fbpx

MMA Star Aung La N Sang to Help Fight Illegal Wildlife Trade

Aung La N Sang, the most celebrated cage fighter in Myanmar’s history, has been appointed by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Myanmar as its ambassador for fighting wildlife crime. “The fight to protect wildlife and stop wildlife crime in our country is a fight that is close to my heart,” said the Kachin mixed martial arts […]

Illegal trade takes a heavy toll on country’s economy

Smuggling and illegal trade continue to be a major problems for the country’s economy, says the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI). According to the Business Sentiment Survey issued by UMFCCI in May, illegal trade stands at sixth among the top 10 issues hampering the country’s economy. The survey was […]

Myanmar Ranks Near Bottom of Global Illegal Trade Index

YANGON—Myanmar urgently needs to combat illicit trade, particularly in the areas of logging, mining, human trafficking and consumer goods, the Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT) said after the country placed near the bottom of a global index on illicit trade. Myanmar ranked 82nd out of 84 countries—followed only by Iraq and Libya—in the […]

UMFCCI suggests four points for the country’s economy

Zaw Min Win, President of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) submitted the four-point suggestion to Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. On August 27, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi held a talk with local entrepreneurs at Nay Pyi Taw. The four points are: export promotion, […]

Myanmar develops gold trading avenues

Myanmar is making progress in developing legal avenues to export gold. The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) yesterday said it would remove the metal from its restricted exports list and open a service centre near the Peoples’ Square in Yangon to handle the legal trading of gold. An official notification has yet to be issued. Legal […]

Unfair taxes, illegal border trade stifle Carlsberg’s Myanmar plan

Michael Jensen, managing director of Carlsberg Myanmar, didn’t bother to hide his frustration at the environment in which his brewery has been forced to do business in the country. “We are faced with a tax regime that is completely unfair, incredibly bothersome bureaucratic procedures and illegal trading of beer across the Thai and China borders,” […]

Mandalay airport joins war on wildlife trade

In an effort to crack down on illegal trafficking of endangered wildlife, staff at Mandalay International Airport attended a course in how to identify and classify wildlife parts if carried by passengers. Over 100 airport staff, security personnel and customs officials received training provided by the Forestry Department and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Myanmar, […]

Industry debates tax levels after easing gold trade

Speculation has been rife over the level of duties involved in the import and export of gold since the trade was liberalised last month, allowing gold to move freely in and out of the country via air, sea and border routes. Although the authorities have yet to make any announcements, industry insiders reckon a 15 […]

Mandalay airport, jetty on radar for illegal imports

Mobile inspection teams will expand to Mandalay International Airport and Gaw Wein Jetty next month, according to the Central Committee for Preventing and Controlling Illegal Trade. “We’ve prepared everything for inspections. We will start from October,” said Lan San Oo, the official who oversees international airports for the mobile teams. Although it was previously announced […]

Mobile inspection teams to monitor commercial hubs

To tackle illegal trade, mobile inspection teams will keep a close watch on commercial hubs like Mandalay International Airport, Ayeyawady River, Mandalay’s Gaw Wein Jetty and border gates in Myawady, according to the Central Committee for Fighting Contraband. Since the formation of the committee in December 2012, there has been a drop in revenue lost […]