Irish building up a head of steam in Myanmar

When Kieran Rabbitt stepped off a plane and into the heavy Yangon heat four years ago, little did he think he’d still be in Myanmar today, at the cutting edge of the country’s digital revolution. From offices in downtown Yangon, the Athenry native – along with Karim Ainsworth from Belfast – runs Cube Digital. The […]

Myanmar: Asia’s Final Frontier Car Market

Earlier this month I spent four days in Myanmar, the proud and reclusive nation of 52 million sandwiched between India, China and Thailand. My purpose: Work with officials in the Myanmar government to develop plans for a competitive auto industry. The timing could not be better: Fast-emerging and increasingly affordable EV and autonomous vehicle technologies […]

NLD government to face tougher challenges in 2018

Among the many countries struggling for democracy, some succeed, some fail, while others slide back after a few measures of success. Myanmar is one of these countries, which recently gained democracy through peaceful reforms and elections but now appears to be sliding back to its old draconian ways. After more than 20-year military rule, the […]

Myanmar focused on improvement of literacy rate

The government has been building a 21st century education system that will propel Myanmar to the rank of the upper-middle-income nations by 2030. Myanmar kicked off the International Literacy Day 2017 by holding a ceremony at the Ministry of Education in Nay Pyi Taw on September 8, with the objectives of aiming to improve literacy […]

Marking 70 Years of US-Myanmar Relations

Today we commemorate a milestone anniversary in the relations between the United States and Myanmar. It was 70 years ago today, on September 18, 1947, that the US Department of State announced that the governments of Burma and the United States had “agreed to exchange representatives with the rank of ambassador.” That announcement was made […]

What is the Future of the Media in Myanmar?

The media – once termed the “Fourth Estate” in society by British parliamentarian and philosopher Edmund Burke – plays a vital role in shaping democracy and open public discourse. Its role is particularly important in new democracies, as societies develop both economically and politically, with the people given the opportunity to think critically and vote […]

Economy More Important Than Democracy in Myanmar, Survey Says

YANGON — Myanmar people rated economic development as more important than democratic reform, according to a survey of Myanmar public opinion by the International Republican Institute (IRI) released on Tuesday. The survey questioned 3,000 people over the age of 18 across all states and regions between March 9 and April 1, 2017 on their views […]

Aussie lawyers land in Myanmar for rule of law initiative

A special counsel from the CBP construction and engineering practice group has joined lawyers from Japan and Myanmar as part of a special program developed by LexisNexis. In April, CBP’s Charles Brannen helped deliver the first The Juris Pilot curriculum as part of a pro bono rule of law initiative to be rolled out in […]

Split visions of Dawei’s future as Thailand, Myanmar restart special economic zone project

The governments of Thailand and Myanmar are set to restart the development of the Dawei deep-sea port and special economic zone, after both countries set up a joint coordinating committee to work out investment details of the project. In 2008, both countries signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a massive land area of 200 […]

Inflation lurks over Myanmar’s favorite meal

YANGON — Shan khauk-swe is a noodle dish widely devoured in Myanmar. Many street stalls in Yangon, the largest city, serve the ethnic delight, originally from the northeastern state of Shan. And despite rising prices and foreign fast-food options — Myanmar people still eat it up. A bowl of shan khauk-swe consists of rice noodles […]