Myanmar’s Garment Sector Could be Vastly Improved in Three Years

A consortium of government organization, labor groups and academia has launched a three-year project in Myanmar with the purpose of improving the work environment in the country’s garment sector, including job creation, more sustainable and efficient productivity and greater community relations. The project will take place in 12 factories supplying Western brands, including Danish fashion retailer Bestseller, according to […]

State Counsellor: Myanmar ‘Needs Great Educational Strength’

Myanmar needs great educational strength in the world so that it can become a nation with dignity as powerful countries try to influence the world, said State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. The remarks of the State Counsellor came in an address she delivered at a conference on the theme of Educational Development Implementation in […]

Forest rights create new livelihoods in Myanmar

In Myanmar, the National League for Democracy (NLD) is transferring the rights to forest land – and all its potential bounty – to local communities. Duncan McQueen explains how this important move, supported by peer-to-peer learning, is helping to establish new long-term livelihoods. It is impossible to talk about Myanmar without acknowledging the persecution of […]

Why India Isn’t Really ‘Acting East’ in Myanmar

As an ascendant economic and political power, India has long been eager to assert its influence on the global stage, particularly in neighboring Southeast Asia. India’s intentions for foreign engagement are best articulated in its so-called Act East policy, an ambitious effort to elevate Indian influence via economic and strategic links with the subregion. Central […]

Solar panels light up thousands of homes in Kayin State

Over 11,000 rural households in Kayin (Karen) State are set to newly receive electricity thanks to a long-awaited solar panel program. Under the National Electrification Project (NEP), the World Bank and the Department of Rural Development are installing heavily subsidized solar panels, which were sold to villagers at a fraction of the real cost. The […]

Yangon New City Project to be Remodelled with Tower Blocks Included

The current New City project in Myanmar’s commercial capital will be remodelled to accommodate the city’s projected population growth and tower blocks will be part of the new plan, according to a Yangon Region minister. Daw Nilar Kyaw, the regional minister for electricity, industry and transportation, made the remarks on July 10 during a special […]

Yangon to Commence Southwest New City in April

Yangon Southwest New City will be implemented by a joint venture agreement between the Yangon Region government and local construction developers, and the government expects the implementation process to start on April 1, 2017. The new city project was discussed by lawmakers at the Yangon regional parliament session last week and the regional government submitted to […]

Myanmar aims to attract $140 billion in FDI until 2030

Myanmar has set its sights on attracting US$140 billion (Bt4.9 trillion) in foreign direct investment (FDI) from now until 2030, according to a national economic development plan. From 1988 until March 30, which marked the end of the 2015-16 fiscal year, Myanmar had granted permits for foreign investments worth $63.7 billion. The national development plan, […]

MIC issues ‘ominously broad’ foreign investment restriction

A directive issued at the end of March by the Myanmar Investment Commission has added an additional layer of complexity for foreign investors and granted ministries greater scope to make exceptions on a case-by-case basis. The notification – designated 26/2016 – adjusts the list of economic activities that require a joint venture under the Foreign Investment Law. In […]

Myanmar president hails ‘triumph’ of democratic transition

President Thein Sein hailed the “triumph” of Myanmar’s transition of power Thursday, addressing a military-dominated parliament for the final time before a handover to Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy movement. The Southeast Asian nation, choked for decades under junta rule, is on the cusp of a remarkable political transition after Suu Kyi’s National League for […]