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Log exports to be permitted to lure timber plantations

The Forest Department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation has been planning to permit the export of logs harvested from private timber plantations, U Tin Tun, director of the Forest Department, told The Myanmar Times. To protect the environment and prevent deforestation, Myanmar in April 2014 banned the export of whole logs […]

Mining applications flow in, but few are complete

Over 1000 applications have been received for mining blocks since July, according to U Min Min Oo, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) at the 4th annual general meeting of Myanmar Federation of Mining Association held last week. However, only 193 of all the applications received are complete, he […]

What to expect from Myanmar’s top five export sectors

Even though Myanmar managed to bring down its trade deficit by US$500 million to $1.3 billion during the period between April 1 and September 30 from the same period last year, the volatile exchange rate and rising oil prices may well continue to drive up import costs in the coming months. U Yan Naing Tun, […]

EOI measuring limestone for building cement factory in Hakha district, Chin State. Closing date 27 Nov 2018

Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Department of Geological Survey and Mineral Explorer Expression of Interest in measuring limestone for building a cement factory in Hakha district, Chin State   The Department of Geological Survey and Mineral Explorer from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation has issued an expression of interest inviting […]

Fuel-efficient cooking stoves in 22,000 households in Mandalay

Some 22,000 households in Mandalay Region are using fuel-efficient stoves as part of a government effort to reduce the use of firewood and the resulting destruction of forests and mangroves, according to the Mandalay Forestry Department. U Tint Swe, director of the department, said the stove campaign is aimed at addressing the energy shortage in […]

Mining Enterprise invites to submit the tender quotation for sale of Metal Ores, Closing date: 16 November 2018.

Invitation for open tender No.2/2018 (1) Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, No. (1) Mining Enterprise Invites to submit the tender quotation sale open tender in the United State Dollars. (a) Cathode Copper (5000) M/T (15) Lot Group (1) (1)Lot 100 Tonnes each, 5 Lot  Monywa, Mine Site Group (2) (1)Lot 200 Tonnes each, […]

Electricity subsidy is wrong, Pun tells minister

Business leader Serge Pun weighed into the debate on the country’s energy tariff reforms at the Myanmar Global Investment Forum in Nay Pyi Taw on September 11, calling the electricity subsidy “wrong” and saying that the authorities are not pushing reforms due to “political sensitivity.” “I think it [subsidising electricity] has always been a wrong […]

Myanmar to resume timber extraction

Myanmar will produce 15,000 tons of teak in the timber extraction season this year, said Kyaw Kyaw Lwin, Deputy Director-General of Forest Department at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, at a round-table discussion on the State economy pertaining to the forest sector. “The ministry has been carrying out timber extraction from natural […]

Lack of Funding Fueling Corruption in Forestry Sector, Senior Official Says

More than 3,200 Forestry Department staff overseen by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation have been subject to disciplinary action over the past seven years, department director U Khin Maung Win said, adding that the problem is largely a result of under-funding. They were disciplined for violations including bribery and corruption, negligence, misconduct, […]

Myanmar jade industry gathers dust despite China-led boom

NAYPYITAW — The jade mining industry in Myanmar, one of the world’s richest sources of the gem, is scrambling to meet rising Chinese demand, sometimes at the cost of human lives. Yet this booming trade has not translated into growth beyond the dangerous work of extraction. In fact, Myanmar’s jade processing industry has languished, mainly […]