Labour group decries country’s record on unions, worker rights

Myanmar is among 24 countries that have very bad records on supporting labour unions and the right of workers to form unions, officials of the Confederation of Trade Union Myanmar said. Daw Phyo Sandar Soe, assistant secretary of the group, said this was one of the conclusions of the recent 107th International Labour Conference in […]

How China gets what it wants in Myanmar

As Myanmar prepares for yet another round of peace talks with ethnic armed groups, all eyes are on China. With all the Western outfits involved in Myanmar’s peace process effectively sidelined, China has emerged as the only outside force that matters due to its substantial leverage over both insurgents and the government. Unlike Western interlocutors, […]

Signing of Japanese ODA Loan Agreement with Myanmar: Comprehensive support for socioeconomic development

On March 29, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed loan agreements with the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital city, to provide Japanese ODA loans of up to a total of 117.04 billion yen for four projects. Under a new administration led by the National […]

Myanmar Seeks Advanced Weapons from Russia, but China Remains the Key Player

Myanmar’s generals have not hidden their displeasure with the quality of Chinese military hardware and jet fighters, but they know that a more assertive and powerful China remains a key player while Myanmar faces mounting international pressure over the crisis in Rakhine State. Myanmar will seek a more balanced diplomatic approach toward powerful neighbors such […]

CAN Manufacturing factory launched in Yangon

Opening ceremony of Can manufacturing Factory joint ventured by Loi Hein Co, Ltd and Toyo Seikan Group Co, Ltd was held at Thilawa industrial zone yesterday morning. Union Minister for Industry U Khin Maung Cho, National League for Democracy (NLD) Central Executive Committee Secretary U Win Htein, Chairman of Loi Hein Co, Ltd Dr Sai […]

Yangon chief minister a rising star and ‘very sharp’ politician

In Myanmar’s personality-driven politics, few people get as much attention as its civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi or its powerful commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing. Yangon’s Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein is another person who has hardly stayed out of the public eye since the National League for Democracy (NLD) came to power last year. […]

Industry, govt hit back at garment factory report

DURING a news conference held by garment businesses on October 4, the Yangon regional government asked ActionAid Myanmar to revise its report about safety standards for women working in garment factories, calling the report inaccurate. In response to ActionAid’s report, an inspection tour of the factories mentioned in the report was made by Yangon Region […]

Time to focus on Myanmar’s economy

Much has been said about the National League for Democracy (NLD)-led elected government’s stance on peace and security in recent weeks, with attention being drawn to the conflicts in Rakhine state and the actions of Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Within the country there is concern, however, over the state of the […]

Beyond China: Nation must diversify FDI

While for a long time the world has been focussed on political reforms in Myanmar during its transition from military rule to a democracy, the country has also witnessed a significant economic transformation. The most obvious sign of this is the sudden jump in foreign direct investment (FDI), from US$4 billion (K5.46 trillion) in 2013-14 […]

Parliamentary Committee to Examine 24 State-Owned Factories

NAYPYITAW — The Lower House Investment and Industrial Development Committee will consider the termination or privatization of 24 loss-making state-owned factories—including the Myingyan Steel Factory which has received significant state investment. Committee member U Aung Kyaw Kyaw Oo said: “A total of 24 factories are making a loss, most were suspended when parliament discussed the […]