How Did Myanmar’s Reforms Change Its Relations With China?

I first visited Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) in February 2013, two months after then-U.S. President Barack Obama’s landmark visit to that country. One thing that has been inscribed in my fond memories of the visit is that many street vendors in Yangon (formerly Rangoon) were hawking T-shirts with Obama’s headshot and a caption above […]

Myanmar Trade Show, Exhibition & Conference Calendar for the month of March & April 2017

Name, Venue & Organizer Date Myanmar International Gems Jewellery & Watch Expo, National Museum of Myanmar, Yangon, Myanmar, Organized by AsiaConnect (Thailand) Co., Ltd. 24-27 Mar 2017 Myanmar Gar Tex Expo, Rose Garden Hotel, Yangon, Myanmar, Minh Vi Exhibition & Advertisement Services Co., Ltd (Veas Co., Ltd) 29-31 Mar 2017 India Education Fair Yangon, Summit […]

Shwedagon Pagoda to be Discussed as World Heritage Site Nominee

​​ RANGOON — Shwedagon Pagoda will be discussed as an addition to a UNESCO tentative list that will inform future World Heritage nominations, according to a UNESCO Rangoon announcement on Friday. Meetings between UNESCO and the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture will be held at Rangoon’s Department of Archeology and National Museum office on […]

IFC Clarifies Bagan Loan to in-Limbo Hotel, While Govt Says Status Remains Up in The Air

The International Finance Corporation’s funding of a local hotel developer whose Bagan tourism project remains in limbo is dependent on government approval, the IFC clarified yesterday. On October 22 the IFC announced a loan of US13.5 million to United International Group, which owns Amata Hotel Group, to expand on its hotel developments at Bagan and Inle lake. […]

Poor renovation work decried as blighting Bagan’s ancient heritage

More than 600 ancient pagodas in Bagan have been ruined by botched renovation work, an architect has claimed. U Sun Oo, a member of the Bagan Management Plan Organising Committee, laid blame for the destruction on the practice of putting out complex and sensitive repair work to tender. Responsibility for maintaining the sacred Buddhist site’s […]