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 […]

Big dams can wait, Myanmar overhauls energy strategy

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) – Big hydropower dams are not a priority in Myanmar’s strategy to tackle chronic power shortages, the country’s new energy minister said in an interview that cast doubt over a controversial China-backed project in the country’s north. Already the construction minister, Win Khaing has overhauled the poor Southeast Asian country’s power strategy since […]

Inside myanmar’s incendiary and illegal charcoal trade

A year-long investigation into the multi-million-dollar charcoal market and how it moves from the villages of Myanmar into Chinese smelters. A trader turns off his truck’s engine at yet another checkpoint and, again, the soldiers ask him for cash. His truck is filled with charcoal from Myanmar, destined for factories in China’s mountainous southwest province […]

Five killed in Myanmar jade clash

YANGON: Police in northern Myanmar opened fire on hundreds of local residents who tried to enter a jade mine, killing at least five and injuring 20 others, state media said on Friday. Five policemen were also reportedly hurt. The official Myanmar News Agency said 50 jade seekers initially tried to force their way into the […]

Burning down the house: Myanmar’s destructive charcoal trade

A nearly year-long investigation by Mongabay led to a multi-part reporting project into the illegal production and trade of charcoal in Myanmar. One route for charcoal sales from Myanmar to China documented by Mongabay could generate as much as $10 million a year in payoffs alone to Burmese government officials. The cheap energy source is […]