US approves $21m assistance to Myanmar

YANGON – The United States will provide an additional US$21 million (Bt730 million) in assistance to Myanmar, to promote economic growth and capacity building for long-term development in the country. The initiative will support the government’s goal of tripling exports in five years; strengthen the ability of the government and the legal system to provide […]

Myanmar can flourish by sowing seeds of agricultural prosperity

On 30 March, Htin Kyaw, a long-time adviser and ally of Aung San Suu Kyi – whose National League for Democracy party achieved a historic victory inrecent elections – became the first elected civilian to hold office in Myanmar since the army took over in 1962. The NLD won the democratic battle and enjoys unparalleled political capital and […]

Who’s who: Myanmar’s new cabinet

Take a look inside the National League for Democracy’s new proposed government with insider profiles of the party’s 18 candidates for ministerial posts: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (foreign affairs; president’s office; education; energy and electric power) The National League for Democracy leader needs little introduction. Has vowed to rule “above the president”, and with […]

Steering Yangon clear of urban disaster

Smart urban planning will determine Yangon’s future and – if the government gets it right – could be worth tens of billions of US dollars. U Thant Myint-U, founder of non-profit Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT), said yesterday that urban policy planning will determine whether or not Yangon will have a multi-billion-dollar-a-year tourism industry. “It will […]

Universities prepare charters for next academic year

Officials at Myanmar’s 169 colleges and universities are busy drafting charters for their respective institutions, which will allow them to be self-governing starting from the upcoming academic year, a senior official from the Ministry of Education said earlier this week. “The charters will be put into effect this December [when the academic year starts], so […]

Private Insurers Take Hold in Myanmar

Sept. 8, 2015 3:30 p.m. ET YANGON, Myanmar—Over cups of sweet tea at Yangon University, Nyi Nyi Min Htet pitches the benefits of car insurance from his mobile phone to drivers who navigate the chaotic streets of the country’s largest city. But it often proves to be a tough sell. Few Burmese understand insurance or […]

Myanmar collaborates with IIIT-Bangalore to set up IT institute

“We are setting up Mandalay Institute of Information Technology which is the centre of excellence for IT modelled on IIIT-B and being implemented by IIIT-B,” Indian ambassador to Myanmar Gautam Mukhopadhaya said on the sidelines of an event organised by CII. Apart from the upcoming institute, the entrepreneurship development institute in Yangon is also in […]

Yangon University dithers on WiFi

RedLink has pledged to provide free WiFi at Yangon University, but the campus has not yet decided to accept the offer, according to U Myo Myint Nyunt, assistant general manager of sales at the internet service provider. “We haven’t reached an agreement with Yangon University to provide the service, because the university hasn’t replied to […]

Experts warn of ‘urgent’ need to prepare Yangon for earthquakes

Earthquake experts met in Yangon this week to draw up plans to limit the damage that a seismic event could inflict on the city and its inhabitants. The Yangon city seismic hazard assessment project, which aims to develop a sustainable city plan, was launched on February 19. The immediate result of the project will be […]

Oxford University Strengthens Ties in Myanmar

YANGON — Less than one year after reopening its doors to undergraduates, Myanmar’s most prominent institution of higher education is strengthening ties with the University of Oxford in England, where opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi studied in the 1960s and earned an honorary degree in 2012. The renowned British university signed a Memorandum of […]