Unlicensed cars selling well after levying income tax

With the imposition of income tax on new cars, unlicensed cars are selling well in the southern Shan State car market, it is learnt from local car dealers. The number of dealers in unlicensed cars are increasing after the imposition of the income tax in the incumbent government’s tenure, and the licensed car market is […]

The Wartime Supply Road That Became Myanmar’s Thriving Trade Route

YANGON — As trucks barrel down the well-paved road between Mandalay and the southwest of China, few of the men working on the construction sites lining the road probably realize that it was once a vital wartime supply route. As Myanmar’s overland tradewith China expands, the roadis now being revived as a bustling trade artery between the two countries. In Mandalay, […]

Pocket change: Myanmar banks on mobile money

YANGON – Carrying her wages in wads of cash across Myanmar was once a risky, onerous but unavoidable ritual for maid Khin Myint Oo. But now she just pings off a text to move the money to her children back home as mobile banking sweeps into a country whose people have for decades been locked […]

Sule Square Project Breaches Building Regulations, Says Inspection Committee

RANGOON—The High-Rise Inspection Committee (HIC) of Rangoon’s municipal body said that the Sule Square commercial complex includes two extra floors for which the developers do not have permission to add. Construction of the 23-floor structure is nearly complete. Aung San Win, secretary of the HIC within the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), told The Irrawaddy […]

Easy Coffee and Gentleman Roasters Inspire in Emerging Myanmar

Since launching in 2013 in Myanmar’s largest city Yangon, Easy Coffee has helped define the emerging specialty coffee scene there, landing on the must-visit list of virtually every coffee-related tourist guide. For as much as they appreciate the mentions, Javier Phua Jun Xin and Melissa Koh Peck Shan, the Singaporean husband and wife team behind Easy Coffee first […]

Firm to bring big screens to small towns

Movie-loving Myanmar is suffering from a dearth of cinemas, which local firm MAZE is hoping to remedy. The company is kicking off a K20 billion two-year project to build 100 theatres across different states and regions. There were more than 400 cinemas nationwide in the early 1980s, but by the 2010s this had dropped to […]

Promised work, Myanmar women instead forced to marry in China

HLAING THAR YAR (Myanmar) — Enticed by work in China, hundreds of poor young Myanmar women are instead being duped into marriage, and left to scramble to get back across remote borders before they are forced into life with husbands they have never met. In April, Ms Kyi Pyar Soe, 22, vanished from her community […]

Reorganised MIC grants eight licences

In what may be an accelerating trend toward a more value-added economy, the reorganised Myanmar Investment Commission has granted licences to eight companies, including several in the manufacturing sector. This represents a change from the past, when most companies seeking MIC licences were in extractive industries. MIC was reorganised with new cabinet members, private entrepreneurs, and […]

Thailand reaffirms Dawei plans, but does Myanmar?

“The governments of Thailand and Myanmar reaffirmed that the Dawei megaproject will create thousands of jobs and improve the livelihoods of people along the border,” according to Thailand’s caretaker Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha. Prayuth was speaking at a joint press conference in Bangkok on Friday. Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi also addressed reporters, […]

Myanmar’s coffee growers bank on specialty niche

MANDALAY, Myanmar — When Tin Win Win opened Fuji Coffee House and Restaurant in Yangon in 1996, she had to make special trips abroad to source quality coffee beans. “She used to hand carry back Brazilian and African beans and process them with a mini-roaster,” recalled her son, Thu Zaw, who now heads the family’s […]