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PanAust Secures New Exploration License in Myanmar

PanAust is pleased to announce that it has secured three new exploration licenses in Myanmar on Thursday 5 July 2018, following approval by the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar on 21 June 2018. The licenses are the first awarded under the Myanmar Union government’s new mineral regulations. PanAust’s headquarters is in […]

Private equity firm casts net on Mekong region

A new private equity firm based in Phnom Penh is scouring the Mekong region for opportunities after making its first investment in the parent company of a leading Cambodian online real estate portal. Established in late 2017, Belt Road Capital Management (BRCM) has secured $50 million in committed capital from predominantly Asia-Pacific (APAC) investors and […]

Myanmar inches slightly ahead of Laos in latest graft index

Myanmar has inched up a few positions to rank 130th in the latest annual index of countries deemed the least corrupt, from 136th in 2016. The country attained a score of 28 in graft watchdog Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2017. This was an incremental improvement compared to its score in 2016 (28) and […]

What is single origin coffee and why you just know about the Shan State Kyauk Kuu Pyin

In the world of scotch whisky, the term “single malt” has a very special meaning, one that is often revered (perhaps to a fault) by both those in and out of the know. For better or for worse, the term has become synonymous with quality. The reverence attached to it is sort of silly; there […]

US human trafficking report blacklists Myanmar

WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday blacklisted eight more countries for failing to combat human trafficking, including fledgling democracy Myanmar, but was criticised for taking an easier line on Thailand. Announcing the release of the State Department’s annual human trafficking report, Secretary of State John Kerry insisted the rankings were based on objective criteria, and […]

In Myanmar , a Debate Over Mother-Tongue Teaching

As a student in Mandalay, Thida Win would wake up early every morning, before sunrise, to cram in two hours of Chinese language and history study before classes started at her public school. She and her parents were born in Burma, but her grandfather migrated to the country from China in the 1950s, and she […]