Nay Pyi Taw scraps Hpa-An coal power plant, communities urge Kayin govt to follow suit

Kayin communities and civil society groups applauded Nay Pyi Taw’s decision announced last month to halt a proposed coal power plant in Hpa-An and urged the regional government to confirm the cancellation. Meanwhile, a total of 130 civil society groups issued a joint statement to urge the government to cancel all proposed and suspended coal-fired […]

Parliament approves to borrow US$80 M from ADB

Union Parliament approved to borrow US$80 million from Asian Development Bank (ADB) for towns along Greater Mekong Sub-region development project. Kyaw Tin, Deputy Minister for Construction said the project is to develop towns located along the East-West Economic Corridor in Greater Mekong Sub-region. The ministry chose Hpa-an and Myawady from Kayin State and Mawlamyaing from […]

Govt Greenlights Electricity Joint Ventures in Mon State, Bago Region

YANGON — The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has granted permission to two joint ventures involving foreign partners to supply power to areas not connected to the national grid. “One is for households in Ye Township, and the other is for the developer of an industrial zone in Bago,” said U Than Aung Kyaw, deputy director-general […]

Dept warns migrant workers about fraudulent job agencies

The Department of Labour Migration has warned workers seeking overseas job to be wary of fraudulent employment agencies that operate without licenses. In an announcement on Tuesday, the department, which is under the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, urged workers to check with the authorities about the authenticity of such agencies. The warning comes […]

Infrastructure development critical for Myanmar to woo investors, forum hears

SINCE MYANMAR’S lack of adequate infrastructure may deter potential investors, the government must urgently bring infrastructure development into focus, according to the Myanmar Infrastructure Forum held on Friday. The government’s clear decisions would drive the future of Myanmar, said Teo Eng Cheong, CEO International of Singapore, North Asia and Southeast Asia at Surbana Jurong Private […]

NLD government to face tougher challenges in 2018

Among the many countries struggling for democracy, some succeed, some fail, while others slide back after a few measures of success. Myanmar is one of these countries, which recently gained democracy through peaceful reforms and elections but now appears to be sliding back to its old draconian ways. After more than 20-year military rule, the […]

Yangon, Mon Power Plants to Come Online in ’18

​​ Two new power plants in Yangon Region and Mon State with a combined capacity of 226 megawatts will start power distribution in 2018, U Htay Aung, the deputy permanent secretary for the Ministry of Electricity and Energy, said Thursday. The Yangon power plant in Thaketa township has a capacity of 106 megawatts and the Mon […]

Mon State Expects Fresh FDI Next Year

Mon State attracted foreign direct investments (FDI) totaling $5.9 billion between 1994 and 2017, according to the Mon State Directorate of Investment and Company. While no new foreign investors have come to Mon since the present government took over during the 2016-17 fiscal year, the local government expects things to improve in the coming year. […]

Factory accused of using journalists to polish image

A CEMENT factory in Mon State is alleged to have used images of journalists who visited its company premises recently in its promotional billboard, apparently to boost its image amid protests from nearby residents over alleged pollution from the facility. The Mawlamyine Cement Limited (MCL), a joint venture between SGC and Pacific Link Cement Industries, […]

Jotun opens factory in Myanmar

Jotun, a privately-owned Norwegian paint maker, has opened a K14 billion factory in Bago Region. Located in the Bago Foreign Industrial Zone, the 4-hectare plant will provide paint manufacturing jobs for more than 60 employees. Jotun first entered Myanmar in 2013 before obtaining an investment license to build the factory from the Myanmar Investment Commission […]