Can Myanmar’s garment industry deliver decent jobs?

Myanmar was ruled by a military junta for 50 years. After such a long period of economic isolation, foreign investment is now booming as economic sanctions have been lifted following Myanmar’s first steps towards democracy. The export-oriented garment industry is benefiting from these new opportunities and is expanding at a rapid rate. Lured by low […]

Coffee growers in Ywangan (Shan State) achieve designation protecting its name

Ywangan, the township in Shan State that has become known for its quality coffee, has achieved a Geographical Indication (GI), the same designation that protects the Champagne region in France from copycats. Companies that want to produce and sell coffee products under the name of Ywangan coffee will now be charged a fee, following Ywangan […]

Civil society condemns crony capitalism

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have unanimously agreed at the Myanmar People’s Forum that a handful of cronies who have close ties with the government are becoming richer thanks to the inflow of foreign investment. The CSOs and attendees to the forum held in the Diamond Jubilee Hall said only cronies got the green light to […]

Mandalay civil society calls for EU treaty halt

A group of 15 civil society organisations (CSOs) based in Mandalay released a statement last week calling for the government to hold off on signing new bilateral investment treaties with the European Union, saying the proposed regulations of the agreement could have a “chilling effect” on policy making. The CSOs specifically raised alarms over the […]