Myanmar military appoints additional key personnel

The Tatmadaw (military) has announced more additions to its cabinet of ministers and into key positions in the economy and legislature. These include: Dr Thida Oo, current permanent secretary for Union Attorney General Office as Union Attorney General Dr Kan Zaw, former Minister under U Thein Sein’s government, as Auditor General U Than Nyein, former […]

Myanmar’s Purchase of Planes From Jordan a Sign of Things to Come

News reports have emerged that Myanmar’s air force is buying two Airbus CASA C295 aircraft worth US$38.6 million (52.29 billion kyats) from the Royal Jordanian Air Force. While Airbus, based in the EU, would be prevented from entering such a deal directly by the bloc’s arms embargo against Myanmar, the Middle Eastern kingdom has no […]

Myanmar Military to Lend State-of-the-Art Machines for Public COVID-19 Testing

YANGON—The Myanmar military will assist with laboratory testing for COVID-19 using two high-capacity machines, each of which can process 1,400 samples per day, Myanmar military spokesperson Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun said at a press conference in Naypyitaw on Saturday. The military, known as the Tatmadaw, already has two Cobas 6800-model machines at two 1000-bed […]

Myanmar submits draft of Mrauk-U world heritage bid to UNESCO

Myanmar’s Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture submitted a draft to UNESCO of its nomination for Mrauk-U to become a World Heritage Site on Sept. 24, amid concerns that ongoing violence in the area could wreck local residents’ hopes for the future of their town. “If there were peace, I am sure Mrauk-U would be […]

Renewed conflict in Myanmar slows China’s belt and road projects

A recent decision by the Myanmar military, or Tatmadaw, not to extend a cease-fire aimed at ethnic armed organizations excluded from a nationwide peace agreement puts the country’s Belt and Road projects in further limbo. Multiple projects have already been halted, including the key Myitsone dam hydropower project in in Myanmar’s northernmost state of Kachin. […]

Peninsula hotel shareholder eyes $1.6-billion project in Rakhine

YANGON—Singapore firm Huacheng International Resources Ltd and China’s Shanghai Bright Industry have jointly proposed a US$1.6-billion (2.41-trillion-kyat) development project to the Rakhine State cabinet. Representatives from the two firms visited Sittwe, the capital of conflict-ridden Rakhine State, on July 12 and met with National League for Democracy (NLD)-appointed Chief Minister U Nyi Pu. The state […]

Myanmar at losing end in border trade disagreements: leaders

Myanmar must take steps to negotiate bilateral trade agreements with its neighbours to avoid volatility in border trade with China and India, as the consequent losses for locals can be huge. “There is currently no precise policy for border trade. Every country should have a policy to deal with trade disagreements and volatility. Right now, […]

Facebook takes down more Myanmar accounts over military links

Facebook Inc (FB.O) has removed hundreds of additional accounts, pages and groups in Myanmar from its social networks after discovering what it called “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” and links to the country’s military. The social media giant had previously removed accounts, including that of Myanmar’s army chief, after criticism it had failed to act on hate […]

China hardsells big ticket but low on trust, India’s soft power push in Myanmar education and health

As Delhi seeks to expand its engagement with Myanmar, it is in sectors such as education, health and entertainment services that India hopes to make an impact in a country crowded with several international players, and completely dominated by China. In a state-of-the art classroom at the steel and glass Myanmar Institute of Information Technology […]

Forest rights create new livelihoods in Myanmar

In Myanmar, the National League for Democracy (NLD) is transferring the rights to forest land – and all its potential bounty – to local communities. Duncan McQueen explains how this important move, supported by peer-to-peer learning, is helping to establish new long-term livelihoods. It is impossible to talk about Myanmar without acknowledging the persecution of […]