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Local Company Wins Gold Medal for Locally Produced Honey

Local company Smile Happy Co Ltd received recognition from the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations at the World Beekeeping Awards held during the 46th Apimondia Congress that took place in Montreal, Canada, in September. The company won a gold medal for its light-coloured honey during the event. “The company won the medal in Montreal for […]

Taking a Quantum Leap to Revamp Myanmar’s Economy

YANGON—Since last year, Myanmar officials responsible for drumming up foreign investment have been shuttling between Naypyitaw and Asian countries to pitch the government’s latest legal, procedural, and institutional reforms to potential investors as part of efforts to revitalize the country’s economy. State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi often highlights foreign direct investment (FDI) as […]

Myanmar to reduce use of child labour at workplaces

Though more than 600,000 children are still engaged in work that harms their health, safety and well-being, Myanmar is trying to implement a national-level project to eradicate child labour, Nyunt Win, director-general of the factories and general labour laws inspection department, said. “Myanmar is undertaking several reforms in multisectoral development and the labour, immigration and […]

Amnesty for Reuters reporters seen easing EU trade tensions

The release of two Reuters reporters and some 20 other political prisoners may help ease tensions with the EU but the government will need to do more to maintain Myanmar’s trade privileges, according to business leaders in Yangon. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, jailed for more than 500 days, were freed on May 7 […]

Associations in Myanmar

I was recently in a mission in the Myanmar capital city of Yangon for my organization, the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific, to conduct briefings on the green lending policy framework that ADFIAP has developed for the Myanmar Bankers Association (MBA). This is part of the European Union (EU) grant […]

Trade sanctions by EU, US unlikely: analysts

Analysts are not expecting the European Union or the US to revoke Myanmar’s tariff-free access to their markets over the coming quarters. Following a United Nations report implicating the Tatmadaw in human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in the states of Rakhine, Kachin and Shan in September last year, the EU announced a month later […]

Creation of new ministry part of Myanmar’s plan to incentivise FDI

In an attempt to reverse a recent decline in foreign investment, Myanmar has set up a new ministry tasked with attracting and facilitating fresh inflows, though concerns over the re-imposition of import tariffs by the EU could cool investor appetite. On November 19 the government established the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations, a […]

EU trade threat could make cambodian factories worse for workers: Unions

The European Union’s move to revoke Cambodia’s duty-free access could force major clothing brands out of the manufacturing hub and worsen conditions for workers, industry experts said. Cambodia has six months to convince its biggest export market that it has arrested a backslide on human rights and democracy. If it fails, the EU will strike […]

Myanmar RMG units exporting to EU rose by 180 in 5 yrs22

The number of readymade garment (RMG) factories in Myanmar that export products to the European Union (EU) has increased by 180 within five years from 22 in 2013 to 202 now, primarily due to benefits offered by the EU’s generalized system of preferences (GSP), according to Aung Naing Oo, director general of department of investment […]

Cambodia Businesses, Unions Ask EU Not to Impose Trade Sanctions

PHNOM PENH—Cambodian businesses and unions urged the European Union on Monday to not withdraw trade preferences from Cambodia over human rights concerns, saying such a decision would pose serious economic damage and harm millions of workers and their families. The EU warned last year that it would strip Cambodia of its “Everything but Arms” (EBA) […]