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 […]

Myanmar’s Kyat Gains Most in Asia as Democracy Takes Root

The ringgit’s run as Asia’s top currency didn’t last last long. It’s been overtaken by Myanmar’s kyat, long a laggard, as the region’s best performer this year. Myanmar is emerging from decades of isolation and military rule. Saktiandi Supaat, head of foreign-exchange research at Malayan Banking Bhd. in Singapore, says the kyat has benefited from […]

Can This Frontier Venue For NatGas Reel In Serious Investment?

After five decades of oil and gas exploration stagnation and mismanagement of natural resources under military rule, Myanmar (formerly Burma) in March elected its first non-military president since the 1962 coup, and if it all plays out right, it could open the floodgates for investment in this strategically vital oil and gas venue. On 15 […]

Ministry of Mines ready for handover

The Ministry of Mines has set its affairs in order and is ready to serve under the incoming government, director general U Win Htein told The Myanmar Times. All government departments are now preparing to receive the new ministers of the National League for Democracy government that will take over on March 31. At the […]

Myanmar Lawmakers Name Htin Kyaw President, Affirming Civilian Rule

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar — Myanmar’s Parliament elected a confidant of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as president on Tuesday, ending decades of leadership by the military and its allies. U Htin Kyaw, 69, won with more than half the votes. He was considered almost certain to take the presidency after his nomination last week by Ms. […]