From village to victim, Myanmar women fear foreign maid work ban puts them at risk

The ban on women going abroad to find such employment was initiated in September 2014, following a number of high profile cases of worker abuse. Biak and her older sister Van Hnem left to find work as maids in Singapore with few job opportunities in their remote village in Chin State, the poorest region of Myanmar where 73 per […]

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 […]

Minister of Energy to chair investment commission

Minister for Energy Zayyar Aung, who has a close relationship with President Thein Sein, has been appointed as chairperson of the influential Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC). In a new reshuffle, a number of top ministers and government officials, including Htay Aung (Hotels and Tourism), Win Tun (Environment and Forestry) and Tun Shin (Attorney General), were […]

Korea, Myanmar boost forestry cooperation

Forestry experts from Korea and Myanmar met on April 8 to boost cooperation in the forestry sector. The meeting was held at the Government Complex in Daejeon and was part of the 8th Korea-Myanmar Forestry Cooperative Committee. Delegates from the Myanmar Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry and the Korea Forest Service (KFS) attended the […]

Security tightens as the country braces for more bombs

The government has tightened security measures across the country after a series of bomb blasts in Bago and Yangon regions, police sources say. On October 11, a blast occurred in a guesthouse at Taungoo in Bagon Region, killing a man and a woman. After that blast, a bomb exploded at Insein Township in Yangon Region […]

Myanmar to produce 186,650 tons of teak in this year

Myanmar is planning to produce 186,650 tons of teak during this fiscal year, said Win Tun, Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry, at the Parliament session on July 29. The amount is about 80,000 tons less than last year production, he said. The ministry’s policy is to permit teaks and other trees with similar growth […]