Myanmar to Upgrade Domestic Dairy Products

YANGON, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) — Myanmar is striving to promote domestic dairy industry by raising the standard of its products, official media reported Friday. At present, the country’s Livestock Breeding and Veterinary department is exerting efforts to establish standards for milk products to place them in the market after obtaining approval from Food and Drug […]

Myanmar’s Infrastructure Deficit Outpaces the World

SYDNEY — A wide-ranging assessment of Myanmar’s infrastructure deficit and its ability to start closing the gap has found that the country is likely to meet only half of those investment needs by 2040, dampening hopes that it can lift the estimated 54 million population out of poverty by then. Of the 50 nations surveyed […]

Yangon and Hong Kong: A forgotten tale of two cities

To many people in Hong Kong, Myanmar might sound exotic and unfamiliar. The fact remains, however, that the country, formerly known as Burma, and our city both used to be British colonies and have close ties with each other. Yangon (also known as Rangoon), Myanmar’s largest city and former capital, was once a key trading […]

Myanmar’s New Struggle: Keeping Foreign Investors Happy

A pariah state for decades, Myanmar’s recent emergence from economic isolation has attracted foreign companies and investors intrigued by the Southeast Asian nation’s untapped potential, abundant natural resources and low wage workforce. The first U.S. fast food restaurant, KFC, opened in 2015 and other assorted Western and Asian brands have popped up across the nation’s […]

Japan investment to change the face of train travel in Yangon

YANGON – Tourists visiting Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, could be set to lose one of the star attractions of the former capital, as Japan invests in upgrading the railway which encircles the city. While the responsibility for upgrading the 46 kilometers of track which makes up the Yangon Circular Railway rests with Myanmar Railways, the […]

Tourism industry booming in Mandalay in December

Tourist arrivals have increased in Mandalay due partly to the addition of more Mandalay-Bangkok- Yangon flights and more direct flights between Mandalay and Hong Kong in December. Adding to the burgeoning popularity of central Myanmar is the allowance since September for foreign tourists to enter Myanmar through border entrances with an evisa, available online. Tourists […]

Jade Curse Tests Post-Sanctions Myanmar

Its embrace can bring wealth beyond measure, or instant death. It is a magnet for the most impoverished migrant workers and the most ruthless exploiters. Its haunts are a cauldron of armed conflict beyond the law of the land. In what could be one of its most challenging tests, how will Myanmar’s democratic government deal […]

Myanmar’s Film Industry Gears up for a Sequel

YANGON — With turquoise columns propping up a pink and yellow portico, Myanmar’s art deco style Thwin cinema is a rare relic from a golden age of movie-making that dazzled audiences more than half a century ago. Myanmar’s film industry, once the most vibrant and prolific in the region, shrivelled under a military regime that […]

Myanmar scraps law used to silence dissent

YANGON: Myanmar on Tuesday (Oct 4) scrapped a law used by the former military government to silence political activists, which threatened jail for anyone who endangered public morality or execution for damaging telephone lines. The Emergency Provisions Act, passed in 1950 after Myanmar won independence from Britain, became the military’s weapon of choice to silence […]

From ‘invisible’ to man in Myanmar spotlight

Tall, soft-spoken and almost self-effacing, Mr Htin Kyaw will on Wednesday be the focus of a handover ceremony in Naypyitaw. The next day, the 69-year-old will assume his duties as Myanmar’s first civilian president since 1962, and will preside over a fractious and volatile country in a still-fragile experiment with democracy. Pundits and the media […]