Military Officials, Cronies Released from US Blacklist

RANGOON — Burma’s former dictator Snr-Gen Than Shwe was among individuals removed from the US Treasury’s blacklist following the lifting of Burma sanctions on Friday. Another 16 senior military officials, including former Vice Snr-Gen Maung Aye, have been removed from the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN) List. Apart from senior military officials, military-related businesses […]

Gangaw residents demand suspension bridge

About 200 residents of the town of Gangaw held a rally yesterday to demand the construction of a suspension bridge over the Myittha River to link their town to Zahaw Village. The rally was led by former MP Hla Swe, a member of the opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party. The suspension bridge project is […]

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 […]

NLD set to review ‘new city’ project

Within days of coming into office, Yangon Region’s new National League for Democracy-led government has started to flex its muscles over the proposed Southwest New City project. The regional administration has asked developers involved in the project to submitted detailed plans, while the NLD-dominated parliament has warned that it will be reviewed before it is […]

Canada announces $44M for democratic reform in Burma

Canada will provide $44 million to support democratic reform initiatives in Burma as the country transitions into its first civilian government in more than 50 years. Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion announced the funding via teleconference from Burma on Thursday morning, saying the money will go towards strengthening accountability through data analysis and better government management […]

Harnessing investment into Yangon’s development

The construction market has slowed considerably in Yangon over the past year but developers hope that good times for the industry will return under the new government. When the Union Solidarity and Development Party first took power, development boomed, with high-rises, flyovers, bridges and luxury condominiums built at speed, fuelled by both foreign and local investment. For the […]

Outgoing Government Gives Wharf Concession to Tycoon’s Shipping Firm

Burma’s Port Authority has awarded Kaung Myanmar Aung Shipping Co. Ltd. the right to develop a new area for cargo ships to dock on downtown Rangoon’s riverside, state media reports. The company is part of the sprawling KMA Group, which is headed by Burmese tycoon Khin Maung Aye, known to be close to outgoing President […]

Parliament opposition leaves two more flyovers in doubt

Two expensive flyovers budgeted for Yangon should be scrappedamid criticism over the portion of public funding dedicated to the projects, a parliamentary committee said yesterday. The outgoing region government earmarked K32.2 billion (US$26.1 million) forthe bridges, slated for the junction of Kabar Aye Pagoda and Parami roads, and North Okkalapa junction. But yesterday the parliamentary Finance, […]

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to head parliamentary group

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been named chair of a parliamentary team, the National League for Democracy announced yesterday, fuelling expectations that the democracy icon does not intend to take a formal position in the new government. The NLD leader posted a statement on her Facebook page that listed her as chair of the […]

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 […]