Military Officials, Cronies Released from US Blacklist

RANGOON — Burma’s former dictator Snr-Gen Than Shwe was among individuals removed from the US Treasury’s blacklist following the lifting of Burma sanctions on Friday. Another 16 senior military officials, including former Vice Snr-Gen Maung Aye, have been removed from the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN) List. Apart from senior military officials, military-related businesses […]

New US trade preferences highlight challenges for Myanmar exporters

Myanmar’s business sector has welcomed US plans to lift almost all remaining sanctions against the country and reinstitute special trade preferences, but some industries could find it hard to take advantage of the new environment. US President Barack Obama announced this week that he intends to lift the state of emergency the US declared against Myanmar in […]

Myanmar moved off money laundering watchlist

Inter-governmental body the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has removed Myanmar from its list of states deemed weak in combating money laundering and terrorist financing, which experts think should make international banks more comfortable doing business with the country. FATF, which counts China, the United States and India as members, released a public statement on […]

US Investment in Burma Forecasted to Increase

RANGOON — US investment in Burma has strong potential to increase this year, experts said at a US-Burma Economic Relations seminar in Rangoon on Monday. Entitled “US-Burma Economic Relations: The Next Phase,” the seminar was jointly organized by the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) and the United States Chamber […]

U.S. removes prominent Myanmar businessman U Win Aung from sanctions list

WASHINGTON – The United States removed a prominent businessman from its Myanmar sanctions list on Thursday, in spite of doubts about reforms in the Southeast Asian country. Win Aung, the head of Myanmar’s chamber of commerce whose Dagon International construction firm won contracts to help build the country’s nine-year-old capital of Naypyitaw, was removed from […]

US Blacklists Myanmar Lawmaker Aung Thaung ahead of Obama’s visit

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Treasury on Friday blacklisted a hard-line lawmaker of Burma’s ruling party, accusing him of undermining political and economic reforms. Human rights activists step welcomed the action against Aung Thaung, who was industry minister under the former ruling junta and a leader of a pro-military organization blamed for mob attacks. His family […]

Secretary of State beds down with blacklisted businessman

US Secretary of State John Kerry touted the significance of what remains of his country’s sanctions regime against Myanmar on Sunday, describing it as a sign that Washington is keen to avoid rushing its engagement with Nay Pyi Taw. But the strength of his message, which talked up the importance of targeted sanctions, was tempered […]