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Australian Firm Seeks to Reassure Locals on Gas Drilling off Rakhine

YANGON—Australian energy giant Woodside is stepping into war-torn Rakhine State with a plan to begin drilling in two oil-and-gas blocks in the Bay of Bengal. This week the company sought to reassure residents in southern Rakhine State’s Kyaukphyu that there was a need for the projects, citing the potential economic benefits and pledging to minimize […]

Kachin Gov’t Set to Reject Mongolian Mining Proposal

YANGON—The Kachin State government has decided to shelve a Mongolian company’s proposal to conduct a feasibility study on the extraction of gold and other minerals in Myanmar’s largest national conservation area, a sanctuary nearly triple the size of Singapore in Kachin’s northernmost township, due to serious environmental concerns. The project was proposed by Inner Mongolia […]

IFC report recommends alternatives to high-risk Myitsone

A government-sponsored study warned against restarting the highly controversial Myitsone dam and recommended alternatives to develop the country’s hydropower sector. The final version of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the hydropower sector, supported by the energy and environment ministries and authored by the International Finance Corporation, has been published. The SEA involved a range […]

Suu Kyi stresses trade relations and investment on Nepal visit

During a visit to the Nepal Chamber Expo-2018 in Kathmandu, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi stressed the importance of trade between the two countries and talked about the opportunity of investing and doing business in Myanmar. The Myanmar State Counsellor is on a three-day official visit to Nepal. It is the first in […]

Government enacts tougher forest law

The Myanmar parliament has enacted a tougher forest law that threatens violators with up to 15 years in prison in a bid to conserve the country’s fast-dwindling forests. Under the new law, which was enacted on September 20, forest staff can also be punished for accepting bribes or for being involved in the extraction, transfer […]

Businesspeople Urge State Counselor to Reduce Tax And Loan Interest Rates

Leading businesspeople urged State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to reduce tax and bank loan interest rates during a meeting in the administrative capital Naypyitaw on Tuesday. Potential investors are maintaining a wait-and-see attitude and Myanmar’s economy is experiencing a slowdown, said leading builder U Maung Weik. Reducing bank loan interest and tax rates […]

Lack of Funding Fueling Corruption in Forestry Sector, Senior Official Says

More than 3,200 Forestry Department staff overseen by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation have been subject to disciplinary action over the past seven years, department director U Khin Maung Win said, adding that the problem is largely a result of under-funding. They were disciplined for violations including bribery and corruption, negligence, misconduct, […]

Myanmar Global Investment Forum 2018, 11-12 September 2018, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

As the Myanmar economy returns to a more robust rate of growth, domestic and foreign investors continue to evaluating investment opportunities across the industrial landscape. The Myanmar Investment Forum 2018 will offer expert insights into the industries key to the Myanmar economy. With in-depth explorations of the infrastructure, energy, oil and gas, agriculture and tourism […]

Over 5000 workers earn skills certificates in 2017

The Myanmar National Skills Standards Authority (NSSA) has issued more than 5000 certificates recognising workers’ skills during the 2017-2018 fiscal year, said Minister of the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, and Population U Thein Swe. A total of 5855 workers who applied to the NSSA took the examinations and 5164 workers were issued a certificate confirming […]

Rakhine’s Municipal Minister Under Fire

The Rakhine Parliament has decided that Rakhine State’s minister of municipality Min Aung should cease and desist from his administrative duties. On January 2, MPs voted 37 for and 8 against on the decision to bring the accusation against the minister forward to higher echelons of the central government, namely President Htin Kyaw. Min Aung, […]