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Myanmar has 2,642 Filling Stations Across the Country

More than 250 filling stations were allowed within ten months in 2019, bringing Myanmar’s total count to 2,462 filling stations across the country, according to figures from the Ministry of Electricity and Energy. There are 94 filling stations in Nay Pyi Taw, 186 filling stations in Yangon Region, 647 filling stations in Mandalay Region, 214 […]

Panel to Consider Changing Laws to Aid Kachin Farmers

A committee will be set up comprising farmers and civil society organisations to resolve farmland problems in Kachin State, U M Kawn La of the Kachin National Congress said. The committee, to initially include political party officials, law experts, civil society groups and literature associations, will discuss important farmland issues in the state. “Some of […]

Mining to resume at suspended jade blocks

Jade mining at private blocks in Lonekhin and Hpakant, Kachin State, which had been temporarily suspended since July, have been permitted to resume this month, according to Myanmar Gems Enterprise, which is under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation. The suspension was ordered during the rainy season between July and September. While mining […]

Myanmar’s stalled China-backed Myitsone dam project strained bilateral ties for years — now it could be scaled back or moved

A top Myanmar investment official on Tuesday suggested scaling back or relocating a stalled Chinese-backed hydropower project that has strained ties between the neighbours for nearly a decade. The suggestion follows a statement by the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar earlier this month that said civil society organisations in Kachin state supported the planned project. Hundreds […]

Projects Approved by Previous Gov’t Should Not Be Abolished: State Counselor

Myanmar State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said no investor would trust in Myanmar if a new government abolishes projects approved by its predecessor just because they do not comply with its policies. Her comments were in response to a question posed by a student at a meeting with locals in Kalay Township in […]

On Myanmar border, a city thrives

Opening-up has played a key role in the economic development of Tengchong, Yunnan province, both in the past and today, local authorities say. “It is not hard to see that all the economically active periods in Tengchong’s history were those when we had close contacts and deep exchanges with South and Southeast Asia, and the […]

Puma Energy JV expands $10 mln capital for aviation fuel services in Myanmar

National Energy Puma Aviation Services Company, which is joint venture between Singapore-based Puma Energy and Myanmar Petroleum Products Enterprises under the Ministry of Electricity and Energy, made capital expansion of over US$10.204 million in aviation fuel import, storage and distribution businesses, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). “The government holds more […]

MPs urge govt to rein in farmland sales

The subdivision and selling of farmland must be done by the national government, not by local management and development committees, a legislator in the Upper House has said. U Myo Win, MP for Mon State constituency 1, underscored the need for the national government to regulate the activities of management and development committees in townships […]

Myanmar targets plastic waste in growing green movement

This year’s theme for World Environment Day is plastic pollution, a scourge on Myanmar that is more easily seen in its beaches, mountains and cities than its dearth of reliable statistics. But over the past year a string of hopeful environmental initiatives are pushing back against unnecessary waste. One example is Yangon’s “Straws Suck,” an […]

Mandalay to rethink wheel tax collection

The Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) has announced it will rework the collection of tolls and the wheel tax on vehicles without opening a new tender for the last six months of the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Tolls are one of MCDC’s most lucrative sources of income. Revenue from toll gate collection exceeds K15 billion (US$10.95 […]