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Authorities working on permitting liquor imports

Arrangements are being made to allow liquor, beer and wine imports, albeit within limits, U Aung Htoo, deputy minister for the Ministry of Commerce, said in Parliament. Supporting legislation will also be drafted. As Myanmar currently bans the import of alcohol, large quantities of foreign liquor, beer and wine are smuggled into the country on […]

Low-Grade to High-End: Waking Up the Myanmar Coffee Market

THE SOCIAL CHALLENGE Economic Development Most of the world’s commercial-grade coffee farmers are not paid enough to sustain profitable farms, prompting them to cut down coffee trees. This was the case in Myanmar, which lacked a cohesive coffee value chain to promote coffee globally or within the country, and where there was little knowledge of […]

Myanmar’s parliament approves proposal to assess quality of private schools

YANGON, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) — The House of Nationalities (upper house) of Myanmar has approved a proposal to assess the quality and credibility of certificates of private schools, parliament sources said on Thursday. Private schools are conducting the courses in affiliation with overseas universities, education foundations or in their own curriculum. Supporting the proposal, parliament […]

Dawei SEZ stands better chance with Japanese participation, officials say

The governments of Myanmar, Japan and Thailand will be meeting over the troubled Dawei special economic zone (SEZ) project that has stalled since 2013 for lack of funding. Ministers will form a Joint Cooperation Committee to discuss how Japan can be more involved in developing the SEZ. Located 20 kilometres north of Dawei, capital of […]

Start-up offers a Myanmar solution for betel-chewers

If you’ve walked around Yangon, you would have noticed red stains on the streets and walls and seen people spitting red juice that resembles blood from buses, cars, or while walking. These are the bad habits of betel nut chewers, which the country is trying to eradicate. But staining the streets red and possibly spreading […]

Myanmar should develop domestic production to grow local economy: Czech Republic

Myanmar should enhance domestic production and develop its local markets, says Martin Tlapa, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, during a talk entitled “Economic Transition: The Czech Experience and its Relevance for Myanmar” last week. In sharing appropriate approaches with Myanmar, Mr Tlapa said Myanmar should enhance the production of domestic products […]

Maker of Special Reserve Whisky to launch new products

Sanjay Gupta, CEO of Myanmar Distillery Co Ltd (MDC), which bottles Grand Royal whisky, one of Myanmar’s most iconic brands, is seeing a shift in alcohol consumption trends in the country. “Health is becoming more important to people. People prefer staying in control and drinking in moderation. Inclusive family values are rising in importance and […]

JICA’s Create Team, MoI meet on improving quality of school textbooks

Japan International Cooperation Agency’s Create Team (Curriculum Reform at Primary Level of Basic Education), which is working with MoI for printing school textbooks, outlined the requirements for improving the quality of textbooks at the Ministry of Information yesterday. Deputy Minister U Aung Hla Tun, in his capacity as the chairman of the Committee for Accepting […]

Foreign insurance firms may start operations by April 2019: regulator

Qualified foreign insurance providers will receive licenses to operate in Myanmar by April next year. “I can assure it is happening within the next 16 weeks,” U Thant Sin, Director of the Financial Regulatory Department under the Ministry of Planning and Finance, said during the UK Capital Market and Insurance Conference in Yangon on December […]

Organic Poultry Farm Makes Waves in Yangon

Shwe Taung Nyo Gyi farm is making waves in Yangon with its local, organic poultry and natural eggs. The farm, founded in 2017 by friends Zaw Ye Naung and Marn Thu Shein, is certified by the Myanmar Organic Agriculture Group (MOAG). “We are both fathers who wanted to feed healthy, chemical-free foods to our children. […]