International Consultant Lead Researcher – Rakhine Joint Assessment. Closing Date: 18 July 2017

Country : MYANMAR Description of the assignment : Lead Researcher – Rakhine Joint Assessment Period of assignment/services : 43 Working days Duty Station : Yangon and Sittwe (with possible domestic travel in Rakhine State and to Nay Pyi Taw) Type of Contract : International Consultant (Individual Contract) Proposal should be submitted at https://etendering.partneragencies.org submit on […]

Rakhine airport in Myanmar to be built by tender

The Rakhine State government will invite tenders for the construction of an airport in Mrauk-U, State Planning and Finance Minister Kyaw Aye Thein said. He told the Myanmar Times that the decision to put the airport project out to tender was due to insufficient funds in the state’s budget which allocated K2 billion a year […]

Rakhine commerce minister sees bright future for black bean exports

​​ The Rakhine State commerce minister is hoping around 10,000 tonnes of black gram beans will be exported to India from Sittwe this year, pending completion of the Kaladan Multi-Model Transit Transport Project. The Kaladan project will connect Mizoram in India to Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State, via the Kaladan River. The project was […]

Police raid Rakhine-to-Malaysia Smuggling Junket, Detain 22 Muslim Teens

Court proceedings and a manhunt have been launched after police disrupted a human smuggling pipeline from Rakhine State to Malaysia in two separate raids in Yangon this weekend. Nearly two dozen Muslim teenagers between the ages of 12 and 18 were rounded up by police and detained. According to officials, the male teens being trafficked […]

Earthquake highlights need for rigorous protection of Bagan temples

BAGAN’s famed pagodas appear to be the greatest casualty in the tourism sector after a powerful magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck central Myanmar on Wednesday. The US Geological Survey said the quake hit near Chauk, a town 120km from Bagan. At least three people were killed and some 185 brick pagodas were damaged, the state newspaper […]

Flooding Inflates Construction Materials Prices

There has been a hike in prices of building materials as flood has disrupted supply and production, according to building materials traders. “As sand and gravel are acquired from rivers, there have been difficulties in production because of flood and that caused a rise in prices,” said Ko Than Aung, owner of Than Tun Aung […]

Hotel investment reaches US$2.7bn

Foreign investment in the hotel sector has reached US$2.7 billion, Htay Aung, minister for hotels and tourism, said at a cooperation signing ceremony between Hoang Anh Gia Lai Myanmar and the Spain-based Melia Hotels International. “There are 47 hotels invested by foreign investors,” he said. Hotel investment is largely coming from Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong […]

Hot air ballooning comes to Mrauk U, Ngapali Beach in Myanmar

ORIENTAL Ballooning Company is expanding into two new destinations this year, Mrauk U and Ngapali Beach, as business continues to be brisk with the continuous growth of tourist arrivals to Myanmar. Operations manager Ni Ni Khaing told TTG Asia e-Daily that hot air balloon flights will take off in Ngapali Beach and Rakhine state’s Mrauk […]

Mrauk U, Loikaw among new destinations in Myanmar

MYANMAR is witnessing the emergence of new tourism destinations as tour operators strive to cater to visitors looking for experiences beyond the Big Four of Bagan, Yangon, Inle Lake and Mandalay. Khiri Travel, for example, will offer from October a new tour linking Bagan and Mrauk U. Located in the restive Rakhine State, Mrauk U […]

Govt attempts to restart railway project through Mrauk-U

The government plans to restart a stalled railway project that will pass through Mrauk-U, an ancient city in northern Arakan State, although authorities and locals are unable to agree on where exactly the railway will traverse. The project, which started in 2009, will travel 154 kilometres between Sittwe and Mrauk-U, but has stalled because of […]