Commit-and-Act Approach Expected Among Investors

Despite the 30 percent drop in FDI compared to the preceding year, the inward FDI in the financial year 2016-17 was moderately satisfactory, with US$6.6 billion. That amount mainly derived from the transport and communications sector. The sector alone attracted US$3 billion FDI, making it the top sector in terms of FDI. However, it is […]

Myanmar coffee producers lag behind neighbouring countries

YANGON – Despite the fact that Myanmar has many fertile upland areas, the country is not known as a major coffee producer unlike neighbours Laos and nearby Vietnam. In recent years, local entrepreneurs have been exploring new ways to grow and market coffee domestically and abroad, with Ngwe Tun, the founder of Genuis Shan Highlands […]

Coffee: You’re Making it All Wrong

​​ Weekend learns the art – and the science – of making the perfect cup of coffee. Despite an unrelenting stream of coffee shop openings over the past year or so, it is still surprisingly difficult to find a decent cup of coffee in Myanmar – unless, of course, your idea of decent is three-in-one. Buying […]

Can Myanmar’s Hydropower Study Truly be For The People?

In recent weeks, violent clashes in Kayin State have further disrupted Myanmar’s fragile peace process. Fighting between the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) and the government-sponsored Border Guard Force (BGF) in Mae Tha Waw areas of Hlaingbwe township, and more recently near Kawkareik township, has displaced over a thousand people. Entire families have fled their homes and are […]

Amid Peace and Prosperity, Myanmar Farmers Fall Prey to Land Seizures

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Land conflicts in Myanmar have escalated in recent years, with military and armed groups driving people from their land, and new laws failing to protect farmers, a rights watchdog said on Thursday. Land disputes are a longstanding problem in Myanmar, but researchers from New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) documented […]

Casinos thrive in Myawady

The number of casinos in Myawady, Kayin State, is growing, according to local sources. Casinos are heavily restricted by Myanmar law, and gamblers around the country are frequently arrested by police. The Maw La Min Casino is the first of its kind to advertise publicly by erecting a billboard in Ward 5. Kayin State MP […]

Slips for Hpa-an’s affordable housing project sold off to third parties

Entitlement slips for units in an affordable housing project to be built in the vicinity of Hpa-an’s Industrial Zone, Kayin State, are already being bought and sold, local real-estate agents have told Myitmakha News Agency. The ‘slips’, which require the holder to pay off the value of the affordable housing unit with a sum of […]

MIC grants permission for nine investments

Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) granted permission on 19th August for nine local and foreign investments, including a five-star hotel. Pun Hlaing Lodge Hotel Management Co., Ltd has been given permission to operater a five-star hotel on 2.196 acres of land at Pan Hlaing Golf Estate, Hlaingthaya Township, Yangon, it is learnt from a meeting of […]

Car prices within Kayin State rise amid month-long suspension of Japanese imports into Thailand

Hpa-an, July 11 – reports of a month-long suspension to the normal arrival of Japanese containers into the Thailand – Myanmar border region of Mae Sot has prompted a rise in the car market within Myanmar’s Kayin State, according to car sales agents from Myawady. Changes to the Kayin State car market are reportedly dependent upon […]

From village to victim, Myanmar women fear foreign maid work ban puts them at risk

The ban on women going abroad to find such employment was initiated in September 2014, following a number of high profile cases of worker abuse. Biak and her older sister Van Hnem left to find work as maids in Singapore with few job opportunities in their remote village in Chin State, the poorest region of Myanmar where 73 per […]