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Implementation of burma’s vacant, fallow and virgin land management law: at odds with the nationwide ceasefire agreement and peace negotiations

Land rights of peoples must be protected to improve prospects for peace. The Government of Myanmar’s approach to land policy risks increasing land conflicts and exacerbating current challenges in formal peace negotiations. Civil society organizations strongly oppose implementation of the recently-amended Vacant, Fallow and Virgin Land Management Law (VFV Land Law), due to well-founded fears […]

State Counselor Encourages Japanese Investment in Myanmar

Myanmar’s State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has invited Japanese investors to seek investment opportunities in Myanmar as she believes that Japan has a deep understanding of the country’s struggle in the Rakhine crisis and peace process. On Monday, in her keynote speech at the Myanmar Investment Conference in Tokyo, Daw Aung San Suu […]

Beijing’s involvement in Myanmar peace does not amount to interference

United States Institute of Peace, a well-known US think-tank, released a report titled “China’s Role in Myanmar’s Internal Conflicts” on September 14 claiming that “China has set aside its stated adherence to the principle of non-interference to become more proactively and assertively involved in Myanmar’s peace process.” The report cast doubts on Beijing’s role and […]

Belt and Road is not the only game in town

Belt and Road is not the only game in town for Myanmar. Without doubt, the scheme is important and relevant; nonetheless, it is just part of the opportunities Myanmar has access to. The government, businesses and other stakeholders should act decisively to seize the opportunities, within and beyond the Belt and Road. In the past, […]

Promise and hurdles for foreign investment in Myanmar

Having keen observer and participant in the Myanmar’s transition since socio political changes commencing in 2011, it came as no surprise to those that know me, when I wrote a number of articles on the importance of sound Corporate Governance. As a serial entrepreneur, Myanmar represented a frontier market that was open for investment with […]

Thailand should look hard at the changes in Myanmar

THE THAI government needs to pay more attention to political developments in Myanmar and its capital Nay Pyi Taw. It doesn’t matter whether|Aung San Suu Kyi is able to assume the presidency First and foremost: the nature of the new administration in Nay Pyi Taw is totally different from the outgoing one and notably from […]

Myanmar not ready for reduced military role in Parliament: Army chief

YANGON: Myanmar’s military chief feels his country is not ready for a reduced military role in Parliament. In an exclusive interview with Channel NewsAsia, Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing said the military needs to be in Parliament because the country is still a young democracy. The current Constitution mandates a 25 percent military representation in Parliament. […]

Fight against malaria unites old foes in Myanmar

In the middle of a bustling village hall in Myanmar’s Kayin state, a government health worker pricks the finger of a child to extract a tiny drop of blood for a malaria test. A scene unthinkable a few years ago is now commonplace in an area once blighted by armed conflict between the government and […]