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A Close-Up Look at Mergui Archipelago’s Nascent Eco-Tourism Industry

With its pristine natural islands and Moken “sea gypsy” tribes—whose way of life is rapidly disappearing—the Mergui Archipelago has long held a special fascination as a travel destination for outsiders. Myeik town itself is famous for its pearl shops, edible-nest swiftlet, fish, shrimp and crab farms, as well its British colonial-era structures. A walk around […]

‘Creating triple wins’: inclusive business in Myanmar

They can create new income opportunities for the poor by engaging them in the value chains of profitable businesses while paying better than market rates. They can also provide goods and services to the poor that address key needs in areas such as health, education, housing, finance, water and sanitation. Inclusive businesses are typically profitable […]

Kayin residents want monitoring of cement factories’ operations

Residents living near two cement factories in Hpa-an Township in Kayin State have called on the government to ensure transparency in the operation of the plants in order to protect their health amid reports they are already using coal for power. Some 2955 residents near the factory in Myaingkalay Village, said they are worried about […]

China hardsells big ticket but low on trust, India’s soft power push in Myanmar education and health

As Delhi seeks to expand its engagement with Myanmar, it is in sectors such as education, health and entertainment services that India hopes to make an impact in a country crowded with several international players, and completely dominated by China. In a state-of-the art classroom at the steel and glass Myanmar Institute of Information Technology […]

Warm response seen to ‘Myanmar Insight’ in Bangkok

GIVEN the rising interest in Myanmar’s economy this year, nearly 500 Thai businesspeople are expected to gather at the Myanmar Insight 2018 to be held in Bangkok next month, according to Nattawin Phongsphetrarat, vice president of Thai Business Association of Myanmar (TBAM). He said at a press conference yesterday that the event would be held […]

India to help Myanmar in insurance laws

The General Insurance Corp of India (GIC) will assist Myanmar authorities in amending laws related to insurance and reinsurance and in expanding insurance services in the country, authorities said here on Thursday. Reinsurance is the practice of insurers transferring portions of risk portfolios to other parties by some form of agreement to reduce the likelihood […]

Myanmar targets plastic waste in growing green movement

This year’s theme for World Environment Day is plastic pollution, a scourge on Myanmar that is more easily seen in its beaches, mountains and cities than its dearth of reliable statistics. But over the past year a string of hopeful environmental initiatives are pushing back against unnecessary waste. One example is Yangon’s “Straws Suck,” an […]

Myanmar-China Friendship Association eyes enhanced Myanmar-China ties

YANGON, May 13 (Xinhua) — The Myanmar-China Friendship Association on Sunday laid down a seven-point program to be implemented in the future, with the association chairman U Sein Win Aung calling for building friendship with neighboring countries. The program, adopted at the 5th annual meeting of the Myanmar-China Friendship Association (Central) held in Yangon, is […]

VisionFund Myanmar launches loan scheme for factory workers

VisionFund Myanmar recently announced the launch of a new microfinance loan product exclusively for garment factory workers, funded by the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT), according to a press release on 16 February. The loans were first launched at the ZES garment factory located in Hlaing Thar Yar Township, with over 160 workers […]

Children’s rights bill inconsistent over child labour regulations

Sections within the draft law are inconsistent over the minimum working age, and child employment in many sectors remains unregulated A children’s rights draft law introduced to Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on July 7 fails to address inconsistencies between existing domestic laws regarding child employment and the legal minimum working age. The bill does not tackle grey […]