In Myanmar and Thailand, two militaries moving in opposite directions

Kevin Rafferty says as the generals in Myanmar cede power in the historic handover to civilians, Thailand’s ruling junta should remember the dangers of prolonged military rule on a nation’s economy and social fabric. Who would ever have imagined it – singing karaoke, dancing and joking. This was not some theatre vaudeville event but the […]

Myanmar is lifting its game on earthquake preparations with initiatives that seek to make new buildings ‘quake-proof’

Students of the Myanmar’s Ministry of Construction training college on the outskirts of Yangon sit patiently listening in an open humid room, their tools stacked under their chairs. At face value, the class would appear to be yet another lesson in theory for for Yangon’s future builders, a standard curriculum for a vocational college. But […]

Myanmar’s rice exports, production up in 2014: FAO

Despite a global drop in rice production in 2014, Myanmar increased cultivation and profits from export, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). In its December World Rice Watch Report, FAO reported that rice production in Myanmar had been estimated at 28.9 million tons for 2014 by the government, an […]

UN to Help Myanmar Prepare for A Warming Climate

UN agencies have signed an agreement with Myanmar’s government to help the Southeast Asian nation prepare for climate change impacts, including droughts, cyclones and flash floods. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) will support Myanmar to integrate climate change considerations into policies, and to develop a national […]

Corruption the Biggest Concern for Burma Businesses: Survey

RANGOON — Corruption is the top concern for businesses in Burma, which is undergoing liberal reforms after the end of military rule, according to a UN-led survey released on Tuesday. Five decades of military rule left Burma mired in poverty and plagued by corruption, but a quasi-civilian government that took power in 2011 has enacted […]

UN Forced Out of Billionaire Kuok’s Yangon Hotel: Southeast Asia

The United Nations is being forced out of billionaire Robert Kuok’s Traders Hotel in Yangon next month amid a tourism boom in Myanmar after housing various offices in five floors of the property since 2007. The UN signed its last lease for the hotel owned by Kuok’s Shangri-La Asia Ltd. (69) in August 2012 for […]