Rights groups call on Obama to renew sanctions

A coalition of 29 human rights groups issued a statement on Tuesday urging US President Barack Obama to continue the country’s policy of “national emergency” with respect to Myanmar, which is set to expire later this month. A number of sanctioning tools remain at the disposal of the US State Department and Treasury, although most […]

Editorial: Despite progress, Myanmar women still at a disadvantage

Knowledge is power and Myanmar’s women deserve to have more of both, says CNN anchorwoman Most nternational sanctions on Myanmar have been lifted and the country is rapidly changing. However, the education system is reforming in fits and starts. For more than two decades, the former military junta suppressed schools and universities fearing more student-led […]

Energy Giant Total likely to explore new blocks

French energy giant Total would consider developing new offshore blocks as economic reform continues to take hold in the country, an executive from the firm said. Total is currently awaiting the results for its bid for off-shore blocks submitted in two proposals that would see exploration of deep-water blocks. The results for the widely anticipated […]

Exports to the U.S. top US$11 million this year

Myanmar has exported more than US$ 11 million worth of products, mainly in garments and fishery, to the United States this fiscal year, according to government statistics. The figures show a sizeable increase from US$ 2.81 million earned in exports to the U.S in the same period last year. The United States lifted economic sanction […]

In Myanmar, Newly Free Media Struggle to Turn a Profit

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar’s journalists celebrated this year when the government lifted a five-decade ban on private newspapers. But six months after a dozen dailies rushed into production, journalists who had withstood the wrath and cruelty of a military dictatorship are struggling against something much more mundane: market forces. Despite expectations of pent-up demand, publishers […]

Firms line up for Myanmar opportunity

By Jaspal Bindral (group executive director and CEO Asia, Standard Chartered) As senior decision-makers from around the globe descended on Myanmar’s capital of Naypyidaw for the World Economic Forum on East Asia recently, multinational companies were lining up to explore the huge commercial opportunities in the country. At Standard Chartered, we’re seeing strong, and growing, […]