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Tanintharyi dam project draws local ire

Indigenous people called for a large dam project to be halted on the Tanintharyi River, based on the findings of two reports released by local people on Friday. The devastating impact that a proposed 1040-megawatt dam would have on the river and the communities along it were outlined in the report, “Blocking a Bloodline: Indigenous […]

JC International adds Yangon route

PHNOM PENH, 7 August 2019: JC International Airlines, a Chinese owned airline operating out of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, will launch a new service to Yangon 15 August. It will mark the first direct flight between Yangon the commercial capital of Myanmar and Phnom Penh capital of Cambodia. The airline also identified on its network chart […]

Association vows legal action to fight fake thanaka cosmetics

Action will be taken against fake thanaka cosmetics, which have a large impact on people who rely on the business for their livelihoods, said U Kyaw Moe, chair of the Ayadaw Thanaka Planters and Producers Association, on Tuesday. “We are going to fight against cosmetics marketed under the thanaka name that contain little or no […]

Yangon govt plans to build about 10,000 apartments each for squatters in six townships

Yangon Region government is planning to implement housing projects for squatters with about 10,000 apartments each in four Dagon townships and Hlinethaya and Shwepyitha townships, said Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein at a seminar on Slums and Informal Settlements in Yangon “The Way Forward” held at Summit Parkview Hotel in Yangon on August 5. “We […]

Strong potential for insurance growth, but competition expected to be rife: IKBZ

The insurance industry has come under the spotlight recently with the government announcing in April that five foreign insurers would be allowed to operate wholly-owned units for life insurance in the country. Shortly after, it liberalised further by allowing six joint ventures between local and foreign insurers in both the life and non-life/general segments of […]

Myanmar to Join International Anti-Corruption Academy

YANGON—Myanmar’s Union Parliament has approved a proposal for the country to sign on as a member in the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), in a bid to expand the capacity of the country’s own anti-graft body. The proposal to join the global institution was put forward by President U Win Myint last month. During parliamentary sessions […]

Myanmar Trade Show, Exhibition & Conference Calendar for the month of September & October 2019

Name, Venue & Organizer Date Myanmar Phar-Med Expo Rose Garden Hotel, Yangon 05.09.2019 to 07.09.2019 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Myanauto Tatmadaw Hall, Yangon 06.09.2019 to 08.09.2019 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Printech Myanmar MEP at Mindama, Yangon Myanmar 12.09.2019 to 14.09.2019 12:00 am International Processing & Packaging Exhibition Myanmar Expo Hall, Yangon 12.09.2019 to […]

Despite unrest, Rakhine State still attracting foreign investor interest

Foreign investors are still showing interest in Rakhine State despite sanctions and international pressure applied due to the political unrest. And now that the state has better access to electricity, conditions are looking better for businesses to enter the state or expand. Projects related to China’s Belt and Road initiative remain a focus, with the […]

Japanese demand for local gold trinkets on the rise

The Japanese penchant for certain gold and jewellery motifs with cultural significance have seen some US$33,000 worth of such items exported to Japan in the month of August to-date. According to the Yangon Region Gold Entrepreneurs Association chair U Myo Myint, the jewellery pieces, 46 in total, included gemstones embedded in gold. “This is the […]

Getting serious about food safety in Myanmar

Every year, unsafe food and water kill more people worldwide than HIV, AIDS, malaria and measles combined, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Of the approximately 600 million people who fall ill after eating contaminated food, 420,000 die. Food safety—the practices occurring along the entire food chain to ensure food does not […]