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 […]

Myanmar firms jittery over upcoming AEC

YANGON • Urbane, British-educated Thuta Aung, general secretary of a trade task force from Myanmar’s Ministry of Commerce, ventured to the rural riverside town of Hpa-an in the country’s south-east last month. The town sits on the banks of the Thanlwin about 300km from Yangon, the commercial centre of about 420,000 people. It is the […]

Fewer than 10,000 Myanmar expats apply to vote in Yangon

According to the Yangon Region election commission, fewer than 10,000 residents of the region who are currently living abroad requested permission to vote in the upcoming national. Myanmar citizens living abroad legally were invited to submit Form No 15 to their nearest Myanmar embassies. The forms were sent to the Union Election Commission, which then […]