being quietly abandoned. The Naypyidaw government has been under pressure from China Power Investment Corporation (CPI) to lift a suspension of construction imposed in 2011 by President Thein Sein, but new […]

Power shortages hold Myanmar back

The recent protests in Yangon against a hike in electricity charges have shed some light on Myanmar’s serious power crisis. In the past three years Myanmar has witnessed the suspension of the Chinese-invested Myitsone dam project, mass demonstrations against blackouts in big cities like Yangon and Mandalay, and protests against the rate rise. Electricity is […]

Myanmar’s Old Guard Clings to $8B Jade Empire

HPAKANT, Kachin State — Tin Tun picked all night through teetering heaps of rubble to find the palm-sized lump of jade he now holds in his hand. He hopes it will make him a fortune. It’s happened before. “Last year I found a stone worth 50 million kyat,” he said, trekking past the craters and […]