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Garments sector poised to boom in Pathein

The garment industry seems poised to boom in Ayeyarwady Region, with a company developing an industrial park near Pathein signing a contract with a Chinese firm that plans to build 50 garment factories within two years. The new factories would dramatically expand the town’s nascent manufacturing sector, which has for several years been attracting interest […]

Myanmar hills embrace silkworms over poppies

TANGYAN, Myanmar (Reuters) – Zhou Xing Ci’s family have farmed poppies for as long as anyone remembers, scraping the flowers’ sticky brown sap to produce opium. Along with many other farmers in the hills of eastern Myanmar, the crop – much of which ends up as heroin sold on foreign streets – has in recent […]

US$400 million Chinese investment proposed for 33 agricultural extension centers

Myanmar’s Agribusiness Public Corporation (MAPCO), the Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF) and the China CITIC Construction Group submitted a US$400 million proposal to Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) to construct the 33 agribusiness service centers in states and regions. “We will construct the 33 agribusiness service centers as soon as possible,” said Dr. Soe Tun, the MRF […]

People Can Veto Power Plant: Energy Boss

According to energy ministry’s permanent deputy secretary San Yu, the highly controversial coal-fired Tijit power plant in southern Shan State, will not be restarted if the people oppose it. “The Tijit power plant is still shut down and the project’s fate depends on what the people want. It will not be forced,” said San Yu. […]

Chin urge transparency on Mwe Taung mining project

Chin political parties and residents are calling for transparency over a Chinese-backed project, with some warning that the project could lead to a repeat of the unrest seen at the Letpadaung copper mine. Geological studies of the Mwe Taung Phar Taung area – on the border of Chin State’s Tiddim township and Sagaing Region’s Kale […]