Myanmar land management encounters challenges such as lack of following rules and regulations and corruption

Vice President U Henry Van Thio delivers an address at the National Land Use Policy Forum at Myanmar International Convention Centre-2 on October 2. Myanmar land management is coming across different forms of challenges such as lack of abiding by rules and regulations and corruptions, said Vice President U Henry Van Thio. The remarks came […]

Anti-corruption drive dodges political donations and criminal liability

Nay Pyi Taw has stepped up its efforts to curb corruption by empowering the anti-graft body and reaching out to the private sector. Yet, the announcement from the Directorate of Investment and Companies Administration (DICA) has created confusion among businesses. Crucially, there are still no criminal liability for offering bribes and no effective regulations on […]

At least five more years needed for Myanmar to go cashless

Myanmar’s cash dependent economy has become a burden on the government’s coffers in recent years and a widespread adoption of an electronic payment system in the country is needed. Yet, experts say it could take a minimum of five more years for society to go cashless. “It costs the government money to print cash and […]

Lack of Funding Fueling Corruption in Forestry Sector, Senior Official Says

More than 3,200 Forestry Department staff overseen by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation have been subject to disciplinary action over the past seven years, department director U Khin Maung Win said, adding that the problem is largely a result of under-funding. They were disciplined for violations including bribery and corruption, negligence, misconduct, […]

Shady Bagan Projects Reported to Anti-Corruption Commission

MANDALAY – Locals of Bagan, the archaeological zone in central Myanmar, said they have filed a complaint to the Anti-Corruption Commission of Myanmar and requested an investigation into development and conservation projects that were done in their area. Save Bagan, a local activist group focusing on the conservation of heritage and environmental protection, told The […]

The complex terrain of Myanmar business

It’s been more than seven years since Myanmar opened up to the rest of the world, leading to growth in business. The emerging country however still has major issues when it comes to suitability for foreign businesses. The world was hopeful. Myanmar would not only open up to the world but also begin the liberalization […]

Rangoon Chief Minister: ‘Public Support Is Our Strength’

RANGOON — When Phyo Min Thein was appointed Chief Minister of Rangoon Division in late March, the 46-year-old National League for Democracy lawmaker knew he would face multiple challenges, from deteriorating infrastructure to controversial development projects to foreign investment. The two-time political prisoner—who spent a total of 15 years behind bars—said that he learned perseverance […]

Yangon MPs told to stay clean

Tin Oo, co-founder of the National League for Democracy, has told Yangon regional parliamentarians to place special emphasis on the rules set by the party as the giant city is riddled with corruption. The NLD patron addressed the NLD central executive council and regional MPs at the party’s Yangon offices. “Yangon’s regional parliament will start […]

Corruption the Biggest Concern for Burma Businesses: Survey

RANGOON — Corruption is the top concern for businesses in Burma, which is undergoing liberal reforms after the end of military rule, according to a UN-led survey released on Tuesday. Five decades of military rule left Burma mired in poverty and plagued by corruption, but a quasi-civilian government that took power in 2011 has enacted […]

Oil firms draw most rights complaints

The oil and gas sector continues to draw the most complaints regarding transparency and human rights practices in Myanmar, according to a survey conducted by business watch groups and released last week. Some 47 percent of allegations recorded by the report released from the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) were addressed at the […]