Mandalay firms fight forex their own way

Betting the US dollar will continue to strengthen against the kyat, importers and distributors are raising prices to beat the exchange rate. “We set the price higher, but then offer promotions for our customers to encourage them to continue buying,” said U Hla Phone Kyaw, director of Rainbow Bridge Distribution Company, which imports high-end brands […]

Is Burma’s healthcare system in recovery?

A few patients wearing wrinkled longyi stroll through a hallway so quiet that their conversation echoes through the North Okkalapa General Hospital, the second largest public hospital in Rangoon [Yangon]. There are no obvious signs of modernity in the facilities or atmosphere of the 40-year-old building. A wheezing air-conditioner and numerous scratches on the pale, […]