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Phakant jade mining temporarily put on hold

A temporary halt in jade mining, extracting and production in Phakant —a lucrative mining area in Kachin State— thanks to inadequate regulation and weather conditions. The Myanmar Gems Enterprise issued a directive banning jade mining and extraction in response to recent disasters. The statement points out recent collapses and landslides resulting in deaths and damages […]

Master plan prepared for Chinese-backed Kachin economic zone: state minister

YANGON—A Kachin State minister said a master plan for a planned, Chinese-backed, model economic zone along the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor has been prepared, and the Myanmar government is engaged in deep discussions with the company for the project’s implementation to avoid further challenges. The Kachin State government and the Yunnan Tengchong Heng Yong Investment Company […]

Kachin Gov’t Set to Reject Mongolian Mining Proposal

YANGON—The Kachin State government has decided to shelve a Mongolian company’s proposal to conduct a feasibility study on the extraction of gold and other minerals in Myanmar’s largest national conservation area, a sanctuary nearly triple the size of Singapore in Kachin’s northernmost township, due to serious environmental concerns. The project was proposed by Inner Mongolia […]

Kachin residents urge govt to stop quarrying on island

Kachin residents have urged the government to stop large-scale gold mining and sand quarrying on an island in the Ayeyarwady River, as the activities could harm the environment and the livelihoods of villagers. More than 600 residents from several villages in the state capital, Myitkyina, and Waingmaw township, sent a letter to the state government […]

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 […]

China faces backlash as it bids to rekindle stalled US$3.6 billion Myitsone Dam project

Political and religious leaders in Myanmar’s Kachin state have hit back at apparent efforts by Beijing to breathe new life into a controversial China-funded dam project as the Southeast Asian nation comes under fire from the West over its treatment of the Rohingya Muslims. In a joint statement released on Monday, three ethnic Kachin political […]

Implementation of burma’s vacant, fallow and virgin land management law: at odds with the nationwide ceasefire agreement and peace negotiations

Land rights of peoples must be protected to improve prospects for peace. The Government of Myanmar’s approach to land policy risks increasing land conflicts and exacerbating current challenges in formal peace negotiations. Civil society organizations strongly oppose implementation of the recently-amended Vacant, Fallow and Virgin Land Management Law (VFV Land Law), due to well-founded fears […]

Ministry to solicit EOI for border economic zones

The government is moving ahead with plans to develop three areas along the Myanmar-China border as economic zones, Deputy Commerce Minister U Aung Htoo said. The plan to develop the border economic zones is one of five agreements signed during State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to China last year. In July, the […]

Fast-Growing Coffee Sector Looks for Extra Shot of Support From Government

YANGON— Myanmar’s coffee market is growing robustly, with the country’s beans attracting increasing interest in international markets as well as locally, industry sources said. U Min Hlaing, secretary of the Myanmar Coffee Association, said demand for Myanmar coffee has surged in the past few years and it is now being exported to more than a […]

Myanmar jade industry gathers dust despite China-led boom

NAYPYITAW — The jade mining industry in Myanmar, one of the world’s richest sources of the gem, is scrambling to meet rising Chinese demand, sometimes at the cost of human lives. Yet this booming trade has not translated into growth beyond the dangerous work of extraction. In fact, Myanmar’s jade processing industry has languished, mainly […]