The EU’s Tariff Threats Against Asia’s Autocrats Risk Backfiring

The European Union is threatening to slap tariffs on Asian leaders who abuse their power, a move that risks upending several key garment-producing nations in the region. Last month, the EU told Cambodia it would start the process of withdrawing tariff-free access for most goods under the “Everything But Arms” initiative, saying its July election […]

EU green lights aquaculture imports from Myanmar

The EU has approved the import of aquaculture products from Myanmar, in a move that has been welcomed by aquaculture producers in the Southeast Asian country. “It’s a great accomplishment for the EU projects/people that have been working hard for the past years to make this happen,” said Jonah van Beijnen, an aquaculture expert closely […]

Myanmar to establish high security laboratory, animal research centre next year

Myanmar will establish a high security laboratory- BSL 3 and a building where animals will be kept for research in 2019, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports. The projects will be implemented with 5 million euro in aid provided by EU and 22 million euro loaned from AFD. In cooperation with Myanmar’s National […]

New Minimum Wage Brings Trouble to Garment Industry: Garment Association President

The new minimum wage is causing trouble for the garment industry, U Myin Soe, President of Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association, said during a press conference held on July 10 at UMFCCI. “We all know that the new minimum wage is now set at K4,800. It’s a 33 percent hike compared to the previous wage of […]

Myanmar’s food sector being transformed by investment in production and sustainability measures

A cleaner production and higher sustainability project for Myanmar’s food and beverage industry is bringing much needed transformation. Tha Bar Wa, a four-year project, it is being implemented by the World Wid Fund for Nature (WWF), in partnership with the Myanmar Food Processors and Exporters Association (MFPEA) and Savings Banks Foundation for International Cooperation (SBFIC). […]

How the West won and lost Myanmar

When former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi and her long persecuted National League for Democracy party won election in 2015, Western nations which maintained sanctions against the previous rights-abusing military regime cheered the democratic result and hoped for transition. Suu Kyi was subsequently feted in various European capitals, including Oslo, where she received her […]

Irish building up a head of steam in Myanmar

When Kieran Rabbitt stepped off a plane and into the heavy Yangon heat four years ago, little did he think he’d still be in Myanmar today, at the cutting edge of the country’s digital revolution. From offices in downtown Yangon, the Athenry native – along with Karim Ainsworth from Belfast – runs Cube Digital. The […]

New technologies needed as prawn, shrimp exports dwindle

Myanmar shrimp and prawn exporters are facing a growing shortage of supplies due to the erosion of their natural habitats and unsuccessful breeding techniques, according to a report analysing exports to Japan supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). A lack of preservation of fishery resources in Myanmar has led to a decline in […]

Yangon elevated expressway doesn’t need MIC approval: official

The Yangon elevated expressway project is a government-to-government project and it doesn’t need approval from the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC), according to the MIC. “Government-to-government projects are not submitted to the MIC. If the investment is made by public, private and partnership and as a developer, it is submitted to the MIC. The infrastructure projects […]

Bago Locals Protest Against “Inept” Chief Minister

Bago locals, including members of the National League for Democracy (NLD), staged a protest on January 14 to get Bago Region Chief Minister Win Htein to resign. Around 200 participated in the protest that demanded the Chief Minister that had failed to deliver solutions to land grab issues, rising crime rates, lack of employment opportunities, […]