K30b Request to Boost Yangon Power Approved

​​ A request of K30 billion from the special reserved fund, granted by Budget Law of the Union 2016, to be spent for supplying the electricity power shortage in Yangon Region during the summer season was approved by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on March 17 amidst complaints by some MPs about poor electricity conditions in their […]

India set to hand Sittwe port back to Myanmar

INDIA WILL hand control of Sittwe port back to Myanmar’s Rakhine State government in the second week of March, India’s ambassador to Myanmar Vikram Misri said. The port, which links the two countries, was built by India for ships with displacement of up to 20,000 tonnes to dock. Ships with displacement between 3,000 and 4,000 […]

Construction to Start on 11 New Hotels in Chin State This Year

​​ Entrepreneurs in Chin state, one of the country’s remotest and least developed areas, will build eleven new hotels from April as local authorities look to draw some of the millions of tourists heading to Myanmar each year away from well-trodden destinations. The mountainous state is not served by commercial airlines and busses from Yangon […]

Chin Tourism Needs Govt Support

​​ Visitors to Chin State have increased each year, yet the region’s tourism needs the government’s support in order to thrive, according to the Mountain Ecosystem Conservation Association in Mindat Township. Shane Gae Ngai, chairperson of the association, said: “We saw a significant rise in visitors to Chin State. We need to encourage the development […]

First Private Bank Cleared for Listing

​​ First Private Bank will become the fourth firm to list on the Yangon Stock Exchange this month. The lender, which claims the oldest banking licence in Myanmar, has published its finances, expansion plans and fears ahead of the listing – offering a window into the challenges facing the country’s smaller banks at the start […]

Foreign Travelers keen on Going to Chin and Shan States

​​ YANGON – Foreign visitors are keen on going to Chin and Shan states rather than other regions such as Bagan, Taunggyi, Inle and Mandalay, which were previously the more popular tourist destinations, says Phyo Wai Yazar from All Asia Exclusive Travel @ Tour Co Ltd. During December, the number of tourist arrivals in hilly […]

Japanese company to build new airport in Haka in Chin State

A New airport is likely to be builtin Haka, the capital of remote Chin State, according to the Chin State government. Chin State Minister for Transport U Shwe Ceu said a Japanese company will make geographical survey in the project area next month. According to the first survey, the company plans to construct an airfield […]

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 […]