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Mandalay region goldfields tainted by whiff of corruption

Illegal mining is flourishing at the troubled Moehti Moemi goldfields in Mandalay Region and some say weak law enforcement and corruption are to blame. IT IS MORE than 18 months since the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation ordered mining companies at the Moehti Moemi goldfields to suspend operations over outstanding bullion payments to […]

Two Myanmar electricity ministry officials arrested for corruption

Two directors of the Hydropower Implementation Department under the Ministry of Electricity and Energy were arrested in Naypyitaw for abuse of power and accepting bribes from tender bidders relating to the design and construction of hydropower projects on the Myitnge River in Mandalay Region. Myanmar’s Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) announced on Thursday it had opened […]

Myanmar State Pharmaceutical Factory Official Arrested on Corruption Charges

YANGON— Myanmar’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) opened a case on Friday against the general manager of Burma Pharmaceutical Industry (BPI), a state-owned pharmaceutical factory in Insein, Yangon region, charging him with bribery over alleged improper purchasing of raw materials for the factory. According to an official from the ACC office in Yangon, the commission found that […]

Myanmar to Join International Anti-Corruption Academy

YANGON—Myanmar’s Union Parliament has approved a proposal for the country to sign on as a member in the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), in a bid to expand the capacity of the country’s own anti-graft body. The proposal to join the global institution was put forward by President U Win Myint last month. During parliamentary sessions […]

Myanmar tycoon Serge Pun joins panel in North Korea

Influential Myanmar tycoon Serge Pun, owner of one of Myanmar’s largest conglomerates, is currently in North Korea as part of an exchange program organized by the Singapore-based CHOSON Exchange, an organization that brings professionals from around the world to connect with North Korean university students, institutions and officials. Serge Pun’s Yoma Strategic Group, listed on […]

Union ministers come under fire for corruption

President U Win Myint has reportedly decided to replace Union Industry Minister U Khin Maung Cho for his involvement in a corruption scandal, Myanmar Times understands. This makes him the second minister to step down on counts of corruption. In May last year, U Kyaw Win relinquished his position as finance minister in the midst […]

Calls to legalise wildcat oil-well operators

There is a need to legalise the activities of the wildcat prospectors whose hand-dug oil wells dot the land in Magwe Region, in central Myanmar. These illegal activities are a source of corrupt practices and loss of revenue to the regional government. These wells, a source of income and jobs for many in the surrounding […]

20 Fugitives, Including Judges, Administrators, Wanted on Suspicion of Corruption

Six judges, two district administrators, the head of a police station and a public prosecutor and a lawyer are all on a list of fugitives suspected of corruption, along with other government officials. The list, released Sunday by the Myanmar Police Force, numbers 20 individuals and includes their photographs and personal information. In February 2018 […]

The first ever Myanmar Business Environment Index 2019 Report

  The first-ever Myanmar Business Environment Index provides a tool for Myanmar government, businesses, investors, and the public to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of local economic governance in Myanmar. First pioneered by The Asia Foundation in Vietnam over a decade ago, and adapted to the Myanmar context in partnership with Duke University’s Development […]

Schools told not to enrol students from other townships

Schools in Yangon have been instructed not to accept the enrollment of students from other townships during the coming school year, according to U Ko Lay Win, director general of the Department of Basic Education. He said the same instruction was issued during last year’s enrollment but was not followed, so the department would be […]