Myanmar to launch single-stop inspections at borders with neighbouring countries

Single-stop inspections will be deployed at border gates between Myanmar and neighbouring countries to prevent illegal trade, said Union Minister for Commerce Dr Than Myint yesterday. The Union minister told Amyotha Hluttaw that discussions are ongoing with China and Thailand to launch the single-stop inspection system at border crossings. The system is aimed at avoiding […]

Ministry to allow local and foreign investment forest plantation projects

Approval of the present government will be given to forest plantation projects involving local and foreign investments in forest reserves and protected forest areas, Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win told Amyotha Hluttaw yesterday. Establishment of private forest plantations have been allowed since 2006-2007 FY for enabling wood-based industries to […]

Short-term and long-term land grants issued to applicants with no record of land disputes

ONLY applicants who have never been involved in land disputes have been granted leases of land for 10 years or 30 years in accordance with Upper Myanmar Land and Tax regulations and Lower Myanmar Town and Villages regulations, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Maj-Gen Aung Soe told the Amyotha Hluttaw yesterday. Respective district commissioners have […]

Govt to limit jade mining under new laws and restrictions

NEW laws will soon be enacted to restrict jade production within the Lonekhin and Hpakant mining blocks in Kachin State, said Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win at a session of the Amyotha Hluttaw yesterday. No more jade mining blocks will be allowed, and restrictions will be set on the […]

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 […]

Zaykabar chair: Suu Kyi is ‘like a sister’

Real estate tycoon U Khin Shwe discusses his close friendship with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, land confiscations associated with his company Zaykabar and his reputation as a crony of the former military regime, in an interview with The Myanmar Times. I understand that you have a close relationship with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. […]

Myanmar Parliament Elects Suu Kyi Ally as Upper House Chairman

Myanmar’s new popularly elected upper house of parliament voted Wednesday in its opening session for an ally of Aung San Suu Kyi to serve as its chairman, bringing the legislature closer to naming a new president. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party, which gained a dominant majority in both houses in November polls, chose […]

Parliament passes condominium law

Mired in legislative gridlock until the dying days of the outgoing government, the condominium law finally squeaked through parliament on January 22 after years of back-and-forth argument between the upper and lower houses. The president still has to approve the law, but in principle foreigners will now have the right to buy up to 40 […]

Controversial mining bill submitted to parliament for a third time

A Divisive bill that could open Myanmar’s lucrative mining sector further to foreign investment has been submitted for the third time to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw for approval. The long-awaited Mining Law amendment bill, which will update legislation from 1994, was suspended earlier this year following fierce disagreements between the upper and lower houses. A key […]

IGE’s power project to face further delays

A hydropower station first conceived in 2003 will require a further four years of work, costing an estimated K230 billion more, parliament heard on May 18. Deputy Minister for Electrical Power U Aung Than Oo told Amyotha Hluttaw that the Thahtay hydropower project on Thahtay Creek, 20 kilometres (12 miles) northeast of Thandwe in Rakhine […]