Tailor Shop Family Accused of Abuse and Enslavement to be Formally Charged

On Thursday a court will decide on the charges with which to prosecute six family members for torturing and enslaving two children in a downtown Rangoon tailoring shop for five years. Ko Latt, 63, Tin Thuzar, 59, Tin Min Latt, 37, Yarzar Tun, 25, Su Mon Latt, 27, and Thiri Latt, 37, who ran Ava […]

With Launch of Shwe Job App, Education on Factory Workers’ Rights Goes Digital

“Shwe Job”, a smart­phone app which aims to raises aware­ness on the rights of fac­tory workers and promote health and safety in the industrial workplace, was released on International Worker’s Day on May 1. The app, developed by the EU backed SMART Myanmar and GIZ, con­sists of stories, illustrations and voiceovers designed to raise awareness […]

One of world’s biggest superyachts ‘built using illegal Burmese timber’

A German shipyard used illegally-sourced teak from Myanmar to construct a superyacht for a Russian billionaire, a public prosecutor has claimed. Nobiskrug shipyard on the river Eider used wood supplied by a Burmese government-controlled firm which was sanctioned earlier this year for exporting teak from threatened forests, lawyer for the state Axel Bieler said. Timber […]

Moving in difficult due to permit delays

Delays issuing Building Completion Certificates (BCC) are keeping owners and renters from moving into recently completed buildings, say developers. Contractors often have to wait up to a month to be issued the permits from Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), which translates into lost revenue for developers unable to move in tenants and owners immediately after […]

Online Car Market Revs up Tech Race

Online car marketplace MyanmarCarsMarket has upgraded its portal to utilise state-of-the-art technologies in a bid to grab a bigger share of the burgeoning auto market pie in Myanmar, the company said. As Myanmar opens up to the rest of the world, the way businesses and consumers interact with each other is expected to change dramatically, […]

Jewellers demand new gems law

Local jewellers are calling for the government to privatise their multibillion dollar a year industry and allow for individual traders to export rare commodities directly under a more favourable tariff scheme. Jewellers said that a limitation on exports of raw and polished precious stones to sales at government-run emporiums and selected markets was strangling the […]

Myanmar retail rental rising

The rising price of rent for Yangon’s street-level shops is being driven by an influx of potential tenants, with some locations demanding six-fold increases from two years ago, store owners say. They said that rapidly rising rental costs are eating into their profits, but constant demand for prime locations is expected to keep commercial rents […]

MCDC orders land owners to build homes

Mandalay City Development Committee has given the owners of undeveloped plots in the city until the end of this year to build a house on the land or face having it confiscated. MCDC said the radical order, announced in the state-run Mandalay newspaper on January 28, had been introduced because it says vacant plots “slow […]