JMHU Offers $20 Million in Capital to Implement Low-Cost Housing Projects

​​ Japan-Myanmar Association for Industry of Housing and Urban Development (JMHU) has offered to provide US $20 million to Myanmar to implement low-cost housing projects, according to a press release issued by the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI).  A local public company, Myanmar Construction and Development, […]

How Did Myanmar’s Reforms Change Its Relations With China?

I first visited Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) in February 2013, two months after then-U.S. President Barack Obama’s landmark visit to that country. One thing that has been inscribed in my fond memories of the visit is that many street vendors in Yangon (formerly Rangoon) were hawking T-shirts with Obama’s headshot and a caption above […]

Yangon Relaxes Truck Use Restrictions

​​ Restrictions on the use of container trucks in Yangon are being relaxed, according to the regional Ministry of Planning and Finance. Minister Myint Thaung told a meeting that the container trucks from the ports of Asia World and the International Terminal Thilawa had been allowed to go to Hlinthaya Township from 11am to 3pm. Another meeting on the subject took place between military-appointed Vice President […]

Myanmar garment industry body denies use of child labour in factories

Some international media outlets published reports on the booming industry, based on the findings of a report, entitled “The Myanmar Dilemma” published by Netherlands-based Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO). The report revealed that top brands including H&M, Lonsdale and Pierre Cardin have been sourcing from factories employing children as young as 14. MGMA […]

Battling for Blood Jade: Inside One of the World’s Most Dangerous Industries

When the earth collapsed, as it does nearly every day in the jade hills of Myanmar, Ye Min Naing was poised on a steep slope of rubble and scree. It was a rainy night six months ago, at the tail end of the monsoons. A truck with wheels the height of a man had just […]

Thai firm N Health launches joint venture to open Myanmar’s first private medical lab

Narongrid Galaputh, chief executive of Non-Hospital Group of Bangkok Dusit Medical Services Public Co Ltd (BDMS) and managing director of N Health, said at a media briefing that the firm is proud to become the first government-licensed private medical laboratory in the neighbouring country. “We are here because we believe in the future of Myanmar. […]

Bid to boost Myanmar shrimp trade begins

“We usually import broodstock from Thailand. But, possibility for the broodstock to suffer some diseases is truly a major risk to our shrimp production. Now we are about to start sustainable shrimp farming with the help of a firm from the United States,” he said. According to Kyaw Tun Myint, Myanmar entrepreneurs in the industry […]

Yangon Workers will Enjoy Thingyan Break

​​ Ministry of Labour yesterday discussed Thingyan holidays with employers at the office of Union of Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and Industry –UMFCCI, in Yangon and agreed to have a 10-day break for the workers in the Yangon Region during the Thingyan water festival. The Union government announced on March 10 that they may half […]

Internet ventures blooming in Myanmar

Internet startups offering such services as car-hailing and payments are attracting many consumers in this booming economy, and the sector is expected to evolve further with a smartphone boom and improving infrastructure. In the largest Myanmar city of Yangon, where traffic volume is shooting up, taxis carrying the logo of “Oway Ride” are a growing […]

Yangon Braced for Hot-Season Power Cuts

​​ Nilar Kyaw, Yangon Region’s minister of electricity, industry, roads and communications, says the city is expected to suffer regular blackouts during the hot season.  Some townships in Yangon are reporting regular power outages. “In Thingangyun Township, there was a power outage last night. It lasted about one hour,” said a resident.   Kyaw Win, union minister […]