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Myanmar: A New Pattern of China-Japan Interactions?

If Japan and China focus on different rail systems in Myanmar, can their division of labor create a new pattern for cooperation? Myanmar Railways (MR) has been variously criticized for its low efficiency and increasing costs. Solutions are needed. Since the country’s independence, the British colonial era meter gauge rail system has not been modernized […]

ICBC Center inaugurated in Myanmar’s Yangon

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) Yangon branch, the first Chinese commercial bank operating in Myanmar, has inaugurated its new center in Myanmar’s Yangon. At the opening ceremony on Friday, Chinese Ambassador Hong Liang hoped the ICBC Yangon branch to become one of the most powerful and efficient foreign banks in Myanmar and […]

Tanintharyi’s Citizen’s Budget to Focus on Infrastructure Development

Tanintharyi’s regional government is spending heavily on infrastructure and its 2017-18 budget focuses on electricity, roads and bridges as well as low-cost housing, Chief Minister Daw Le Le Maw told The Myanmar Times on January 22. Out of the approved budget of K157.45 billion for 2017-18 fiscal year, K119.86 billion has been allocated for electricity, roads and bridges, […]

New Delhi proposes sister city with Myanmar

Ratnadip Choudhury, Guwahati, June 26, 2015, DHNS: In a step to strengthen Indo-Myanmar relationship, New Delhi has sent a proposal for developing a ‘Sister City’ between Manipur’s capital Imphal and Monywa of Myanmar. “India might actually invest to open up more ‘Sister Cities’ in Myanmar,” official sources  from Imphal told Deccan Herald. The senior Manipur […]

S Korea to Open Polytechnic University in Myanmar

South Korea and Myanmar will cooperate in technology development by opening a polytechnic university in the Southeast Asian country. The government has approved a draft memorandum of understanding between Myanmar and South Korea on this project, according to Dr Aung Kyaw Myat, deputy minister for science and technology. The South Korea Polytechnic University and the […]

Long delayed IP law undergoing legal review

: A law to regulate intellectual property – covering essential matters of copyright, design, trademarks and patents – could finally be passed later this year as the latest draft is now undergoing legal review before its submission to parliament. A strong IP law is considered vital to attracting foreign investors who might otherwise be concerned […]

Myanmar, U.S. universities to cooperate in education

YANGON, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) — Universities of Myanmar and the United States are seeking cooperation in the field of education and a memorandum of understanding between the Yangon University and the Johns Hopkins University is expected to be signed soon, state media reported Friday. Discussions have been made between Myanmar’s Acting Education Minister Myo Myint […]

Wary of Official Census, Myanmar’s Ethnic Minorities Count Their Own

YANGON — Before the Myanmar government conducts a major census next year, ethnic minority groups are collecting their own data, saying they are wary of trusting population statistics from government leaders who in the past allegedly inflated the percentage of ethnic majority Myanmarn people in the country. Ethnic Shan and ethnic Mon organizations, representing two […]

Ministry to cooperate with private companies to generate more power

The Ministry of Electric Power will team up with the private sector to address the problem of power shortages. Myanmar is expected to consume about 1688 MW in the summer time. But the actual demand is about 2060 MW. Only about 30 per cent of the total households in the country has connected to the […]