Drug production in Laos and Myanmar still a major threat

In December 2017, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released its latest report on opium production in Myanmar and, at face value, the news was good. Since 2015, the area of cultivated opium poppy in Myanmar’s Shan and Kachin states has decreased by 25% to 41,000 hectares. And, for good measure, heroin […]

Japan to boost education partnership with Myanmar

Japan looks forward to more Myanmar students taking part in a student exchange program this year, said Koetsu Yamazaki, president of Kanazawa University in Kanazawa Japan. The Japanese government signed a memorandum of agreement with two Myanmar universities – the College of Science and Engineering, Department of Geology, Dagon University in 2016, and University of […]

Regions and States Seek Permission to Operate Casinos

FIVE regional and state chief ministers have sought permission to operate casinos in hotels in their respective territories during a meeting with Vice President U Henry Van Thio in Nay Pyi Taw in last month, according to U Yan Win, chair of Myanmar Tourism Federation. The chief ministers from Mandalay, Tanintharyi, Shan, Kayin and Mon discussed […]

Index Creative Goes Online in Myanmar

Index Creative Village Plc, the country’s largest creative events organiser, is expanding its online presence in Myanmar, as people there become increasingly attached to social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube. Founder and group chief executive Kreingkrai Kanjanapokin said apart from building up its presence in Myanmar, Index Creative Village is also partnering with tech […]

Why Can’t Myanmar Kids Learn English?

Myanmar students still lack proficiency in the English language after eleven years of study in basic education schools. According to the EF English Proficiency Index 2017, which measures English language skills in 116 countries, several Asia-Pacific countries rank low or very low. Except for Indonesia, all ASEAN countries have compulsory classes in English at the primary […]

Number of SMEs Halves as Competition From Across the Border Bites

The number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Mandalay industry zone has halved, according to U Nay Win, vice chair of Mandalay industry zone management committee U Nay Win. “According to our data, there were over 1,000 SME businesses in 2010 but now in 2017 there remains only over 500.” he said. The number […]

Nestle Myanmar to Locally Produce Half of its Products

Imports of Nestle products to Myanmar would be reduced to 50 per cent next year when the firm’s recently opened factory in Dagon Seikkan Township of Yangon reaches full production. Hayri Devrim Cobek, managing director of Nestle Myanmar, said all the Nestle products in Myanmar have been from other Asean countries until this year, but […]

How EuroCham Myanmar helps Myanmar’s economy

Filip A. Lauwerysen is the Executive Director at the newly established EuroCham Myanmar (European Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar) since September 2015. Mr Lauwerysen is a Dutchman who graduated from Leiden University in the Netherlands with a Bachelor and Master of Arts in History, specialised in European globalisation (mainly in Asia). Then he also went […]

60 pc of investments in Thilawa SEZ target local market

There are 85 local and foreign investments in Thilawa Special Economic Zone Project, with most of them targetting the local market. Sixty per cent (51 businesses) of the total investments target the local market, 29 per cent (25 businesses) traget the export market, and nine per cent service the distribution sector, according to Thilawa SEZ […]