The fight for resources in Myanmar’s deep south

Tanintharyi Region, the southern tip of Myanmar, abounds with natural resources and the problems associated with them. Residents in the isolated region face over-mining by foreign companies, the proposed development of a deep-sea port, an oil refinery and a special economic zone, mechanised farming of rubber and palm oil, an illegal trade in timber, overfishing, […]

Myanmar citizens hope for positive change after government shake-up

Myanmar’s new government is expected to announce its cabinet line-up for 18 of the 21 ministries next week, and the public have expressed hope that they will be able to see a positive change. YANGON: Myanmar’s new government is expected to announce its cabinet line-up for 18 of the 21 ministries next week. Key ministries […]

Myanmar downsizes government, axes ministries

During a Parliament sitting on Thursday (Mar 17), Myanmar’s Speaker of Parliament said the nation will have 21 ministries and 18 ministers, down from 36 ministries currently. NAYPYIDAW: Myanmar’s Speaker of Parliament announced on Thursday (Mar 17) that the nation will have 21 ministries and 18 ministers, down from 36 ministries currently. During a Parliament […]

2017 EITI Report Aims for Full Membership

Myanmar submitted its first Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) report at the beginning of January which included reports on the oil and gas, jade, gems and mineral sectors. Hydropower sector will be included in the 2017 EITI Report, according to Myanmar EITI. Myanmar currently stands as a ‘candidate country’ within International EITI and Myanmar’s inclusion […]

Chinese Jade Miners in Overdrive Ahead of New Myanmar Government

Using heavy earth-excavators and explosives, miners have been tearing into Myanmar’s northern hills in recent months, in a rush to excavate more jade from the world’s richest deposits of the gemstone before a new government takes office next year. Acres of forest have been felled, leaving behind craters, barren cliffs and a web of dirt […]

Myanmar commercial capital to get $293 million rail upgrade

YANGON – Myanmar has approved the overhaul of a circular rail system in its commercial capital, Yangon, in a step towards modernising a city choked by traffic jams and under pressure from an influx of migrants lured by an expanding economy. The US$207-million (S$293 million) Japan-funded upgrade to the 48-km (30-mile) system will focus on […]

Ministry push to improve waterway logistics

The Ministry of Transport will focus on constructing new ports and renovating docks and jetties, as well as developing the Thilawa port region, using a combination of Japanese loans and government funds, said U Thet Tun, deputy permanent secretary for the Ministry of Transport. The ministry will also collaborate with local and foreign private companies […]

Myanmar to Go Under EITI Microscope

A Multistakeholder Group composed of representatives of government, civil society and private sector said that it will make the first Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) report for Myanmar in 2016 by assessing the selected sectors of the country. The selected sectors are oil and natural gas, mining, hydro power and forestry. “For the upcoming report, […]

Miners Face Permit Delays As Parliament Debates New Bill

Myanmar’s mining enterprises are facing delays in receiving permits after a newly proposed bill aimed at relaxing the central government’s exclusive control over mining operations in the country stirred debate in the parliament. The Mineral and Resource Committee of the Upper House recently drafted a new mining bill and submitted it to the Lower House. […]

Myanmar ranks 41 in natural gas reserves

Myanmar ranks 41 internationally in volume of natural gas reserves, according to a research paper by the Myanmar Development Resource Institute and the Asia Foundation. The paper quoted a report on energy sector from the Asian Development Bank that says the country has about 20 trillion cubic feet of untapped natural gas reserves. The report […]