India, Myanmar sign MoU towards Sittwe Port operationalisation

NEW DELHI: India and Myanmar signed an important MoU on Monday for the appointment of a private Port Operator for the Operation and Maintenance of Sittwe Port, Paletwa Inland Water Terminal and associated facilities included in the Kaladan Multi Model Transit Transport Project in implementation of India’s Act East Policy. Following this MoU the process […]

With U Set Aung in charge, no excuse for Kyaukphyu to repeat Thilawa’s rights abuses

Chair of Thilawa Special Economic Zone Management Committee (TSMC) is now also at the helm of Kyaukphyu’s SEZ body. Given that there is now an SEZ precedent to learn from, U Set Aung should ensure Kyaukphyu does not repeat the human rights abuses and lack of transparency in which Thilawa was mired. U Set Aung, […]

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 […]

Government announces new MIC appointments, U Thaung Tun as new chair

The Union government on Saturday officially announced changes in the ranks of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC). According to notification (61/2018), U Thaung Tun, union minster of Ministry of the Office of the Union Government, formerly a member of the MIC, will now be the commission’s chair. Meanwhile, Dr Than Myint, Union Minister of Commerce, […]

Over the last year, Myanmar’s energy sector stumbles in right direction

Home to one of the world’s oldest oil and gas industries, oil exploration in Myanmar began in the early Bagan era. During the reign of King Anawrahta in the Bagan Era, evidence shows that the Buddha’s Three Teachings were coated with oil to prevent damage. With the nationalisation of the oil industry in 1963, the […]

Salary hike for all government employees to start from April

Ministry of Planning and Finance issued a notification dated April 29 which says salaries of all government employees including military personnel will be hiked in accordance with their time pay scale starting from April 30 payday. The notification signed by Union Minister of Planning and Finance Ministry Kyaw Win says, “The benefits under this notification […]

Businesses push for better communications with Nay Pyi Taw

THE government should update the business community with the latest economic activities and manage the expectations, according to domestic and foreign investors at a recent investment forum held in the country’s capital. Investors in Myanmar would like to see a push towards further liberalisation of the economy. More people are taking part in the private […]

Hantharwaddy airport priority for govt

THE planned Hantharwaddy International Airport is the only priority in the area of aviation under the National League for Democracy-led government, said U Win Khant, permanent secretary of Ministry of Transport and Communications. He made his comments in relation to the government’s Transport Master Plan during the sideline interview with The Myanmar Times at Myanmar […]

First China-Myanmar tourism industry training course opens today in Yangon

The first China-Myanmar hotel and tourism vocational one-month course will open Thursday in Yangon, thanks to the cooperation between the embassy of the People’s Republic of China and the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism. Teachers from Dehong Vocational College of Yunnan will instruct 30 young waiters and waitress in restaurant services. From this initial training, […]

Myanmar must establish cultivation of new plant species and seeds

Myanmar must build businesses in the cultivation of new plant species and seed production, Union Minister for Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr Aung Thu said. “As the agriculture sector is the main driver of the country’s economy and food security, I urge businesses to carry out sustainable seed production and work with the […]