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 […]

A New Era for China-Myanmar Relations?

With the National League for Democracy’s (NLD) landslide victory in the general elections in November, China expects a new page in Myanmar’s domestic politics and foreign policy under the new government to be inaugurated at the end of March 2016. The NLD’s yet-to-be-clarified policy direction has led to a major sense of uncertainty in the […]

Suu Kyi joins campaign to clean up Yangon

Chairperson of the National League for Democracy Aung San Suu Kyi led a drive to clean up litter and rubbish in Kawhmu town on 13 December in a move aimed at highlighting her party’s commitment to public service. Suu Kyi has told MPs from her opposition National League for Democracy party, which took nearly 80 […]

Suu Kyi lays down law on party discipline to new Myanmar MPs, cautions against ‘betraying’

Aung San Suu Kyi has warned newly minted MPs she will not tolerate poor discipline or wrongdoing, party members said today (Nov 28), as Myanmar’s democracy champion began marshalling her opposition for government amid sky-high expectations. Ms Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party took nearly 80 per cent of contested seats in the November […]