28 Burmese Expats to Regain Citizenship

Twenty-eight Burmese expatriates will be granted Burmese citizenship soon, said permanent secretary of the Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population U Myint Kyaing. The former administration under ex-President U Thein Sein invited Burmese expatriates back to join state-building efforts after he assumed office in 2011. Dual citizenship is prohibited in Burma, according to the 1982 […]

Yangon govt ‘invests’ Ks70bn in YBS

Yangon Bus Public Company Ltd (YBPC) has deposited Ks70 billion at the Ayeyarwady Bank for the Yangon Bus Service (YBS), according to Myint Thaung, the regional minister for planning and finance. Replying to the question raised by Sandar Min, an MP representing Seikgyi Khanaungto constituency no.1, about investment, profit-sharing and the business plan for the […]

New Myanmar oil pipeline bolsters China’s energy security

The opening of an oil pipeline through Myanmar is a big step forward for China’s energy security, reducing the major importer’s reliance on shipments through waters where the U.S. exerts strong influence. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Htin Kyaw, his counterpart from Myanmar, agreed Monday to activate an oil pipeline stretching roughly 770km from Kyaukpyu, […]

Minister for halt to fencing along Myanmar-Nagaland border

Strongly objecting to border fencing along the India-Myanmar border in the state, state health and family welfare minister P Longon said the move has adversely affected the livelihood of villagers whose land and resources have been arbitrarily put on the “wrong” side of the border. On 12 December, 2016, the border fencing construction work was […]

License revocation for distilleries that breach rules on waste management

Distilleries that fail to adopt standards in discharging their waste water will have their licenses revoked, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Maj-Gen Aung Soe said to the Pyithu Hluttaw Session yesterday. The minister made the statement in response to a motion urging the union government to take action against distilleries that fail to observe the […]

Yangon Region govt plans to build more reservoirs

The Yangon Region government is planning to establish reservoirs to ensure a reliable drinking water supply in the future. In response to a question at the Yangon Region parliament yesterday, U Maung Maung Soe, the Yangon Region Development Affairs Minister, said the government unveiled a long-term plan to supply drinking water to Yangon residents in […]

Offshore base project unknown to MOGE

Mon State officials are keen on a partnership with a private firm to build a base for resupplying offshore oil and gas projects, though national officials say they have not yet heard of the venture. The Mon State government and Myanmar Offshore Supply Base, a subsidiary of a Singapore firm called 2 Fish Company, aim […]

Foreign trade to increase to US$35 billion this year

Myanmar aims to raise its foreign trade volume by US$10 billion during the current 2014-15 fiscal year, according to the Ministry of Commerce. Myanmar’s foreign trade volume gone has from US$15 billion to US$25 billion in three years. “We intend to increase it to US$35 billion this fiscal year,” said Minister of Commerce Win Myint. […]

Minister decries cost of rice exports to China

It costs more to transport a tonne of rice from Yangon to Muse, Myanmar’s main border gate with China, than it does to ship it to Africa, Minister of Commerce Win Myint said. Each tonne of rice costs US$80 to transport from Yangon to Muse, said the minister. “The amount is higher than the cost […]

Draft town plan to stabilise runaway prices: minister

Land speculators could get their fingers burnt if town planning rules prevent the construction of certain types of building on their property, a government minister has warned. U Soe Maung, Union Minister for the State President’s Office, says that city zoning could help stabilise land prices. Yangon land prices have soared since the introduction of […]