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Time to Deliver

The Myanmar government knows it needs to improve the country’s economic performance and extend the benefits of development more evenly across society. With elections only a year away, the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) needs some big wins to prove to the country’s entrepreneurs and the urban middle class that it is pro-business. In […]

Historian Gives Inside View of Myanmar’s Bumpy Journey

As Myanmar embarked on an uncertain transition toward democracy after the flawed elections of 2010 there were relatively few people in the country who could offer advice on the process of change. One of them was Thant Myint-U, a former United Nations official with experience in the war-torn Balkans and Cambodia, and a grandson of […]

Myanmar Govt to Combine Two Key Economic Ministries

YANGON—The Myanmar government plans to combine the positions of Minister of Industry and Minister of Planning and Finance into a single position, according to the Union Parliament agenda for Friday. According to the agenda, a Union-level representative from the government will explain the plan to parliamentary lawmakers in order to seek their approval. According to […]

Taking a Quantum Leap to Revamp Myanmar’s Economy

YANGON—Since last year, Myanmar officials responsible for drumming up foreign investment have been shuttling between Naypyitaw and Asian countries to pitch the government’s latest legal, procedural, and institutional reforms to potential investors as part of efforts to revitalize the country’s economy. State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi often highlights foreign direct investment (FDI) as […]

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi tops PACE public-trust survey

Seventy percent of Myanmar people trust State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, or 1pc more than for President U Win Myint, according to a survey by the People’s Alliance for Credible Elections (PACE). Ko Sai Ye Kyaw Swar Myint, executive director of PACE, said, “Maybe the State Counsellor’s high trust rating will be an […]

PACE Survey on Citizens’ Political Preferences for 2020

Executive Summary In March 2019, PACE conducted its fifth nationwide public opinion poll, Citizens’ Political Preferences for 2020, covering 511 wards/villages in 233 townships. A total of 511 enumerators con- ducted 2,978 face-to-face interviews, including 782 in states, 544 in Yangon city and 428 in Shan state. As the country is one and half years […]

Can Myanmar’s economy fulfil its potential?

<ahref=”https://youtu.be/pCvYiQYDHcE” target=”_blank”> With gross domestic product (GDP) growth consistently above 5 percent throughout this decade, and in double digits for much of the previous decade, Myanmar has been one of South East Asia’s fastest-growing economies for quite some time. What’s more, this newly liberalised nation is being touted to likely continue growing expeditiously well into […]

Myitsone Dam project poses no threat to Myanmar-China ties: Chinese envoy

The Myanmar government, led by the National League for Democracy (NLD), has agreed with China to seek a solution to the controversial Myitsone dam project that will satisfy both sides, outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Hong Liang said on Tuesday. “We are seriously concerned about the project. We agreed with the Myanmar government to find […]

Myanmar and China may have no choice but to scale back and move their troubled dam project

In late April, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi visited Beijing to take part in the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. There China and Myanmar signed three bilateral cooperation agreements, discussed the extensive promotion of their relations and conducted constructive consultations on Myanmar’s peace process and stability in the border areas. […]

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 […]