Australian firms urged to invest in Myanmar

Nick Cumpston, counsellor at the Australian Embassy, said in an exclusive interview that the Australian government would encourage its businesses to seize enormous opportunities in the emerging market, thanks to Myanmar’s potential for faster growth in the near future. According to Cumpston, Australian firms’ interest in Myanmar has been on the rise, driven by the […]

Yangon University is modelled on Oxford, but there are no dreaming spires

Walking around Yangon, though there are the affluent areas and fast food restaurants that exist in nearly all big cities, these areas are few and far between. Poverty pervades in this former capital city to a greater extent than in many of its Southeast Asian counterparts. The military regime, though removed in 2013, has had […]

Myanmar awards fourth telecoms license as mobile market heats up

Myanmar on Thursday awarded its fourth – and final – telecoms license to a joint venture between Vietnam’s telecom company Viettel and two local firms, heating up competition in a rapidly growing market by adding a second majority-Myanmar operator. Military-run Viettel will have a 49 percent stake in the new venture called Myanmar National Tele […]

Sky Net Selects Gilat’s Network for Cellular Backhaul in Myanmar

Sky Net and Gilat win MNO bid for quick deployment of cellular networks under some of the most challenging equatorial terrain and climatic conditions Israel, June 02, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ:GILT) (TASE:GILT), a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced today that Sky Net, a leading Myanmar […]

Canadian-run Yangon Bake house changing women’s lives in Myanmar

  YANGON, Myanmar — It’s 6 a.m. and a small kitchen tucked away at the back of a house in Yangon, Myanmar is buzzing. Women are hard at work measuring and mixing ingredients to make the day’s batch of baked goods. The women work away, occasionally sharing stories and laughing softly as they go. Across […]

NLD leader’s next challenge: the bureaucracy

Staff in the four ministries soon to come under Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s management have welcomed her appointment, telling The Myanmar Times they hope she can accelerate administrative reforms in the civil service. But analysts and insiders have cautioned that she will face myriad challenges in cleaning up the bureaucracy and upholding promises of […]

Australia’s business know how could boost Myanmar

AUSTRALIA’S expertise in agriculture, mining and education is seen playing a key role in Myanmar once Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League Democracy (NLD) takes power next year. MACQUARIE University academic Sean Turnell, an informal advisor to the NLD leadership, says agricultural reform will be a key priority once the government takes power early next […]

Slow revival for oldest university

Unruly, overgrown grass lines the fences. A stray dog is taking a nap on the main road that stretches across the length of the campus. Save for the rustling of leaves from trees along the pathway, all is quiet. Only a handful of students are making their way to class. Most of them are dressed […]

Illicit capital flows into Myanmar soar

The report, by US non-profit Global Financial Integrity (GFI), looks at illicit capital flows in Myanmar between 1960 and 2013. It finds that despite a number of political and economic changes since 2010, unlawful inflows – mostly due to misinvoicing – are growing fast. GFI estimates that US$18.7 billion flowed illegally out of Myanmar over […]

Yangon’s lost children

Fourteen-year-old Ma Ei Mon’s tidy hair and thanaka-daubed face belie her troubled past and confused reality: Barely a teenager, she could be studying at school, but she is already working and living far from home. Ma Ei Mon hails from Ayeyarwady Region. She was brought to Yangon by her aunt two years ago to work […]