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Naypyidaw: A mirror for Indonesia’s new capital

one would only need to look at the stories of Brasilia, Islamabad and the likes to see the level of sophistication needed in planning. Numerous presidents, from Sukarno to Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo nearing the end of his first term have considered the prospects of a new capital. Yet there has […]

Myanmar’s stalled China-backed Myitsone dam project strained bilateral ties for years — now it could be scaled back or moved

A top Myanmar investment official on Tuesday suggested scaling back or relocating a stalled Chinese-backed hydropower project that has strained ties between the neighbours for nearly a decade. The suggestion follows a statement by the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar earlier this month that said civil society organisations in Kachin state supported the planned project. Hundreds […]

Myanmar-China joint venture donates school building in Myanmar’s capital

NAY PYI TAW, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) — Myanmar-China joint venture Southeast Asia Crude Oil Pipeline Co., Ltd. (SEAOP) donated a three-storey school building in Myanmar’s capital city Nay Pyi Taw Friday. The three-storey building having 15 classrooms which can accommodate 50 students each was donated to No. (3), Basic Education High School, Pyinmana. Zhang Qiang, […]

Visa on arrival for Indians visiting Myanmar

Indians wishing to travel to Myanmar will soon be able to do so without applying for a visa beforehand. Starting August 8, the Myanmar government is set to provide visa on arrival facility, suspending the special land entry permission which was formerly required for visitors entering the country via land routes. The Myanmar government decided […]

Investment Agency Says Business Donations to Government Officials Violate Graft Code

YANGON — The Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) announced on Friday that companies and body corporates are not allowed to donate money either directly or indirectly to ministries or regional government departments, citing the Myanmar Companies Law 2017, to prevent corruption between government bodies and private companies. U Aung Naing Oo, director general […]

India starts construction of ₹1,600-cr Mizoram-Myanmar Kaladan road

After years of delay, India finally kicked off the construction of the 109-km road project that connects Paletwa river terminal to Zorinpui on the Mizoram border in Myanmar, as part of the $484-million Kaladan Multimodal project. But completing it by2019 will be a herculean task. The ₹1,600-crore road project that passes through dense forests and […]

Bridges and roads part of Myanmar’s New Yangon development

At least two bridges and dozens of kilometres of roads are part of phase one of an ambitious Myanmar plan to build a new city. Other infrastructure projects are an industrial zone, a power plant and water and sewage treatment plants, according to the newly created overseeing body, New Yangon Development Corporation – NYDC. The […]

What Next for Myanmar’s New Anti-Drug Strategy?

Though a new policy signals a shift to a more comprehensive approach to the problem, the true test will be in its implementation. On February 20, Myanmar, one of the world’s largest drug-producing countries, finally launched a new national drug control policy after years of deliberations. Though the document does signal a shift to a […]

EU and Germany Invest 22.25 Million EUR Aquaculture in Myanmar

The Department of Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation hosted the official launch of the Myanmar Sustainable Aquaculture Programme (MYSAP) in Naypyidaw today. Over the course of five years, MYSAP will support the sustainable development of aquaculture in Myanmar, with 22.25 million EUR (36.70 billion MMK) in funding from the European Union […]

What Did the Russian Defense Minister’s Myanmar Visit Accomplish?

Over the weekend, Russia’s defense minister visited Myanmar as part of a broader Southeast Asia tour. The trip and the resulting agreements once again placed the focus on the ongoing Russia-Myanmar military cooperation which has experienced an uptick of activity in recent years. As I have noted before, Russia-Myanmar defense relations have long existed, with […]