Shan allows collection of entrance fees at Inle

The Shan State government has allowed local community organisations to collect entrance fees at Inle Lake so they can have funds to conduct conservation work on their own part of the lake. Speaking on Saturday, U Khin Maung Latt, general secretary of Save Inle Lake, said 16 civil society organisations and another six private associations […]

Workers ask government to monitor wage hike implementation

Following the decision by the National Committee for the Minimum Wage to increase the daily basic wage to K4800, a campaign has been organised to call for the government to strictly enforce its implementation. The Myanmar Labor Union for Industrial and Various Services led a campaign rally at the open park on Sunday, said U […]

Myanmar fishery traders call for negotiation over Saudi Arabia’s import suspension

YANGON, March 8 (Xinhua) — Myanmar’s Fishery Products Processors and Exporters Association has called for government-to-government negotiation over Saudi Arabia’s suspension of fishery imports from Myanmar which will start from April 1, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Thursday. Saudi Arabia’s imposition of ban on fishery imports from Myanmar along with Bangladesh and […]

Dept warns migrant workers about fraudulent job agencies

The Department of Labour Migration has warned workers seeking overseas job to be wary of fraudulent employment agencies that operate without licenses. In an announcement on Tuesday, the department, which is under the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, urged workers to check with the authorities about the authenticity of such agencies. The warning comes […]

Rice bosses bemoan lack of investment

Myanmar’s agriculture sector faces development challenges and it received no significant inflows of foreign investment in the past five years, according to the Myanmar Rice Federation. The Directorate of Investments and Company Administration said agricultural foreign direct investment (FDI) was US$7.2 million during the 2015-16 fiscal year. The sector received US$138.8 million in 2010-11 and […]

Condo Law sent back to the drawing board

Weaknesses in the recently completed draft Condominium Law need to be addressed before it can be promulgated, according to officials from the Department of Human Settlement and Housing Department (DHSHD). Although it is targeted to become law this year, some in the industry have pointed to a number of problems with the current draft. Virtually […]

Construction on historic sports ground faces triple lawsuit

The protection committee for gardens and sports grounds will sue the Yangon Region Government, Myanmar Investment Commission, Yangon City Development Committee and Asia-Myanmar Consortium Development Company if they do not stop construction on Thein Byu sports ground. The committee told a press conference it would send notices to the organisations on June 12. “If the […]

Investment in Rice Milling Key to Boosting Export, Report Says

YANGON — A new World Bank report said Myanmar can greatly increase its agricultural exports if it can improve the quality of rice through investments in rice mills, while it should also reduce transport costs and formulate policies to support rice export and agricultural production. Myanmar’s reformist government aims to improve agricultural productivity and rice […]

Former Norway Envoy’s Telenor Move Raises Eyebrows

The May 16 announcement that Norway’s former ambassador to Myanmar, Katja Nordgaard, will soon take a position with Telenor, the majority state-owned Norwegian telecommunications firm that signed a lucrative deal with Myanmar’s government last year, has prompted concern from some quarters about the ethics of what they see as just the latest example of an […]

Condominiums not covered by Condo Law

Nearly all of Yangon’s recently constructed “condominiums” may not qualify as condominiums under the draft Condominium Law, according to Yangon City Development Committee engineering deputy director U Nay Win. The draft law has been submitted to the Pyithu Hluttaw, but it stipulates a condo must be built on freehold land or land that was granted […]