US restores GSP benefits to Myanmar

US president Barack Obama has signed a proclamation reinstating Myanmar’s (formerly Burma) eligibility for benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) programme as of November 13, 2016. Since Myanmar is a least developed country (LDC), it will be able to export approximately 5,000 products to the US duty-free under this programme. The trade preference benefits were restored after […]

Myanmar’s Radical Buddhist Group Gets Rebuked

Myanmar’s nationalist Buddhist group known as The Committee for the Protection of Nationality and Religion (Ma Ba Tha) has suddenly found itself losing support from government officials and the online community. First, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein boldly declared in public that Ma Ba Tha is “unnecessary and redundant” since there is […]

Yangon opens first water theme park

  Yangon’s first water theme park, the Yangon Waterboom, held its opening ceremony on the morning of 28 February. The ceremony was attended by the chief minister of Yangon, Yangon’s mayor, officials from the Yangon City Development Committee, as well as guests from embassies and the United Nations, business owners and local celebrities. The park […]

UN Hails Myanmar’s Historic New Parliament

The UN has added its powerful voice of support for the dramatic leadership changes happening now at all levels in Myanmar’s government. When U.Thant of Burma (now Myanmar) was elected UN Secretary-General back in November 1962, he was the first Asian to hold that post after Trygve Lie of Norway and Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden. […]

From icon to politician – As Myanmar changes, so does Suu Kyi

When Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi spoke warmly on a recent radio show about a critical meeting that followed her landslide election victory, she was referring to talks with the very man who had detained her for 15 years. Listeners might have been surprised by the Nobel peace laureate’s gentle tone towards Than Shwe, former […]

Myanmar to pursue sustainable garment sector

Myanmar is projected by Asian Development Bank to be a middle-income country by 2030 as the country’s political and economic arenas undergo reforms to meet new challenges, said Aung Tun Thet, economic adviser to President Thein Sein at a seminar titled “Sustainable Development of Asia’s Garment and Textile Industry” in Yangon. The seminar was sponsored […]

Myanmar aims to reduce poverty level by 10%

YANGON: Myanmar aims to reduce its poverty level by an ambitious 10 per cent to 16 per cent by next year. Myanmar’s Vice President Nyan Tun made the announcement to some 8,000 workers at a rural development event in Yangon. Earning just US$2 a day is common for many in Myanmar, and the government wants […]

Coming soon: Myanmar Online

On the surface, the capital of Myanmar looks like a modern city with its broad roads, leafy manicured environment, high speed Wi-fi at a sprawling international convention centre, and a cavernous modern airport. But like much of the rest of Myanmar, Naypyitaw is deceptive. Government ministries scattered along the avenues, hidden behind lush greenery, may […]

On World Toilet Day, Calls for Better Sanitation in Myanmar

YANGON —The state of toilets and sewerage in Myanmar should be improved both to attract foreign visitors and to improve sanitation, observers said. Tuesday is designated by the United Nations as World Toilet Day. The day’s slogan this year is “We Can’t Wait,” and the official website says the purpose of the day is “urging […]

Myanmar encourages visa-free travel between ASEAN nations

Consult-Myanmar welcome you to the 27th SEA Games Myanmar, 11-22 Dec 2013 Myanmar has invited ASEAN countries—except for Vietnam, which already has the policy—to allow visits by citizens from other ASEAN countries without requiring a visa, says the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Myanmar will take over the ASEAN chair in the coming year and will […]