Myanmar to Upgrade Domestic Dairy Products

YANGON, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) — Myanmar is striving to promote domestic dairy industry by raising the standard of its products, official media reported Friday. At present, the country’s Livestock Breeding and Veterinary department is exerting efforts to establish standards for milk products to place them in the market after obtaining approval from Food and Drug […]

Lotte Hotel to open chain in Myanmar next month

Lotte Hotel & Resorts, the hotel arm of South Korean retail giant Lotte Group, said Tuesday it will open its eighth foreign hotel chain in Myanmar next month, as it attempts to tap deeper into overseas market. Lotte Hotel & Resorts said the new hotel in Yangon, the former capital city of the Southeast Asian […]

Yangon to Mandalay Railway Back on Track

The railway linking Yangon to Manda­lay has been slat­ed to receive a series of large-scale, overdue reno­vations. With a loan from the Japan International Co­operation Agency (JICA), the 385 mile stretch of rail will be revamped to meet international standards and halve transportation times. U Myo Win, General Manager of Myanma Rail­ways, told the Myanmar […]

FDA Crackdown on Formalin-Laced Food in Yangon

During a surprise check, officials from the Food and Drug Administration discovered several shops in Yangon selling food that contained illegal chemicals. According to the department, a variety of food from tofu, bean cakes, rice noodles contained formalin – a banned substance in food production. The surprise check was carried out on Wednesday night. About […]

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’s forests face myriad problems as logging ban continues

YANGON – Myanmar’s forests are rich. They are rich in variety, in natural resources, and in wildlife. But they are also rich in danger. “Myanmar’s forests are more in crisis than ever before,” said Faith Doherty, lead forest campaigner at the UK-based Environmental Investigation Agency. “If you just look at what’s happened in the last […]