Education always a major focus for Japan’s bilateral cooperation with Myanmar

Myanmar and Japan enjoy a long-standing strong bilateral relationship across a wide range of political, economic, social and cultural spheres. Reflecting this, Japan’s economic cooperation to Myanmar dates back to as early as 1954. Throughout the history of the bilateral cooperation, education has always been a major area of focus, as Japan sees it as […]

Parents in the dark regarding basic education reforms

To meet international standards, the new curriculum – focusing on requisites for the 21st century – was drawn up by local and foreign experts Over the past five academic years, a noticeable change in Myanmar’s education sector – which was gradually undergoing transformation since 2010 – was the reformation of its basic education curricula. Commencing […]

Japan’s aid agency downplays possible clash with China’s BRI

For decades, Japan poured development aid into its own backyard of South-east Asian nations, and reaped the dividends of peace, stability and prosperity in Asia. But some say the Japanese policy of building infrastructure to smoothen regional trade may come into conflict with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) that aims to develop trade routes […]

Fish breeding implemented in Yangon Region

Increasing the numbers of butterfish, or Nga-Myin, which fetch a good price in Japan and other countries, is being undertaken in a fish farming centre in Twantay Township, Yangon, according to the Fishery Department of Yangon Region. At the fish farming centre, butterfish are being bred through artificial insemination, officials said. The hatched fish will […]

Japanese-style visualized books make studying fun in Myanmar

YANGON–First-grade children here are finding studying more fun with Japanese-style highly visualized textbooks replacing their word-packed, picture-scarce old ones. The new textbooks have been adopted from the start of Myanmar’s new school year in June and are the first upgrade in about 20 years, thanks to a project spearheaded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency […]

New Hantharwaddy airport to finalise plans in early 2018

Myanmar’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) is set to sign the final agreement for the construction of Hantharwaddy International Airport in early 2018, the agency’s deputy director general told The Myanmar Times. The new airport, located on the outskirts of Yangon, would be able to handle more passengers and it will have modern facilities, according […]

JICA draws up development plan for Tanintharyi and Dawei SEZ

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will take the lead in the drafting of the master plan for Tanintharyi Region, according to a representative from JICA. The Myanmar government has asked the Japanese government for help in drawing up the Tanintharyi Region’s development master plan along with a comprehensive development plan for the Dawei special economic […]

Our leaders should ask for more financial support: Dr Thaung Han

Dr, Thaung Han told The Myanmar Times in an interview that Myanmar’s leaders should be bolder in asking for loans and financial assistance from international financial institutions. Dr Thaung Han is an adviser of Max Myanmar Holding Co. Max Myanmar operates vehicles and heavy machinery trading and is involved in a wide range of sectors, […]

Multi-purpose container barge service starts

The Ministry of Transport and Communications has started the Inland Water Transport (IWT), a multi-purpose container barge service to transport goods along the Ayeyarwady River and containers in the Yangon River. The service was started to reduce transportation costs and relieve congestion on the road. Ten trips with 40 containers per trip were transported by […]

Signing of Japanese ODA Loan Agreement with Myanmar: Rehabilitating deteriorating hydropower plants to provide a stable supply of power to Myanmar’s two most populous regions

On April 25, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a loan agreement (L/A) with the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital city, to provide a Japanese ODA loan of up to 10.787 billion yen for the Hydropower Plants Rehabilitation Project. The objective of the project […]