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 […]

Bid to boost Myanmar shrimp trade begins

“We usually import broodstock from Thailand. But, possibility for the broodstock to suffer some diseases is truly a major risk to our shrimp production. Now we are about to start sustainable shrimp farming with the help of a firm from the United States,” he said. According to Kyaw Tun Myint, Myanmar entrepreneurs in the industry […]

Italthai aims to double revenue

Under the plan, the group wants to deepen its presence in the immediate region with a focus on the so-called CLMV countries: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. For its construction-equipment and construction business operations, Laos and Myanmar, in particular, are recognised as key markets for expansion. The group has Asia more broadly in its sights […]

Myanmar’s Logging Ban Feeds shadow Economy of Illegal Trade

For the duration of the ban, which runs into April 2017, any demand for wood is expected to be met through stockpiled wood controlled by the government’s logging entity Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE). The ban is seen as a way to not only protect Myanmar’s forests but to save lives. In 2012 the UN ranked […]

Commerce ministry allows re-export licensing for more commodities

The Ministry of Commerce will continue to issue licences for re-exporting because of the foreign market’s demand and the local production process. Over 20 categories of commodities are re-exported to other foreign countries after being locally reproduced at its origin. The main categories of re-export are sugar, fuel oil (diesel) and betel nut. Sugar exports […]

Myanmar forest-cutting continues despite government efforts

PINLEBU, Myanmar (AP) — The hills of northern Myanmar’s Sagaing region were so legendarily thick with forests that in the days of kings, condemned criminals were ordered into the woods as a death sentence. Today illegal logging has left vast swaths of bare patches, with only a handful of old-growth stands. Despite a temporary ban […]

Myanmar restaurants seek more govt support

  LOCAL restaurants in Myanmar are calling for more government support amid the expansion of international restaurant chains in the country. Nay Linn, president of Myanmar Restaurants Association and the owner of a restaurant named Sein Lan So Pyay Gardens, said local players lack the capital and experience to compete with these chains. He recalled […]

Meat demand rises in Myanmar

Meat consumption in Myanmar has grown due to an influx of tourists and investment, while a limited manufacturing base presents new opportunities for international suppliers. Almost 90% of Myanmar’s population are Buddhist and almost a third live below the poverty line, factors which have historically kept meat consumption levels low. Also, Myanmar consumers have tended […]

Pastamania launches on Inya Road

Singapore’s Italian food franchise, Pastamania, has officially opened its doors in Yangon – adding more pasta to the menu of foreign food now on offer in the city. The last few years have seen an influx of international competition in Myanmar’s food and beverage industry, from the arrival of American fried chicken giant KFC to […]

Myanmar gets a taste of Singapore

Independent operators and established restaurant chains from Singapore are making inroads into Myanmar’s nascent dining scene. YANGON: Myanmar is turning into a hot culinary destination with delights from the Lion City. In the last six months, six Singaporean restaurants have opened in Yangon. Singaporean Ringo Wong was in the shipping industry for the last 20 […]