Myanmar female garment workers in fear of violence

Business involved in Myanmar’s garment industry should take steps to ensure better safety and welfare of female employees, a new report recommends, as findings suggest women workers are in fear of rape and robbery. The report, ‘Women, work and violence in Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan,’ conducted by IMC Worldwide, University of Portsmouth and the International […]

Workers strike for immediate increase in minimum wage

Over500 workers of Jabp Jiawei Myanmar garment factory in Hlaing Tharyar, Yangon, organised a strike on Thursday demanding payment of the new minimum wage of K4800 (US$3.60) starting this month, according to strikers and factory officials. “We are asking for implementation of the minimum wage of K4800 since it was announced already and only needs […]

In dirt-poor Myanmar, smartphones are transforming finance

MYANMAR’S democratic transition sometimes seems marked as much by continuity as by change. Depressingly, the army continues its bloody persecution of Rohingya Muslims in the west, for example (see article). But elsewhere moves to open the country’s markets, started by the preceding military regimes, have gathered pace. New commercial and financial services are springing up. […]

Yangon government reviews cinema rental fee

Yangon Region government is reviewing the rental fee for state owned and private cinemas, Minister Daw Naw Pan Thinzar Myo for Karen Affairs said Tuesday at Yangon Region Parliament session. MP U Kyaw Zay Ya from Dagon Township asked the parliament when the regional government started renting out cinemas and stalls in Yangon Region and […]

Government to open vocational training schools for dropouts in Yangon

The Yangon government and the Ministry of Education will start collaboration in running vocational training schools in the region to help youth dropouts find gainful employment, Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein said. “Children who drop out from school will finally have a chance to get access to education that they can afford,” U […]

Bidding for Waste-to-Energy Plant Soon

The next energy plant which can recycle all waste and rubbish produced in Yangon will be built after calling for tenders, according to Dr Aung Myint Maw, Assistant Chief Engineer, Pollution Control and Cleansing Department of Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC). The cost for building the plant was equally shared by both governments while the […]

Minimum wage war in Myanmar

Factory owners are under pressure to raise worker wages but any dramatic rise could discourage foreign brands from investing in the low-cost nation When Myanmar passed its first minimum wage in September 2015, the legislation was widely hailed as a landmark achievement for labor rights and clear sign the country was firmly on the path […]

First Myanmar-Assembled Nissan Cars Go On Sale

​​ Tan Chong Motor Myanmar launched the first Nissan model assembled locally last week. The Myanmar subsidiary of a Malaysian multi-national, Tan Chong Motor has the sole right to assemble and sell Nissan vehicles in Myanmar. The firm received approval from the Myanmar Investment Commission to manufacture and assemble Nissan cars back in 2013. The […]

Yangon Govt to Offer Low-Cost Housing to ‘Real’ Squatters

The Yangon Region government is in the process of arranging low-cost housing for “real squatters” in the commercial capital, Yangon’s security and border affairs minister told the regional legislature yesterday. He was responding to a question from lawmaker U Kyaw Zeya (NLD; Dagon 2), who asked why MPs had yet to be provided with follow-up […]

Yangon MPs Call for Crackdown on Shady Foreign Business Operators

The Yangon Region parliament is considering increasing scrutiny on foreign businesspeople who operate illegally. Parliament debated a proposal from MP U Win Maung (NLD; Hlaing Tharyar 1) on October 10 that would have the government take action against foreign operators of illegal businesses. Regional Planning and Finance Minister U Myint Thaung told parliament that such businesspeople will […]