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A Lotus Fabric Business Takes Root on Inle Lake

When Ko Myint Thein Htun went into the family cotton weaving and clothing retail business from the shores of Shan State’s Inle Lake, he did not think he would be doing the same thing some two decades on and helping his village develop along the way. By using some of the same cotton and silk […]

Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport reveals growth plans

Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport is to be further upgraded to better equip it to accommodate more international traffic. Operator, Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL), has also revealed that it is stepping up its marketing efforts in a bid to develop its international route network. The announcements come despite the airport admitting that it is likely […]

Myanmar-Thailand highway branded ‘ecological and social disaster’

Community and conservation groups in Myanmar have branded a planned highway linking a port project to Thailand an “ecological and social disaster”, saying it would uproot indigenous people from their homes and farms. Critics said an environmental and social impact assessment for the road project, approved by the Myanmar government in June, failed to adequately […]

Bid to boost corporate transparency in Myanmar accelerates

An annual study on business transparency of Myanmar companies would be widened next year to encourage inclusiveness and accountability in a larger context, according to Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business, a Yangon-based initiative funded by six European nations. MCRB director Vicky Bowman said that the assessment of companies’ websites would be doubled to 200 firms […]

Timber industry faces challenges in the voluntary partnership agreement process in forest governance

“The government has concerns and the fact that is does not have the trust of multiple stakeholders is a challenge for the process. “Every change implies sacrificing the interests of certain people, or things, for a certain time but it will be a benefit in the long run, resulting in a sustainable enterprise,” he said. […]

China’s troubled copper mine back on track

Geng Yi, the managing director of the Letpadaung Copper Mine, is cautiously optimistic that one of China’s largest investments in Myanmar will “soon be back on track”. Months of protests by local farmers and activists had brought operations to a halt. The project, a joint venture between China’s Wanbao Mining and its Myanmar partner, Union […]