Myanmar needs to break into the European markets, say jade dealers

More than the sole reliance on the Chinese jade market, efforts are required to break into European markets as well in order to protect Myanmar’s jade market, say sources in the jade trading industry. In order to revive the domestic jade market by breaking into European markets, jade dealers exclaim that more needs to be […]

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 […]

Bamboo Shortage Strikes as Demand Rises

Local bamboo enterprises are facing a lack of bamboo for use as a raw material as demand for finished bamboo products has risen locally and abroad. There are very few local bamboo farms and bamboos produced from those farms are often exported to foreign countries. This is the reason why bamboo raw materials are rare […]

Untouched Kabyar Wa beach faces an uncertain future

The salty, humid breeze off the Andaman Sea soughs through the sparse pine trees on the edge of the shore and rolls as far as the clumps of areca palm farms along the ridgeline. The early May sun is high in the cloudless sky, and the waves are placid and slow. Kabyar Wa, arguably one […]

Nepal quake highlights Building Code

The Myanmar Engineering Society is urging developers to follow the National Building Code, after the Nepal earthquake raised concerns on the ability of local buildings to survive disasters. The code is still in draft form, and was initially written in English in 2012. Although it must be passed by parliament to become law, experts say […]