Myanmar women garment workers on study trip to B’desh

As part of its initiative to upscale the outreach of its social progamme for women workers in Myanmar’s garment industry, a European Union funded project called Smart Myanmar organized a study mission to women’s centres in Bangladesh to exchange ideas and share experiences which could be replicated in their own society. The mission, comprising seven […]

Myanmar accedes to CLC Protocol

Myanmar has deposited its instrument of accession to the 1992 Protocol to the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage (CLC). The efforts to bring the legislation into national law followed the participation of Myanmar at a five-day workshop hosted by IMO in November 2015, during which Government officials from Myanmar gained insight […]

Myanmar promotes alternative destinations to ease strain

MYANMAR is ramping up efforts to develop new destinations within the country as well as promote travel during rainy season in a bid to make its tourism industry more sustainable. While the plans fall short of offering incentives to hoteliers and travel companies to develop destinations outside of key hubs – namely Yangon, Mandalay, Inle […]

Vietnamese investors’ rising interest in Myanmar

More than 50 business groups from Vietnam have been conducting market research in Myanmar in order to look for investment opportunities, said Pho Nam Phuang, director of Investment and Trade Promotion Centre, on Friday. The research is being conducted at shopping malls and supermarkets in Yangon and Mandalay, she said in the press conference at […]

OBG Report Charts Myanmar’s Development as FDI Rockets

UK-based publishing, research and consultancy firm Oxford Business Group (OBG) published its first country report on Myanmar which sheds light on the country’s new investment law, wide-ranging reforms and emerging economic sectors, the firm announced. With most Western sanctions now lifted and a new mining law in the pipeline, “The Report: Myanmar 2014” charts the […]

Salt industry to collapse, experts fear

Myanmar’s once-booming salt industry, destroyed by Cyclone Nargis, will be completely wiped out within a couple of years unless it receives financial aid from the government, industry experts warn. The storm, which killed an estimated 138,000 people and caused billions of dollars’ worth of damage to the economy when it struck in May 2008, also […]

Businesses worry red tape will remain an obstacle despite reforms

Cutting red tape in line with regional standards is going to be an uphill struggle for many government departments, experts said, as the government has instructed its ministries to simplify bureaucratic procedures to meet ASEAN standards by the end of March. U Tin Maung Than, director and senior research fellow of Myanmar Development Resource Institute […]

Local oil and gas firms form new association

Local energy companies seeking a bigger share in the exploration and production of the country’s oil and gas resources have formed MOGSS, the Myanmar Oil and Gas Services Society, the group announced at a press conference last week. The formation of the group comes at a time when international energy giants are poised to enter […]

Myanmar’s Work Hopes Still Up in the Air

PANTANAW/YANGON — U Than Zaw shook his head as he stared across the waterlogged fields. “Over there, that’s where my land is,” he said, swinging a tattooed arm out through the bamboo frame of a waterside hut. We were standing just off the road linking Yangon, Myanmar’s heaving commercial capital, with Pantanaw, a flood-prone farming […]

Thai Deputy PM off to Yangon for Dawei JCC meeting

Thai Deputy Prime Minister Niwatthumrong Boonsongpaisan yesterday flew to Yangon to attend a meeting of the Thai-Myanmar Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) with Myanmar and Japan over the Dawei development project. As JCC president, Myanmar is hosting the tripartite talks in Yangon. This will be the first time Japan will be joining the talks after being […]