Govt urged to establish Belt and Road taskforce

From tackling illegal border trade to constructing Kyaukphyu SEZ, the to-do list for Belt and Road in Myanmar is very long. THE Myanmar government is urged to take a proactive role and form a taskforce to carve out its involvement in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). An adviser to the National League for Democracy-led […]

India’s policy change on pea imports impacts Myanmar

Severe restrictions announced recently by India limiting the amount of pea products from Myanmar has quickly and adversely affected the local pulses market, officials said yesterday. On Monday, India capped imports of mung beans and green mung beans (pigeon peas) at only 300,000 tons, after the prices of the pulses plummeted due to record production. […]

China May shelve Controversial Myitsone Dam in Exchange for Other Interests in Myanmar

NAYPYITAW, MYANMAR – China has shifted its position in a lengthy dispute with Myanmar over the building of a $3.6 billion dam, seven sources said, signaling its willingness to abandon the project in exchange for other economic and strategic opportunities in Myanmar. Myanmar President Htin Kyaw will discuss a potential deal on the massive Myitsone dam […]

Myanmar, Laos Vow to Enhance Bilateral Cooperation in All Sectors

​​ Myanmar and Laos have vowed to enhance bi­lateral cooperation in all sectors with a specific fo­cus on the socio-econom­ic development of border inhabitants, according to sources with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The pledge was made at the 12th meeting of My­anmar-Laos Border Re­gion Authorities at cen­tral level in Yangon. The meeting, co-chaired by […]

Govt to hold press conferences on its 100-day undertakings

The government will hold press conferences on its 100-day undertakings in Nay Pyi Taw, the Ministry of Information said yesterday. The press conference will begin today with four ministries—the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Border Affairs and Ministry of Electricity and Energy —giving briefings and answering media questions. The schedules are subject to change […]

Government’s work performance for first 100 days press conference to be held on Friday

A PRESS conference on the government’s work performance for the first 100 days will take place at the Ministry of Information at 1 pm this Friday with four ministries— the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Border Affairs, Ministry of Electricity and Energy and Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement— giving briefings and answering […]

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi to Meet With Migrant Workers in Thailand

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi will meet with about 3,000 migrants from her country who work in neighboring Thailand to discuss their concerns about their status and risks during a three-day state visit that begins on Thursday, said the head of an activist organization that advocates for migrant workers. Aung San Suu Kui, […]

Taiwan, Myanmar to hold second bilateral business council meeting

Taipei, Feb. 23 (CNA) Taiwan and Myanmar are scheduled to have their second joint business council meeting in the first half of 2016 to explore opportunities for strengthened bilateral economic ties, a Taiwanese foreign affairs official said Tuesday. Following the first meeting held in 2013, the next one is set to take place in Yangon, […]

Government backtracks on vehicle import policies

Bowing under pressure from dealers and sellers, the government has relaxed its new vehicle import policies for the coming year. The changes will come as a relief to importers, who had deemed policies announced in mid-December too strict, and had asked President U Thein Sein to consider an amendment. The unpopular regulations announced in December […]

Asean awaits – nervously – a new Myanmar

After a successful election early last month, which handed down a landslide victory to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League of Democracy, there is a growing sense of anxiety within Asean about what kind of a new Myanmar is emerging. Asean leaders understand too well the grouping’s most famous nemesis, Suu Kyi, is going […]