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In Myanmar, Facebook brings light as well as darkness

It has been more than eight months since Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by the US Congress over the Cambridge Analytica breach. “I promise I will do better” would be a simple short sentence to sum up Zuckerberg’s stressful two-day congressional testimony. He admitted to US senators that partly because of his mistake it […]

Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport reveals growth plans

Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport is to be further upgraded to better equip it to accommodate more international traffic. Operator, Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL), has also revealed that it is stepping up its marketing efforts in a bid to develop its international route network. The announcements come despite the airport admitting that it is likely […]

Yangon Aerodrome Company announces new milestones and upgrades for Yangon International Airport

Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL) is increasing the capacity of Yangon International Airport (YIA), the gateway to Myanmar, and stepping up marketing to open new international routes, even as YIA is likely to close 2018 with the slowest growth in air passenger traffic in five years. At a media briefing today to announce the five […]

My Aura sidesteps start-up obstacles, builds beauty business

Dr Hnin Leh Khin, founder of My Aura Aesthetic Clinic, first noticed the growing number of local women with rosier lips, thicker lashes and bolder eyebrows in 2012, when make-up went mainstream in Myanmar. “That’s when I knew that beauty would be big business in this country and decided that I wanted to build my […]

Wary of China’s Foothold, Japan Urges India to Help Myanmar

​​​​​​ Japan’s special envoy to Myanmar urged New Delhi to play an active role in protecting the troubled country before it falls back into China’s orbit. “India, with her old relationship, should play a more proactive role in Myanmar,” Yohei Sasakawa was quoted as saying in the Times of India. Myanmar faces mounting international pressure […]

Myanmar Steps up Its Bioenergy Production With Fujita Rice-Powered Plant.

Myanmar is to dramatically scale up its bio-energy ambitions with the building of a power plant in its Ayeyawaddy region fuelled by rice husks that will generate more than 12 million kilowatts annually. The building of the plant, which will use more than 18,000 tonnes of rice husks and operate round the clock for eleven months, […]

Crop insurance, land reform and investment are essential to Myanmar’s agricultural sector

Q: What is the state of the rice industry in Myanmar? A: The government relaxed its control of the rice industry in 2003. Since FY2012-2013, rice export volume has exceeded one million tons per year. Q: Rice from Myanmar does not meet international standards and fails to sell for good prices in the international market. […]

Can Myanmar’s garment industry deliver decent jobs?

Myanmar was ruled by a military junta for 50 years. After such a long period of economic isolation, foreign investment is now booming as economic sanctions have been lifted following Myanmar’s first steps towards democracy. The export-oriented garment industry is benefiting from these new opportunities and is expanding at a rapid rate. Lured by low […]

Regional carriers look to Myanmar market expansion

Asian regional carriers—including Bangkok Airways, Nok Air, Myanmar Airways International (MAI) and AirAsia—are looking to expand operations into Myanmar following the opening up of international visa access at the end of 2016. Myanmar will operate a full visa on arrival scheme from December 2016 across all Association of South East Asian Nations member countries. Since […]

Yangon’s mega traffic jams

The biggest problem in Yangon today is the mega traffic jams the whole commercial city is facing almost every day. Except on the Myanmar New Year Day (on which only the famous pagodas are crowded with a very large number of Buddhist pilgrims) and one or two days afterwards, Yangon streets have become driver-friendly and […]