Social welfare in spotlight as budget debate set to resume

A comprehensive social protections policy that spans the lifecycle from pregnant women to the elderly is set to kick off this year – if advocates can secure a budget for the plan. Parliament is scheduled to begin wrangling out an allocation for the strategy on March 6, but MPs predict the chronically underfunded social welfare […]

Myanmar Army Conglomerate Says It Has Won Beer Spat With Singapore’s F&N

SINGAPORE — A military-linked Burmese conglomerate said it has won an arbitration case against Singapore’s Fraser and Neave Ltd (F&N) that will give it the right to buy the latter’s stake in Myanmar’s biggest brewery. Union of Myanma Economic Holdings Limited (UMEHL) said in a statement on Friday that a panel of two unnamed Singapore […]

Yangon buses to get feminine touch

Buses in Yangon are to have female conductors for the first time, to improve the quality and safety of service, officials said on June 10. “We believe women are more suitable as conductors because they are more patient with commuters,” said Myint Aung, a senior official at the Road Transport Administration Department. The transport authorities […]

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 […]