Nay Pyi Taw needs to ensure investors aren’t misled over Rakhine crisis

Interview with Felix Chung, honorary chair of the Hong Kong Myanmar Manufacturers’ Association THE responsibility lies squarely with Nay Pyi Taw to ensure that foreign investors are not misled over the Rakhine crisis, according to a manufacturer association. The Myanmar Times sat down with Felix Chung, honorary chair of the Hong Kong Myanmar Manufacturers’ Association […]

What is the Future of the Media in Myanmar?

The media – once termed the “Fourth Estate” in society by British parliamentarian and philosopher Edmund Burke – plays a vital role in shaping democracy and open public discourse. Its role is particularly important in new democracies, as societies develop both economically and politically, with the people given the opportunity to think critically and vote […]

‘Tremendous opportunity for growth’ identified in the BIMSTEC region

Participants at a Yangon roundtable discussion today point to largely untapped opportunities for trade, communication and cultural exchange in a region of 2.5 billion souls. Parami Roundtable and Mizzima Media Group organised a roundtable on Myanmar and BIMSTEC to commemorate the celebration of 20 years of BIMSTEC. BIMSTEC, known as Bay of Bengal Initiative for […]

Economy More Important Than Democracy in Myanmar, Survey Says

YANGON — Myanmar people rated economic development as more important than democratic reform, according to a survey of Myanmar public opinion by the International Republican Institute (IRI) released on Tuesday. The survey questioned 3,000 people over the age of 18 across all states and regions between March 9 and April 1, 2017 on their views […]

Yangon Chief Minister Apologizes to Military Chief

YANGON — Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein apologized to the Myanmar Army Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing for comments that the military called confrontational. The chief minister said there were no civil-military relations in the democratic era and that the military’s commander-in-chief was the same as the level of director-general according to the […]

France’s Havas to Acquire Riverorchid Agency

France-based Havas has announced its planned acquisition of Riverorchid, a communications agency with operations in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. This move will see Havas having operations in nine out of ten Southeast Asian economies. Riverorchid brings a team of approximately 250 people offering solutions including advertising, media, PR, research and digital. “Acquiring Riverorchid […]

State-run news agency plans to start charging for news

Myanmar News Agency (MNA), a state-run news agency that is part of the Ministry of Information, is planning to sell news about the government, governmental departments and ministers to private news outlets. Myo Nyunt, chief reporter of MNA, told DVB that MNA’s content is currently free, but once the organisation transitions into a public service […]

UMFCCI urges Chinese businesses to start factories

The joint secretary of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industries (UMFCCI), has urged Chinese investors not only to buy raw materials from Myanmar but also to set up factories. Aye Lwin was speaking at a business meeting between Myanmar and Chinese entrepreneurs on December 16, co-organised by the UMFCCI and […]

Mango Media’s Rose Swe

Aye Hnin Swe, known as Rose Swe, is the managing director of Mango Media, a marketing, public relations and advertising company whose clients include Coca-Cola, Visa, Unilever and Telenor – to name but a few. The media and advertising veteran talks to Myanmar Business Weekly about her career as a female entrepreneur in a country […]

China’s Huawei market leader in mobile handset in Myanmar

Chinese telecom companies are enthusiastic about Myanmar’s efforts to boost its underdeveloped telecom market, said a high-level manager at the Myanmar branch of a top Chinese telecom company. “The inflow of top telecom operators from all over the world creates a brilliant opportunity to upgrade the country’s telecom sector,” said Ren Geng, managing director of […]