Children’s rights bill inconsistent over child labour regulations

Sections within the draft law are inconsistent over the minimum working age, and child employment in many sectors remains unregulated A children’s rights draft law introduced to Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on July 7 fails to address inconsistencies between existing domestic laws regarding child employment and the legal minimum working age. The bill does not tackle grey […]

Suu Kyi’s Myanmar Problem: Where’s the Economy?

YANGON, Myanmar — Aung San Suu Kyi came to power last year with a laser focus on ending the insurgencies that have dogged Myanmar for decades. The consuming nature of that goal has led to a new problem for the Nobel laureate: falling investor confidence in her ability to manage a fast-opening $67 billion economy. […]

As the World Moves to Renewable Energy, Myanmar Will Follow

YANGON — The government has been pushing plans for coal-fired power plants to address Myanmar’s great need for electricity. Renewable energy expert Hans-Josef Fell talks about how Myanmar can develop its energy plan. Fell is a former parliamentarian in Germany and the current president of the Berlin-based Energy Watch Group. The Myanmar government has been […]

Tenders to be invited for sub-Ks100 million projects in Rakhine

Subscribe to our tender alert mailing list Rakhine State government has announced yesterday that it will invite tenders for projects with investments of not more than Ks100 million. The announcement came at the coordination meeting on inviting tenders for the projects for the 2016-2017 financial year. “We envision development and security in Rakhine State with […]

The ‘Lean, Clean And Green’ AIIB Is Ready For More Ambitious, Independent Projects

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has been operating for eighteen months, and, contrary to the fears of some Western analysts, the bank has tightly controlled risks, engaging in projects that are sensitive to local politics, social conditions, and the environment. While the AIIB has mainly been working closely with other multilateral development banks, the […]

Modernisation Fuels New Lending in Myanmar’s Banking Sector

At the end of February the Central Bank of My­anmar (CBM) announced it was considering ­panding the range of ser­vices that foreign lenders in the country can offer by allowing them to provide trade-only accounts to importers and exporters, which local banks are un­able to do. Of the 24 domestic banks, nine are involved in […]

JMHU Offers $20 Million in Capital to Implement Low-Cost Housing Projects

​​ Japan-Myanmar Association for Industry of Housing and Urban Development (JMHU) has offered to provide US $20 million to Myanmar to implement low-cost housing projects, according to a press release issued by the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI).  A local public company, Myanmar Construction and Development, […]

Public Company to Build Government Housing Project

Public company Myanmar Construction and Development will finance and build a low-cost government housing project in Yangon. Chair of Myanmar Construction and Development U Thar Htay confirmed to The Myanmar Times that his company had entered into a partnership with the Ministry of Construction’s Department of Urban Housing and Development (DUHD). U Thar Htay is also the […]

Ban on Burmese Gemstones Lifted, Task Force Visits Myanmar- AGTA

October 24, 2016 – Dallas, TX — Responding to the concerns of its members regarding U.S. sanctions and perceptions of the Myanmar Gem and Jade sectors, the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) developed a coalition of the U.S. Jewelry Industry to make a scoping mission to Myanmar. This mission was similar to past AGTA efforts […]