Govt takes aim at betel chewing

It looks like Myanmar may be going cold turkey on its betel nut habit. Chewing betel remains popular across the country, with the stimulant regarded by some as a national pastime. Habitually gnawing at the combination of tobacco and areca nut – both known carcinogens – has destructive health effects. About one-fifth of all cancers in […]

China’s Higer dominates highway express bus routes

As competition among highway express companies increases, the focus is increasingly on quality and safety. The industry has been transformed over the past few years by the importation of more comfortable buses and a huge change in the expectations of the travelling public, bus line owners say. Six years ago the Greater Man Group started […]

Local, foreign firms to upgrade Yangon pharmaceutical factory

YANGON – To boost medicine production, Myanmar’s Ministry of Industry plans to upgrade Pharmaceutical Factory No 1 in Yangon in cooperation with local and overseas companies. At present, entrepreneurs in Myanmar and abroad can bid for contracts to build the facility and install equipment. Interested companies must send an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the […]

Yangon Rental Costs in the Spotlight After Unicef Outcry

YANGON — Following an outcry over the revelation that the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) is paying a steep rental fee to a former military official, other international organizations operating in Myanmar are facing calls to be transparent about their rental arrangements in Yangon. Last week, Unicef admitted that it pays US$87,000 per month for […]

In Myanmar, a Fight for Affordable HIV Medicine

People living with HIV in Burma are worried that a patent law under development could significantly hinder their ability to access affordable medicine, in a country where about 40 percent of those requiring HIV treatment are already unable to get it. Facing pressure from Western nations looking to invest in the country as it transitions […]

Tobacco brands slip into Myanmar without fanfare

As some of the world’s biggest companies trumpet their arrival in Asia’s hottest frontier market, the tobacco industry has a different strategy: It’s slipping into Myanmar without fanfare. The impoverished nation of 60 million people emerged from a half-century of isolation and brutal military rule two years ago. With most international sanctions against the country […]