From village to victim, Myanmar women fear foreign maid work ban puts them at risk

The ban on women going abroad to find such employment was initiated in September 2014, following a number of high profile cases of worker abuse. Biak and her older sister Van Hnem left to find work as maids in Singapore with few job opportunities in their remote village in Chin State, the poorest region of Myanmar where 73 per […]

Who’s who: Myanmar’s new cabinet

Take a look inside the National League for Democracy’s new proposed government with insider profiles of the party’s 18 candidates for ministerial posts: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (foreign affairs; president’s office; education; energy and electric power) The National League for Democracy leader needs little introduction. Has vowed to rule “above the president”, and with […]

Chaungtha Wind Farm Project

  THE China Three Gorges Corporation signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for the development of Chaungtha Wind Farm Project in Ayeyawady Region with Ministry of Electric Power of Myanmar in Nay Pyi Taw recently. The MoA signing ceremony on 29th February was hosted by U Khin Maung Soe, Union Minister for Electric Power, Mr […]

Myanmar hotel prices ‘need to be more competitive’

TOURISM operators in Myanmar have been urged to focus on more competitive prices and reforming products At a seminar entitled “Myanmar Tourism Outlook 2016”, Thet Lwin Toh, chairman of the Union of Myanmar Travel Association and the boss of Myanmar Voyages International Tourism Co, said that hotel, airfare and package tour fees must be competitive. […]

Jovago Seeks Local Partner Hotels in Chin State

Online hotel booking site Jovago, backed by Rocket Internet and Ooredoo, said it is looking for partner hotels in Chin state as the northwestern state attracts increasing number of visitors. “Our ambition is to propose hotels everywhere in Myanmar, even in the most remote zones. Chin state is one of them – a very beautiful […]

Upbeat Telenor Myanmar expects further growth next year

TELENOR Myanmar maintains its optimism about the market outlook despite the possible entry of a fourth telecom player in 2016. Still in the roll-out phase, the company, which claims to own the biggest third-generation cellular network in Myanmar, has set its sights on expanding in less populated areas next year. “In 2015, our focus was […]

China’s drug habit fuels return of the Golden Triangle

By the end of this year Myanmar should have been free of narcotics. Instead, production of opium is soaring and the East Asian country, once part of the fabled Golden Triangle, is the second largest producer in the world. Axel Kronholm investigates why. Proposing a toast at the end of a successful meeting is not […]

Local, fair-trade coffee in Yangon? That’s Genius

Rubber, rice, fisheries, beans and pulses – the list of primary products Myanmar exports is well enough known. And then Ko Ngwe Tun thought: Why not coffee? Ko Ngwe Tun is familiar with his country’s geography. He knew where to find the right climate and the rich soil needed to grow the best coffee trees. […]

India’s Myanmar Policy

Indian foreign policy has changed markedly since the 1990s, driven by realism and its own economic and strategic interests. One important change has been the increased attention New Delhi has been paying to Southeast Asia over the past two decades. The government of P. V. Narasimha Rao, which initiated India’s “Look East Policy,” also recognized […]

Import of natural gas and hydropower form Myanmar to India

One of the worst decisions of the BNP-led government in 2004 was the rejection of the Indian proposal to lay a gas pipeline from Myanmar to India through Bangladesh. This could enable us to share part of the gas and significantly reduce our dependence on the import of costly oil (and perhaps LNG) to meet […]