E-Visa Holders Permitted to Enter Burma Overland

RANGOON — Burma’s Ministry of Immigration and Population will allow tourists from 100 countries holding electronic visas to enter Burma through three cities on the Thai border, starting on Sept. 1. The electronic visa application was introduced in 2014 and allowed tourists holding “e-visas” to enter the country only via airports in Rangoon, Mandalay or […]

MOEAF members sign code of conduct

As controversy continues to swirl around allegations that the Myanmar government was condoning the “legal trafficking” of migrant workers to overseas jobs, it has emerged that more than 100 employment agencies have signed up to a new code of conduct. Earlier this month, Thai and Myanmar labour officials vowed to take actionagainst activist organisations that had accused them […]

Myanmar to launch single-stop inspections at borders with neighbouring countries

Single-stop inspections will be deployed at border gates between Myanmar and neighbouring countries to prevent illegal trade, said Union Minister for Commerce Dr Than Myint yesterday. The Union minister told Amyotha Hluttaw that discussions are ongoing with China and Thailand to launch the single-stop inspection system at border crossings. The system is aimed at avoiding […]

Registration cards to be issued to Myanmar domestic helpers in foreign countries

REGISTRATION cards will be issued to Myanmar migrants who are illegally working as domestic helpers in neighbouring countries and others according to the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population. Union Minister U Thein Swe said that the issuance of registration cards to Myanmar domestic workers is aimed at enabling them to enjoy legal protection of […]

Burma Removes Hundreds of Names from Blacklist

RANGOON — The names of some 600 foreign and Burmese nationals were removed from Burma’s blacklist, the Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population told The Irrawaddy on Thursday. A move that was pledged by Union minister Thein Swe as part of his ministry’s 100-day plan, led to the removal of 607 names—more than 200 Burmese and 300 […]

Myanmar census data undercuts Buddhist hardliner claims

NAY PYI TAW: Muslims make up just over two per cent of Myanmar’s population, government census figures showed on Thursday (Jul 21), undercutting claims by Buddhist hardliners that Islam poses a threat to the dominance of their faith. Full details from the 2014 count, the first of its kind in decades, was withheld for almost […]

Foreigners taking care committee has its first meeting

A supervisory committee for “taking care of foreign visitors” commissioned by the President’s office met in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Vice President 1, U Myint Swe, chairman of the committee, spoke at the committee’s first meeting. In his address, U Myint Swe said that Myanmar Police Force has established a 24/7 channel to connect the […]

Over Ks56m paid to 180 employees after Taiwanese employer absconded

Workers of the Unipolar garment factory at Shwe Linpan Industrial Zone in Hlaing Tharyar received their months salary and compensation yesterday. Over Ks56m was paid out to the 180 employees from the Factories & General Labor Law Inspection Department under the Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population. The factory, which was opened two years ago, […]

Property Market Report in Mandalay, 2015

Primer Research Report Mandalay | Property Market 2015 Highway to Mandalay The city rises as a property investment Destination The famous poem by Rudyard Kipling immortalized the city, making the name Mandalay more recognisable than the place itself. That situation is now slowly being addressed since Myanmar started the reform process in 2011. Mandalay, the […]

Myanmar census reveals huge urban-rural divide

In April last year, the Myanmar Government conducted its first population census in three decades. The results were released late last month (followed by a day-long hackathon to make the census data more readable). The project, supported by the UN Population Fund, has taken over three years and cost over US$60 million. Sectoral reports are […]