Mandalay trader petitions for mining halt

A Mandalay trader is circulating a petition calling for an immediate but temporary halt to jade mining and a revamp of export procedures, warning the Mandalay market could be headed for disaster if business continues as usual. The petition will shortly be submitted to a Regional and Union-level officials, with its main backer hoping it […]

Ministry to allow local and foreign investment forest plantation projects

Approval of the present government will be given to forest plantation projects involving local and foreign investments in forest reserves and protected forest areas, Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win told Amyotha Hluttaw yesterday. Establishment of private forest plantations have been allowed since 2006-2007 FY for enabling wood-based industries to […]

Old mindsets could impede Myanmar’s progress

Like most residents of Yangon, Hlaing Tint, a 37-year-old assistant lecturer, rides the bus daily. In this old capital of Myanmar, on the cusp of a new era, buses are usually crowded during rush hours, more so around the bus door. Yangonites love to stay close to the door for an easy exit, even though […]

Militarism in Thailand and Myanmar: A Role Reversal in the Making?

Militarism seems to be migrating from the latter to the former at a speedy rate. By Pavin Chachavalpongpun A role reversal for Myanmar and Thailand is starkly in the making, as concerns about militarism seem to continue to migrate from the former to the latter at a speedy rate. Recent developments towards democracy in Myanmar […]

Govt signals crackdown on unauthorised occupants of state-owned apartments

Residents of government-owned apartment blocks could soon face eviction if they are found to be occupying their homes illegally, a housing official has warned. Since 1951, the government has built several apartment blocks in Yangon to house military and civilian staff. In many cases others have since taken possession, often following the death or transfer […]

Thailand should look hard at the changes in Myanmar

THE THAI government needs to pay more attention to political developments in Myanmar and its capital Nay Pyi Taw. It doesn’t matter whether|Aung San Suu Kyi is able to assume the presidency First and foremost: the nature of the new administration in Nay Pyi Taw is totally different from the outgoing one and notably from […]

Amid transition, Myanmar’s Senior General emerges from the shadows

Like many of his generation, the head of Myanmar’s powerful military is a recent but enthusiastic convert to Facebook. On his profile background picture, the commander-in-chief gives a “thumbs up” from the cockpit of an airplane. Posts show him celebrating new year in a traditional boar tusk headdress and visiting wounded soldiers. YANGON: Like many […]

Poverty, ethnic tensions and China top agenda for Myanmar’s new politicians

Expectations were running sky high as Myanmar’s first democratically elected parliament in more than 50 years, dominated by the former opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), convened for the first time on Monday tasked with choosing the country’s next president. After decades of stultifying military rule, all the talk was of a new era and […]

German ambassador says investor sentiment, Myanmar relations could improve under new govt

German Ambassador Mr. Christian-Ludwig Weber-Lortsch talked to Mizzima Editor-in-Chief Soe Myint about the long history of German-Myanmar relations, the hurdles to investment, and the hopes for the incoming government. Mizzima: Today we had a new parliament dominated by the National League for Democracy. So how do you view the changes, or the reforms, that have […]

Shan State officials seek new route for China trade

Shan State officials say they are planning to conduct surveys for a new road that would divert traffic from one of Myanmar’s main trading routes and open up business with China. The Mandalay-Lashio-Muse Road, which passes through Shan State, is plagued by constant traffic jams and frequent accidents, said U Aung Kyaw Nyunt, minister for […]