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Tigyit coal-fired power plant not harmful to public: Energy Ministry

Tigyit coal-fired power plant is not harmful for local residents and is built in accordance with the UN’s standards, said Khin Maung Win, Managing Director of Electric Power Supply Enterprise under the Ministry of Electricity and Energy at the monthly press conference held in Nay Pyi Taw, yesterday. “The plant cannot be harmful to the […]

Myanmar urged to tap green power

Given that nearly 70 per cent of the population in Myanmar lacks access to electricity, the government must optimise its abundant natural resources to implement green energy projects in order to solve its power crisis, says Shoon So Oo, energy programme manager at World Wildlife Fund Myanmar. “For Myanmar’s economy to go further, we must […]

Illegal trade more rampant than before, govt measures not effective

Government efforts to prevent illegal border trade have not been effective or sufficient and counterfeit goods are still being smuggled into the country. In fact, things are worse than before. “Illegal trade can’t be controlled. Illegal trade is worse than before even though measures were taken to reopen some of the border gates by the […]

Kayin State opens tender for Hpa-an mall

The Kayin State government is calling tenders for building the first shopping mall in the state capital of Hpa-an, a senior planning official said. U Than Naing, minister of the municipality as well as of the planning and finance departments of the state government, said the project was planned to be built within a two-and-a-half-year […]

JICA to fund new projects to replace old suspension bridges

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will fund the construction of new bridges to replace ageing suspension bridges in some areas of the country, an official of the Japanese aid agency said. Among the new bridges that JICA will fund include the one that will replace the Gyaing suspension bridge in Kawkareik township of Kayin […]

Fate of Thai-Kayin Coal Plant Project Hinges on Assessment

​​ The parliamentary approval for a Thai coal power plant in Kayin State would depend on the results of the environment impact assessment (EIA), which is being conducted by an independent agency, a spokesman of the state parliament said. U Saw Chit Khin said the state parliament would wait for the EIA results before it decides […]

Businesses Are Still Investing Billions in Refugee Crisis-Hit Myanmar

As the U.S. and Europe grow increasingly outraged over the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar, Asian businesses are continuing to invest. Bangkok-based construction company TTCL Pcl is one of the latest examples, targeting the first half of next year to complete a funding plan and shareholder structure for a planned $3 billion coal-fired power plant in Kayin state bordering Thailand. […]

Kayin residents voice concerns over coal-fired power plant

Kayin (Karen) State Chief Minister Nan Khin Htwe Myint met for the first time with local residents opposing a coal-fired power plant at a public consultation on October 14. Around 1,500 people attended the discussion, which was held in Hpa’n township’s Sasana Rama Wut Gyi monastery, including state government officials, experts, and residents from Ta […]

Hpa-an Industrial Zone attracts only two foreign firms in six years

Only two foreign firms have invested in Hpa-an Industrial Zone in Kayin State between 2010 and 2016, according to the Kayin State Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Those foreign firms from Thailand and Japan are joint-ventures with local entrepreneurs engaged in the garment and wool enterprises, it is learnt. Thai entrepreneurs recently visited the zone, […]

Government plans to build new cement plant in Hpa-an

FUNDED by Kayin State government, a cement plant will be established in Hpa-an Township, with plans to produce cement with the use of coal, said Daw Nan Khin Htwe Myint, the state chief minister. This comes from a recent meeting between region authorities and the public, who disagreed to a plan to carry out cement […]