Davos 2018: China’s economic shift and implications for Myanmar

Myanmar will capture Chinese investment as Beijing prioritises poverty alleviation and development in Yunnan AS the fight against poverty takes centre stage in Beijing’s economic policy, Yunnan and Myanmar will remain a priority for Chinese investment, while China’s fast-growing middle-income population, especially those in the southwest, presents a crucial market for Myanmar’s growth-oriented businesses as well […]

Myanmar’s Solar Lifeline

It is easy to forget how small changes can sometimes reap the most dramatic benefits. Take the humble fridge. What was once a marvel of technological prowess, has become standard fare. To many in the western world, that is. To those living off the beaten track, off the grid, up in the dusty red Burmese […]

Bago Locals Protest Against “Inept” Chief Minister

Bago locals, including members of the National League for Democracy (NLD), staged a protest on January 14 to get Bago Region Chief Minister Win Htein to resign. Around 200 participated in the protest that demanded the Chief Minister that had failed to deliver solutions to land grab issues, rising crime rates, lack of employment opportunities, […]

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, […]

Myanmar better off in good graces with the West

Two developments stood out in Myanmar’s international relations landscape in 2017: The increasing Chinese influence in the country and the immense diplomatic pressure from international community on the government’s handling of the Rakhine crisis. Analysts cautioned Myanmar against overdependence on China for its development and urged the country to mend ties with the West to […]

A Review of Education Sector in 2017

This year has been eventful for the education sector in Myanmar and here is a look at our pick of all major events. The most remarkable event of 2017 for the education sector took place on the first week of August, as seven inmates who passed the matriculation exams with distinction from Ohbo prison and […]

NLD government to face tougher challenges in 2018

Among the many countries struggling for democracy, some succeed, some fail, while others slide back after a few measures of success. Myanmar is one of these countries, which recently gained democracy through peaceful reforms and elections but now appears to be sliding back to its old draconian ways. After more than 20-year military rule, the […]

Finance Minister Admits Economy is Underperforming

NAYPYITAW — Planning and Finance Minister U Kyaw Win has admitted that Myanmar’s economy has not improved as well as expected, six months after he compared the country’s economy to a jet plane about to take off. “There are suggestions that the country’s economy has not picked up as we expected. Considering the current situation, we […]

Myanmar to Delay Law That Would Have Allowed More Foreign Investment

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar will delay a long-awaited reform that would open the door further to foreign investment, two officials told Reuters, a move likely to disappoint cash-starved businesses amid growing doubts over the management of the economy by the country’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. The postponement of the corporate reform, which would have […]

Forest rights create new livelihoods in Myanmar

In Myanmar, the National League for Democracy (NLD) is transferring the rights to forest land – and all its potential bounty – to local communities. Duncan McQueen explains how this important move, supported by peer-to-peer learning, is helping to establish new long-term livelihoods. It is impossible to talk about Myanmar without acknowledging the persecution of […]