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Myanmar’s Planning and Finance Minister Submits Resignation

NAYPYITAW — Planning and Finance Minister U Kyaw Win has submitted his resignation to the president amid reports that he is being investigated by the Anti-Corruption Commission and the Bureau of Special Investigation (BSI), sources close to the matter told The Irrawaddy. Since last week, news reports have circulated alleging that the minister and his […]

Elite Petrochemical launches first private-sector LPG project in Myanmar

Elite Petrochemical Co launched its Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Terminal and Port Facility at the Thilawa Special Economic Zone on Saturday. The terminal is the first private sector-led LPG investment open for business in the country. The terminal was developed under a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) agreement across 49 acres of land in Thilawa […]

Infrastructure, safety standards needed for LPG industry to take off

The government is now more than half way through its term and time is running out for it to make good on its promise to double Myanmar’s supply of electricity within the next two years. But the government is not without backup plans to help it achieve its goals, one of which is replacing the […]

China’s poverty alleviation efforts in Myanmar help ease Rakhine State situation

China has been paying close attention to the Rakhine State conflict in Myanmar and the ensuing refugee exodus to Bangladesh. In March, during the legislative two sessions, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China has always insisted on a peaceful and rightful way of dealing with international affairs, especially those at the center of attention. Nearly […]

Myanmar tackles housing for poor

Though Myanmar’s real estate sector last year faced many challenges, the government is planning to meet the housing needs of low-income people by working with development partners and private companies, according to speakers at the Myanmar Infrastructure Summit 2018 held March 20 to 22. Win Naing, deputy director at the Department of Urban and Housing […]

Regional investment commission approves first Kachin project

The Kachin State Investment Commission has approved one investment involving K1,688 million since its office was opened last July. The commission is currently examining two investment applications, U Tun Kyaw Kyaw, deputy director from at the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA), explained. The approved investment is in the agriculture sector and relates to […]

Dawei SEZ is for the few, not the many

A few elites will benefit from reviving Dawei SEZ, but what about the rest? Civil society organisations demand authorities to halt the controversial Dawei project and rethink. CIVIL society organisations have demanded the authorities to reconsider the plans to revive the controversial Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ). They argued that a site-wide environment impact assessment […]

Dawei SEZ’s grave human rights violations, forced evictions and flawed EIAs come under fire

From flawed land acquisition, destroyed farmlands to the lack of transparency, this project is failing on many human rights measures and threatening the lands and livelihoods of communities. DAWEI Special Economic Zone (SEZ) has been accused of grave human rights violations including forced evictions, a lack of transparency and environmental disruption as the land lease […]

Local tour agencies urged to register

Companies in the tour and travel business have been advised to register their operations and obtain proper licenses, failing which they will be liable to fines. U Muang Muang Aye, vice chair of the Domestic Pilgrimage and Tour Operators Association, made the call on Tuesday in the face of a surge in tourism and the […]

Over 570 business tax evaders uncovered in Mandalay

More than 570 businesses in Mandalay were found to be remiss in paying their taxes and were given ultimatum by an internal revenue inspection team to settle their arrears immediately, a senior revenue official said on Monday. U Aung Moe, deputy director of Internal Revenue Department in Mandalay, said the erring businessmen were uncovered during […]