Japanese companies flock to Myanmar

Japanese companies are trying to court Myanmar’s growing middle class. On Dec. 29, Honda Motor opened its 115th motorcycle dealership in the country, in Myitkyina, the capital of the state of Kachin. The Japanese company opened five dealerships in Myanmar in December alone — all in smaller cities. The total number was up 40% from […]

Yangon Regional Government Says it Will Step Up Efforts to Reduce Earthquake Damage

​​ Yangon’s regional government is planning to form an earthquake monitoring committee in an effort to reduce the potential damage to the city’s buildings and to take responsibility for carrying out rehabilitation activities, state media has reported. The committee will be responsible for the promotion of public awareness of earthquakes and the development of a […]

Myanmar’s Rickety Railways Poised for a Revamp

​​ YANGON — As they pass Insein Station, a farmer and her fellow workers drag five huge bundles of vegetables to the front aisle of a railway car on the notoriously inefficient Yangon Circular Railway Line, forcing passengers to climb over the fresh produce if they want to enter or leave the carriage. The group […]

Air KBZ to Operate International Flights to Chiang Mai

Air KBZ plans to launch its first international route on 2 December, when it will begin thrice-weekly flights from Yangon to Chiang Mai, Thailand, said Assistant General Manager Daw Aye Mra Thar. The Myanmar airline planned to begin the new flight in November, but could not do so because of negotiations with Thailand authorities. A […]

Cement import license seekers found the highest in Myitkhina, Kachin State

Out of export and import license seekers through border areas, the number of cement import license seekers is found to be the highest in Myitkyina, Kachin State. The cement licensees are the highest there because there are not many license seekers in Myitkyina, said U Htein Lin, the assistant director from Myitkyina import and export […]

Experts urge to check high-rise buildings for quake resistance

High-rise buildings in Yangon and Mandalay are needed to be checked for quake resistance as the cities are located near the Sagaing fault line, said Myanmar Earthquake Committee. “I think people who live in the quake zone need to be alert aganist possible quake,” said Daw Hla Hla Aung, Patron of the committee at a […]

Jade entrepreneurs to request Union government to halt jade mining and export

Jade entrepreneurs have united to submit a signed proposal to the Union Government to suspend jade mining and jade exports with the aim of creating a domestic jade market and promoting the market, said U Than Win from Pwint Kaung jade trading. Over 20,000 jade businessmen from Mandalay, Sagiang and Pharkant signed the proposal and […]

Old rice prices stable despite decline in export price of rice to China

The prices of old rice are still stable despite a decline in export prices of rice to China. Prices of low-quality rice in Mandalay market is on the decline because of China’s low demand for low-quality rice and Chinese Yuan depreciation, said U Thein Zaw, the chairman of Mandalay Rice Depot. Myanmar’s low quality rice […]

In Burma’s wildest corner, jade, drugs and rebels will test the new government

MYITKYINA, Burma — The jade tycoon of Burma lives behind stone walls and a sophisticated security system. A visitor must be buzzed through a gate into the garden, pass a hunk of jade as big as a compact refrigerator, enter through a sliding screen and glide by the preserved tusks of the family elephant before sitting […]

Kachin State Authorities Continue Illegal Timber Seizures, Myanmar Official Says

Kachin state government authorities in northern Myanmar seized more than 20,000 metric tons (22,046 U.S. tons) of illegal timber near the country’s border with China over the last five years, a high-ranking forestry official said Thursday. Aung Naing, Kachin state minister of forestry and mines, told RFA’s Myanmar Service that authorities confiscated nearly 10,600 metric […]