Fast-Growing Coffee Sector Looks for Extra Shot of Support From Government

YANGON— Myanmar’s coffee market is growing robustly, with the country’s beans attracting increasing interest in international markets as well as locally, industry sources said. U Min Hlaing, secretary of the Myanmar Coffee Association, said demand for Myanmar coffee has surged in the past few years and it is now being exported to more than a […]

With its economy opening, Myanmar scoping seafood opportunities

The Southeast Asian country of Myanmar remains a relatively unknown commodity in the seafood world. With a population of 53 million, ranking it larger than South Korea and Canada, and more than 2,000 kilometers of coastline, according to the World Resources Institute, Myanmar’s potential as a seafood-producing state is significant. But a repressive military junta, […]

More Asian Travellers Expected to Arrive in 2018

Industry players forecast tour packages from Asian markets to jump 25 percent in 2018 and 2019, while arrivals from European countries could dip by almost 20pc for the same period. U Khin Zaw, advisor of the Union minister of Hotels and Tourism, told The Myanmar Times on January 3 that the change in arrival pattern was […]

Mergui: Paradise about to be lost?

MYEIK, Myanmar, 1 December 2017: Regarded as one of the last island paradises left on Earth, Mergui Archipelago is fast becoming one of the most sought-after new destinations in Asia. Currently lacking any significant tourism infrastructure, the formerly off-limits region in the Andaman Sea only opened to pioneer tourism in 1997 after half a century […]

Major Dutch timber company found guilty of dealing in illegal teak

Dutch company Boogaerdt Hout has been found guilty of violating the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) for placing illegal Burmese teak on the market. The company has two months in which to clear its supply chain of illegal wood. An investigation has revealed a major Dutch timber company placed illegally sourced teak from Myanmar on […]

What’s Behind Myanmar Military Chief’s Europe Voyage?

Starting from April 22, Myanmar’s military chief Min Aung Hlaing embarked on a goodwill visit to the Federal Republic of Germany with a stopover in Austria. His trip, made at the invitation of his German counterpart, signals the continuing importance that Berlin, as well as Europe more generally, plays in Myanmar’s development as well as […]

Indian Government Considering Afghanistan, Myanmar’s Proposal to Boost Pharma Exports

NEW DELHI: India is examining a proposal from Afghanistan to help set up a manufacturing base for pharmaceutical products, along with another proposal from Myanmarto supply generic drugs, as part of its efforts to shore up declining exports. The department of commerce is closely examining Afghanistan’s proposal seeking India’s help in setting up a manufacturing […]

Myanmar’s remote Wa State suffers as fewer Chinese come to party

In a remote casino in northeastern Myanmar, China’s pervasive campaign against graft has taken its toll. Hundreds of local traders and farmers place petty bets as low as 10 cents, outnumbering a few Chinese who were once the VIPs of a gambling hall decorated with chandeliers and Renaissance-style paintings. “The business has been really bad […]

Illegal Myanmar Teak Importation Widespread to EU, Investigation Finds

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) released allegations Tuesday about what it says is the illegal importation of Burmese teak from Myanmar to the EU. In a two-month undercover investigation, staff from EIA, a UK-based campaigning organization, posed as prospective buyers and approached nine importers working in five EU countries. In a brief, the organization reports […]

Visa on Arrival (VOA)

The Visa on Arrival (VOA) scheme has been in existence since June 2012. There were some initial hiccups in the system but all the kinks have been ironed out and the system is working smoothly now. The VOA scheme is targetted at business travellers. You should be able to get your business visa within 5 […]