Why Myanmar is concerned about Chinese investment

I write in response to an article published here by an assistant fellow at the One Belt-One Road Strategy Institute of Tsinghua University. In my opinion, the article misread the true situation in Myanmar and might unintentionally jeopardize the reform agenda of the National League for Democracy (NLD) government, particularly in regard to economic development […]

Myanmar to trim Kyaukphyu cost but drops Annan’s strategic review suggestion

Nay Pyi Taw’s plan to reduce the cost of Kyaukpyu Special Economic Zone, including the proposed deep-sea port, will help cap its external debt load and avoid repeating Sri Lanka’s Hambantota’s precedent, according to London-headquartered research firm BMI Research. At the same time, a government committee has dropped any mentioning of commissioning a Strategic Environmental […]

New Yangon City Challenges Regional Govt Transparency

On May 2, 2018, the New Yangon Development Company (NYDC), the company owned by the Yangon regional government to undertake the New Yangon City project, announced that China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) would develop the new city project. Interestingly, NYDC has emphasized that CCCC has not yet been granted the project. Under the Swiss Challenge […]

Myanmar witnesses more development during incumbent gov’t: survey

YANGON, July 1 (Xinhua) — Myanmar has witnessed improvement of living condition during the last two years of the government led by the National League for Democracy (NLD), the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Sunday. With the cooperation of the UN Development Program (UNDP) and the World Bank, a government survey was conducted […]

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 […]