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 […]

Regional investment commission approves first Kachin project

The Kachin State Investment Commission has approved one investment involving K1,688 million since its office was opened last July. The commission is currently examining two investment applications, U Tun Kyaw Kyaw, deputy director from at the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA), explained. The approved investment is in the agriculture sector and relates to […]

What Does Myanmar’s ‘Biggest Ever’ Drug Bust Actually Mean?

On Thursday, the government of Myanmar announced what it claimed as the biggest recorded drug seizure in the country’s history. While the development does deserve mention as part of a wider ongoing crackdown by Naypyidaw, the focus on such record-breaking individual seizures also obscures the massive scale of the problem the country faces as well […]

NLD government to face tougher challenges in 2018

Among the many countries struggling for democracy, some succeed, some fail, while others slide back after a few measures of success. Myanmar is one of these countries, which recently gained democracy through peaceful reforms and elections but now appears to be sliding back to its old draconian ways. After more than 20-year military rule, the […]

Forest rights create new livelihoods in Myanmar

In Myanmar, the National League for Democracy (NLD) is transferring the rights to forest land – and all its potential bounty – to local communities. Duncan McQueen explains how this important move, supported by peer-to-peer learning, is helping to establish new long-term livelihoods. It is impossible to talk about Myanmar without acknowledging the persecution of […]

The Politics Of Myanmar’s Changing Tea Culture

Pulling low wooden stools out from under a short square table, a group of longyi-clad men sits down at an open-air tea shop in downtown Yangon, Myanmar. One man makes a kiss-kiss noise and calls out an order to the young waiter. Moments later, porcelain teacups filled with steaming laphet yay — sweet Burmese tea carefully mixed with black […]

Telenor’s Valyou receives UNCDF support for financial inclusion in Myanmar

Valyou, a service from Telenor Group, will provide low-cost international remittance services to Myanmar in its effort to promote greater financial inclusion in Southeast Asia. Through Valyou’s international remittance platform, Myanmar nationals in Thailand and Malaysia will soon be able to send money directly to their family and friends back home. Valyou’s international remittance service […]

World-Class Aquarium to Open in Kandawgyi in April 2018

An aquarium of international standard is set to open in Kandawgyi in Yangon next April, according to U Phyo Min Thein, chief minister of Yangon Region. “Arrangements are being made to open an aquarium of international standard at Kandawgyi in April 2018,” he said. Fish breeding, prawn breeding and fish-keeping will be taught at a […]

China says will keep talking to Myanmar over stalled dam scheme

BEIJING: China said on Wednesday it will continue to talk to Myanmar about a controversial stalled dam project, after Myanmar’s new energy minister cast doubt over the scheme. Valued at US$3.6 billion, the Myitsone dam project in the north of the former Burma has been a sticking point between the two countries since the previous […]