Exporters urgently need COVID-free certificates to ship fisheries products to China via land borders: MFF reports

The COVID-19 free certificate, essential for fishery exports to China, must be issued at the soonest as it can cause disturbance on trading, said general secretary U Win Kyaing of Myanmar Fisheries Federation (MFF). China authorities have given the go-ahead for fishery exports only with the presence of COVID-19 free certificate on products since last […]

Fresh COVID-19 outbreak in Thailand hits most Myanmar workers

Hundreds of COVID-19 cases in five Thai provinces where many Myanmar workers live and work have been traced back to a shrimp market in Mahachai in the Samut Sakhon Province of Thailand, according to the Myanmar Workers Protection Office. The Central Shrimp Market is one of the largest wholesale markets in the country, where wholesalers […]

Myanmar govt should communicate COVID-19 containment strategy more clearly

In the past two weeks, the Yangon government’s social media channels have been inundated with queries about the latest COVID-19 restrictions, particularly on whether instructions for folks to stay at home will be tightened, Yangon Region Social Affairs Minister U Naing Ngan Lin said on December 5. “Some believe COVID-19 can be controlled only by […]

MOHS allows factory workers from stay-home townships to resume work

Workers from factories and companies in Yangon have been allowed to go back to work since October 22, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports. The announcement released on October 25 stated that workers in Yangon, Mandalay, Bago and Ayeyarwady regions as well as Mon State were able to resume work starting October 22 […]

Factories, SMEs in Yangon allowed to reopen after passing inspections

The government will allow factories and small businesses in Yangon to resume operations on October 12 after they pass inspections meant to gauge if they are compliant with guidelines imposed by the health and sports ministry. According to a notice by the Ministry of Health and Sports released on Saturday [October 10], Cut-Make-Pack factories, workshops […]

Govt extends factory restrictions to Oct 21, Yangon govt office under lockdown

The government has extended restrictions requiring Yangon cut-make-pack (CMP) factories to remain closed for another two weeks as the number of COVID-19 positive cases are still increasing in the commercial capital. The Ministry of Health and Sports issued announcement 113/2020 stating that it will be extending a ban on CMP factory workers in Yangon Region […]

Liquor sector among the latest COVID-19 casualty in local economy

Almost all liquor-related businesses in Yangon Region have closed and about 40 percent of liquor stores are likely to be permanently suspended, said U Myo Min Aung, chair of the Myanmar Beverages Merchants Association. “Most pubs and liquor stores had reopened after the first wave of COVID-19. Sales had yet to return to normal then, […]

Myanmar authorities discuss food rations in Yangon

Rations for seven million people are being prepared in Yangon in the event that current preventive measures are inadequate to contain the spread of COVID-19 and stricter or further restrictions are needed in the region. Preparations must be made to distribute food rations to households in Yangon if the current stay-home order is not successful […]

Myanmar Traders Brace for Another Hit as China Closes Key Customs Gate Due to COVID-19

YANGON—Traders at Myanmar’s largest border crossing with China, in Shan State’s Muse, are expecting border trade to take another serious blow following China’s decision to shut a crucial customs gate to curb the spread of COVID-19. On Tuesday, authorities in Ruili, the town across the border from Muse in China’s Yunnan Province, imposed a lockdown […]

Myanmar solar tender not all about cheap pricing

MADAM – I follow The Myanmar Times’ excellent and extensive coverage of the solar tender with enormous interest. Reporting by John Liu – via his latest scoop on the tender results – and other journalists at your paper captures the controversy surrounding what could have been the defining solar power initiative in Myanmar. Alas, the […]