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Myanmar farm workers get B1.7m

After a three-year trial that exposed questionable labour practices used by Thailand’s thriving poultry industry, 14 Myanmar workers learned Tuesday they would receive a total of 1.7 million baht in compensation. The Central Labour Court, also known as the Supreme Labour Court, issued a statement confirming that it has ordered Thammakaset Farm to pay the […]

2nd Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge ready for Tuesday opening

TAK: Prepareations have been underway for the opening of the second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge linking Thailand’s Mae Sot district and Myanmar’s brder city of Myawaddy on Tuesday. Therdkiat Chinsoranand, the mayor of Nakhon Mae Sot Municipality, on Sunday inspected the preparations. The construction of the bridge, spanning the Moei River between Ban Wang Takhian in […]

Chinese businesses moving into Bagan

Chinese nationals are starting businesses in Bagan, buying or renting hotels and restaurants, since early this year, according to local tourism and restaurant businesses. The proposal to list Bagan as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was submitted in 2018, could be one of the reasons for the interest, according to the businesses. Chinese nationals […]

Survey finds 37% of families can’t afford health emergency

More than 35 percent of Myanmar households are not ready to shell out K200,000 (US$130) for emergency health care, according to Asia Foundation’s City Life Survey 2018. The foundation conducted the survey of 2414 people in 228 wards of Yangon, Mandalay, Monywa, Taunggyi and Mawlamyine cities from September to October 2018. It said that up […]

The time is now: Why you should see Southern Myanmar’s seldom-visited beaches and trading towns

The recent opening up of southern Myanmar means intrepid travelers can now venture south, where quaint trading towns are untouched by tourism and sandy beaches are local secrets, as Keith Lyons discovers. For most visitors to Myanmar, a day or overnight trip to Kyaiktyo, better known as Golden Rock, is as far south as they […]

Pig, pork product imports remain suspended as swine fever continues to spread

Myanmar continues to restrict imports of pigs and pork products following an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in neighbouring China and other countries, according to the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation. The department has temporarily suspended transport and trading of live pigs and pork products from […]

Myanmar’s black gold lures plucky oil drillers

As clouds of acrid, black smoke belched above the flames engulfing an artisanal oil field in central Myanmar, prospectors from nearby hillsides arrived in droves, hoping for riches from a fresh line of black gold. “The fire’s a really good sign — it means there’s lots of oil here,” Khin Maung Htay tells AFP as […]

Local coffee growers marginally hit by falling prices

A drop in global coffee prices has affected Myanmar’s coffee growers, says U Min Hlaing, secretary of Myanmar Coffee Association. Depending on the type of coffee, the price has dropped to around US$ 500 a tonne, he said. “The weather in Brazil, a major grower of coffee, was good last year so the country had […]

MoneyGram and MCB announce money transfer services

MoneyGram and Myanmar Citizens Bank (MCB), have announced an agreement to provide money transfer send services at every MCB bank location in Myanmar. According to a statement, consumers can send money from 42 branches to any MoneyGram location in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. In celebration of the new agreement, MoneyGram is offering […]

More investments needed for expansion in food-processing industry

The Myanmar processed food industry needs more investment support in order to develop further, U Aye Win, chair of the Myanmar Food Processors and Exporters Association, told The Myanmar Times. Currently, Myanmar processes basic raw commodities such as rice, beans, maize and other agricultural products. Excess products are exported. However, the country also imports value-added […]