Meet Mandalay’s jade matriarchs

It’s the men who haggle at the markets, but Myanmar’s jade industry is run predominantly by women, and they are optimistic about its future despite the moratorium on jade mining Every morning at 9am, the intersection of 86th and 40th streets in Mandalay is awakened by the clanging of jade bangles. Traders and brokers in […]

Bridge from Yangon to Dala breaks ground

A bridge that will link downtown Yangon to underdeveloped Dala township received the official green light yesterday, after a majority of local landowners agreed to give up their property in return for compensation. The project, which will be built with funding from Korea, was launched in Dala township yesterday. “We can metaphorically call the Yangon-Dala […]

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 […]

Myanmar Forms Anti-bribery Commission to Fight Corruption

Myanmar has formed an Anti-Bribery Commission to fight corruption and bribery in government organisations, according to an announcement from the President’s Office. The 15-member Anti-Bribery Commission is headed by U Mya Win, a retired military serviceman. Former ambassador U Tin Oo was assigned as secretary to the commission, the announcement said. The formation of the […]