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Myanmar plans to attract more western travellers

Myanmar is planning to reduce visa restrictions on western countries such as France, Germany, Russia, Poland, Italy and Spain, according to Immigration Department from Yangon International Airport. The visit of travellers from western countries was reduced in recent years due to political affairs in Myanmar and hotel and tourism companies and respective ministries are cooperating […]

Five business sectors that are looking interesting in 2019

Businesses did not have a positive outlook on the Myanmar business sector last year with falling confidence and firms pulling out of Myanmar. However, with the arrival of a new year, things seem to be looking more optimistic for some sectors. Our reporters have interviewed insiders and experts from five business sectors on their views […]

Business group vows to help 7000 Yangon workers get ID cards

The Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry vowed to help some 7100 workers in Yangon Region’s 14 industrial zones to get their national registration cards (NRCs), a senior executive of the organisation said. Daw Khine Khine Nwe, associate general secretary of the federation, said yesterday that his group will secure the […]

Government Reaffirms Commitment to Labour Market Reforms

Representatives of the Myanmar government, employers, workers, civil society and international partners on Wednesday gathered for the third time since 2015 in a forum to discuss the progress and challenges faced in an ongoing effort to implement labour market reforms. Taking place in Nay Pyi Taw, the forum was held as part of the ‘Initiative […]

Myanmar to Resume Issuing Visas on Arrival to Visitors

The Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population agreed to resume issuing visas on arrival (VOA) to foreign visitors after negotiating with the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, a senior tourism official said. “We got initial agreement with the ministry of labor, immigration and population but the immigration department will still decide on the number of […]

Race to Unlock Yangon’s Gridlock

On a repurposed bus still bearing Korean-language transit maps, Mr Soe Than navigates service No. 4 through rush-hour Yangon. Powerful air-conditioning keeps the mix of students, labourers and office workers cool even though bus attendants hang off the side of the vehicle through an open rear door. But it’s a long, jerky ride to the […]

Ban Lifted on Going to Malaysia for Work

Myanmar has lifted a six-month ban on sending workers to Malaysia, a senior labour official said, as the country struggles with influx of tens of thousands of returning migrants from neighbouring Thailand. Myanmar migrant workers flocked in droves to the border area of Myawady Township during the past week to avoid the neighbouring kingdom’s June […]

Myanmar Unsure of Sending Workers to Malaysia

The Myanmar government has not given a deadline for sending workers to Malaysia although the worker ban has been lifted for more than 6 months, according to officials of the Ministry of Labour and Foreign Affairs. “We have been waiting for a comment from the foreign affairs ministry. Whether or not the workers should be […]

Fishery Workers to Be Sent to Korea

The Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population considers sending fishery workers to South Korea. The discussions between the ministry and foreign employment agencies started since February and the basic salary will be around US$1,000 per month, according to the ministry. Application forms for the EPS-TOPIK exam had been sold from March 20 to 24 for […]

No Go Yet to Malaysia for Myanmar Workers

Myanmar has yet to send workers to Malaysia as the political situation there is uncertain and there may be problems in future. U Myo Aung, permanent secretary for the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, said that they have been looking into the situation in Malaysia to avoid potential problems for Myanmar workers going there. […]