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About 50 pc of tourist trips cancelled, suspended last year

At the instigation of some western media about Rakhine situations, about 50 per cent of tourist trips were cancelled and suspended last year, said Ohn Maung, Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism, at a coordination meeting on tourism development and the smooth operation of tourist entry, exit and visit, in Nay Pyi Taw on June […]

Disappointment at government hasn’t eroded support among businesses: academic

The disappointment at the current government’s sluggish economic reforms has not eroded the support among businesses, according to a Mandalay and Bangkok-based academic. On the contrary, businesses are worried that a failure of the administration will roll the country back to the junta era. The Myanmar Times talked to Pietro Borsano, lecturer at Mandalay International […]

Singapore Makes Largest Investments in Real Estate Sector

Singapore made an investment of US$1.72 billion in 31 projects, as of the end of December, in the current fiscal year (FY), followed by China, with estimated investments worth more than $1.29 billion in 50 enterprises State media reported. Singapore made the largest investments in the real estate sector. some European countries also invested in […]

Myanmar Military Modernization in the Spotlight Amid Air Force Anniversary

On December 15, Myanmar’s air force commemorated its 70th anniversary. The interaction, which featured remarks by the military chief Min Aung Hlaing, put the ongoing modernization of one of Southeast Asia’s largest militaries in the spotlight. Though Myanmar’s military, known as the Tatmadaw and said to number around 400,000, is technically one of the biggest […]

India’s policy change on pea imports impacts Myanmar

Severe restrictions announced recently by India limiting the amount of pea products from Myanmar has quickly and adversely affected the local pulses market, officials said yesterday. On Monday, India capped imports of mung beans and green mung beans (pigeon peas) at only 300,000 tons, after the prices of the pulses plummeted due to record production. […]

Crop insurance, land reform and investment are essential to Myanmar’s agricultural sector

Q: What is the state of the rice industry in Myanmar? A: The government relaxed its control of the rice industry in 2003. Since FY2012-2013, rice export volume has exceeded one million tons per year. Q: Rice from Myanmar does not meet international standards and fails to sell for good prices in the international market. […]

Garment sector earned nearly US$400 million

Myanmar earned nearly US$400 million from garment sector exports in the past three months, according to the official figures of the Commerce Ministry. This represents a $100 million increase over the same period last year. Following the lifting of European and American economic sanctions, Myanmar’s garment industry is growing. Currently, Japan and European countries are […]

Water Transport to Begin Operation in Early June

Water vehicles will start serving commuters in early June with ships and boats bought from Thailand and Australia, according to Daw Tint Tint Lwin, CEO of Tint Tint Myanmar. The Yangon regional government had promised to implement a water taxi system on the Hlaing River and Nga Moe Yeik Creek. Tint Tint Myanmar won the […]

Trade Between Myanmar and Middle East Tops $300m

Total trade between Myanmar and Mid­dle Eastern coun­tries reached $332.874 million in the first 10 months of this fiscal year, 2016-2017, official media reported. Myanmar made $100 million through exports to these countries during the period while import values reached over $231 million. Myanmar mainly ex­ports fishery products, agriculture products such as beans and pulses […]

Antiques selling well with increasing number of tourists

  With an increasing number of tourists coming to Myanmar, the sale of antiques are also on the rise, it is learnt. The antique shops are dependent on tourists because they have the appreciation, knowledge and income to collect antiques. The shops are found mostly in Yangon, Mandalay, Inle, Bagan and NyaungU. Antique store owners […]