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Draft law to create trade authority, empower commerce ministry

The Ministry of Commerce (MoC) has drafted a law to establish a trade development body made up entirely of cabinet ministers and empower the new authority and MoC to issue lists of restricted items and non-tariff regulations. The legislation is expected to be approved by parliament within this year and the drafting was supported by […]

No takers for gem-trading licences

No one has applied for licences to trade raw and finished gems at Mandalay’s Kyauk Wine gem market, where thousands of people trade daily, said U Maung Maung Shein, deputy general manager of Myanmar Gems Enterprise (Mandalay). Under the gems law, merchants can apply for three kinds of licences, and no one has applied for […]

Myanmar real estate service law to be enacted within three months

The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw will approve a real estate service law within three months, said U Tin Maung Win, chair of Transport, Communication and Construction Committee at Myanmar Real Estate Services Association annual meeting on March 23. “Although some have said that it is too early, the law will be enacted within three months if it […]

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 […]

Growth in mining industry expected as investments rise

Myanmar’s mining industry is expected to expand in next year on the back of higher foreign and domestic investments. And as more permits for small-scale mining in the regions and states will be approved, mineral exports will also improve during the year, U Than Soe, deputy permanent secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and […]

FDI in Thilawa SEZ project declines by $ 18.5 m

From April to August of the mini budget period, the foreign investments in Thilawa Special Economic Zone Project has dropped by US$ 18.5 million compared with the same period last year, according to a press conference by Myanmar Investment Commission on August 29. Than Aung Kyaw, Deputy Director of Directorate of Investment and Companies Administration […]

Mandalay city to seize low-cost apartments flipped by owners

The Mandalay City Development Authority will seize apartments that have been resold and re-rented in low-cost housing buildings for squatters, a senior city official has said. U Kyaw San Myint, a member of the authority, said his office is compiling a list of people occupying the buildings on Strand Road west of Mandalay city. City […]

29 industrial zones in Yangon Region to be handed over to YCDC

A total of 29 industrial zones will be placed under the control of Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), said Yangon Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein. “There are a total of 29 industrial zones in Yangon Region. These industrial zones will have to be handed over to the YCDC. We are trying to upgrade regional facilities,” […]

Myanmar is new frontier for Japanese condo developer

YANGON — Japanese housing developer Tama Home will establish a condominium joint venture in Myanmar in a bid to attract rising ranks of higher-income buyers. Tama Home and local partner Kakehashi Real Estate Group will set up the new company, which will serve as the lead contractor on projects. Construction has started on a 541-sq.-meter […]

Myanmar stresses importance of rule of law for national development

YANGON, March 12 (Xinhua) — Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has stressed the importance of rule of law and its effect on national development, calling for enforcing rule of law to achieve peace for development. Addressing the Conference on Justice Sector Coordinating for Rule of Law in the capital of Nay Pyi Taw, […]