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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, […]

Premchai’s charges add to Myanmar worry over Dawei economic zone

The arrest of Premchai Karnasuta, president of Thailand-based Italian-Thai Development company (ITD) on poaching charges, has caused alarm in Myanmar’s Dawei communities, where the company is developing the of Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ), the Myanmar Times online has reported. The news outlet also reported that despite the unprecedented media outcry over the case, it […]

Agribusiness potential for Cambodia, Mongolia and Myanmar

Double digit GDP growth rates, plenty of farm land and strategically located in Asia. This is why Cambodia, Mongolia, Myanmar are considered emerging markets with huge potential for agribusiness and feed production. Vietnam is considered as one of the fastest growing and most potential Asian countries, as far as livestock numbers and feed production is […]

How does mining benefit Myanmar?

Author: Jan Dharmabandu is a mining engineer and a Chartered Environmentalist attached to Perth based Ensys Consultants. This article originally appeared in the Global New Light of Myanmar on 30th May 2017 as “What is & Why Mining: a Perspective from Myanmar”.   Each year about 5 billion tonnes of minerals are mined from the […]