Coffee Exports Stimulated by Production and Demand

Myanmar coffee traders have exported 535 tons of coffee beans this fiscal year, twice as much as the same period the year before, according to statistics from the Ministry of Commerce. Last year, the nation exported 860 tons of coffee generating $1.438 million. In the first five months of the 2017-2018 fiscal year, exports have […]

Unregulated and untaxed: Casino on Thai border Thrives

When we arrive at the Border Guard Force checkpoint, security guards look us up and down, then ask if we are coming to the casino. It’s 8pm. We nod and are allowed in. The 24-hour 999 casino is located on the bank of Kayin State’s Thaung Yin river that separates Myanmar and Thailand, dividing Myawaddy […]

Department of Livestock Veterinary and Breeding Department IFAD Grant ‘Developing scalable smallholder Livestock models in Myanmar. Closing Date 8 Sep 2017

Subscribe to our tender alert mailing list Endline Assessment Consultancy The Department of Livestock Veterinary and Breeding (LBVD) invites expressions of interest from qualified and experienced Myanmar consultancy agencies for the above mentioned consultancy. This is an opportunity for an experienced consultancy agency to conduct an endline assessment of a smallholder development pig enterprise pilot […]

Kayin state struggles expose Myanmar’s energy dilemma

Myanmar’s renewed interest in coal carries broader risks for the administration. But although a more forward-thinking approach towards greener energy is desirable, renewables come with their own problems. Local and national opposition to a proposed coal plant in Kayin state, eastern Myanmar, has exposed Myanmar’s energy security dilemma. Activists argue the project will have a range of […]

Foreign Firms May Be Allowed to Join Myanmar E-Lottery Business

A stamp-duty amendment and government lottery bills that would open the e-lottery business to all were submitted to Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on July 14. The government lottery has been operating since 1938 under orders and instructions without a proper law, thus a government lottery bill had to be drafted and submitted, Minister for Planning and Finance […]

Solar panels light up thousands of homes in Kayin State

Over 11,000 rural households in Kayin (Karen) State are set to newly receive electricity thanks to a long-awaited solar panel program. Under the National Electrification Project (NEP), the World Bank and the Department of Rural Development are installing heavily subsidized solar panels, which were sold to villagers at a fraction of the real cost. The […]

Facebook Campaign in Kayin State Against Coal Power Plant

KAYIN – Facebook users have been changing their profile pictures to be part of a mass campaign that says ‘‘In Karen State No Coal”. Local people and civil society organisations oppose plans for a coal-fired power plant to be built beside the Thanlwin River near Thone Ein, Watgyi and Htonetaung villages in Hpa-an township, groups […]

Only high-tech firms for hydro, coal power

Only companies and countries with access to the latest technologies and technologies which minimise environmental impact will be considered to take part in hydro and coal power projects in Myanmar, a senior official from the Ministry of Electricity and Energy told The Myanmar Times. “For electricity generation sources, we are planning to consider only the […]

Global economic instability drives the rubber price to decline

Rubber prices in Myanmar have declined due to global economic instability, particularly in durable goods markets and petroleum which are closely linked to rubber said U Khaing Myint, the general secretary of Myanmar Rubber Planters and Producers Association. Since May, a tonne of Myanmar rubber sold for about US$1,400 whereas the rubber price hit US$1,800-2,000 […]

Myanmar Coffee Exports to Stimulate Agro Sector

The government has placed emphasis on the diversification of crops which have wide international markets access, in addition to paddy, and it hopes to increase coffee production. Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Dr Aung Thu, said he hopes to increase the coffee acreage to 200,000 and exports to 60,000 tons by 2030. “During […]