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 […]

Can India and Myanmar Create a Tourist Circuit?

Myanmar has been in the news lately due to the Rohingya crisis, which is attracting the attention of not just the world media, but also international visitors. While U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson flagged the issue during his visit, the Pope did not make a direct reference to the persecution of Rohingya Muslims, though he […]

From Paper to Platforms: Tax Collection in Myanmar

The International Monetary Fund forecast this month that Myanmar’s economy would rebound to 6.7 percent this year—surpassing many of its neighbors in growth. Among the National League for Democracy-led government’s economic priorities is broadening its revenue base through improved tax collection. For a cash-based country accustomed to backchannel exchanges that has continued to decentralize, reforming the tax […]

Myanmar GDP Growth to Rebound Despite Rakhine Crisis

YANGON — Myanmar’s economy is set to recover despite a humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, while the ruling National League for Democracy — two years after it won its historic election victory — finally prepares a comprehensive plan for economic development. Sean Turnell, special economic consultant to State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, told the Nikkei […]