Foreign and domestic investments rise during govt’s first fiscal year

In the National League for Democracy (NLD) government’s first fiscal year in power local investors made investments amounting to K1.57 trillion while foreigners made investments worth a total of US$7.44 billion in Myanmar, Deputy Minister of Planning and Finance U Set Aung said at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on August 31. DURING the 2016-17 fiscal year, […]

Timber group replaces sub-contractors with service providers

This comes after it previously said no more sub-contracts would be issued. It announced that the decision to hire service providers was due to the MTE’s capacity limits. Experts have questioned the differences between sub-contractors and service providers and argued that transparency is essential in any reformed processes. Last year, the MTE announced that it […]

What is single origin coffee and why you just know about the Shan State Kyauk Kuu Pyin

In the world of scotch whisky, the term “single malt” has a very special meaning, one that is often revered (perhaps to a fault) by both those in and out of the know. For better or for worse, the term has become synonymous with quality. The reverence attached to it is sort of silly; there […]

Toddy Climbing Business Faces Fall

It takes a great deal of bravery to climb up one of the 50 metre toddy palm trees outside Mandalay. Aung Zaw, a “tapper” or “climber”, has done it for 15 years. Strong winds, shaky ladders, slippery rugs, almost nothing scares him. Today, however, he fears for his job as the toddy industry is in […]

Taiwan’s ‘Little Burma’

A short five-minute walk from the Taipei metro terminal station of Nanshijiao lies Huaxin Street. It is here, nestled away in the concrete jungle that makes up Zhonghe District — one of the most densely populated parts of the planet — that Taiwan’s Burmese population has settled over the past several decades. The roughly 40,000 […]

Myanmar Has Earned Over $370m From Rice Exports So Far This Fiscal Year – Ministry

​​ Myanmar export­ed over 1.2 mil­lion tons of rice in the first 10 months of the current fiscal year, earning $376 million, ac­cording to the figures of Ministry of Commerce. As of January, 68 per­cent of rice exports, or 800,000 tons, were sold through border trade, while over 400,000 tons were sold through other channels, […]

Swedish Court rules Against Importer of Myanmar Timber

Sweden has prosecuted an importer and trader of Myanmar teak under an European Union rule that bans placing illegal or high-risk wood on the EU market, according to information from the NGO Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). An EIA statement yesterday announced that a Swedish Forest Agency investigation found Almtra Nordic could not demonstrate who had […]

Tapping Into Myanmar’s New Taste for Foreign Food

As their nation emerges from decades of isolation, the people of Myanmar are developing appetites for new and foreign things, especially food and drink. Imports of foods and beverages have skyrocketed since 2011, driven by rising incomes, urbanisation and the influence of foreign media. Imported condiments, such as MSG, instant cooking paste, seasoning powders and […]

Myanmar’s forests face myriad problems as logging ban continues

YANGON – Myanmar’s forests are rich. They are rich in variety, in natural resources, and in wildlife. But they are also rich in danger. “Myanmar’s forests are more in crisis than ever before,” said Faith Doherty, lead forest campaigner at the UK-based Environmental Investigation Agency. “If you just look at what’s happened in the last […]

Tin mining – Cornish dreams and Myanmar reality: Andy Home

LONDON, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Hope springs eternal in Cornwall when it comes to reviving tin mining in this southwestern corner of the United Kingdom. Canada’s Strongbow Exploration is the latest to try to rekindle the dying embers of what once was one of the world’s largest tin-mining hubs. It has just bought out of […]