Labour Official Upbeat on Migrants-to-Malaysia Restart But no Date Set

​​ A suspension on sending migrant workers from Myanmar to Malaysia will be lifted when political conditions in the latter improve and the safety of labourers can be better assured, according to U Thein Win, director of the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population’s Migrant Affairs Department. The decision earlier this week to cut off the […]

Mung bean output to be increased to meet demand from India

The number of mung bean plantation acres will be increased this winter to meet India’s demand of 10,000 tonnes of mung bean, according to the Rakhine Agriculture Department. India has said it will purchase 10,000 tonnes of mung bean during the next fiscal year, which has prompted the agriculture department to begin the process of […]

Myanmar Bans Workers Going to Malaysia

​​ YANGON – Myanmar has banned workers from going to Muslim-majority Malaysia as relations sour between the neighbours over a bloody military crackdown on the Buddhist country’s Rohingya minority. The move came after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak lashed out at Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi for allowing “genocide” on her watch […]

Flower crab exports declined by half this year

Despite the continued high demand for flower crab from Thailand, this year’s export volume of the blue crabs has declined by half compared to the same period last year, exporters say. “The price of flower crabs produced from Kyaukpru, a major town in Rakhine State, is increasing due to Thailand’s growing demand. However, it is […]

China’s plans for Myanmar town hold few local opportunities

KYAUKPYU, Myanmar (AP) — China’s plan for its foothold on the Bay of Bengal, on Myanmar’s western coast in restive Rakhine state, includes an industrial zone, oil refinery and deep-water port that could transform a sleepy, remote town of 30,000 into a thriving business hub. The plan for Kyaukpyu is central to Beijing’s ambitions in […]

Govt Urges Officials to Find Ways to Reduce Impact of Regional Crop Prices on Farmers

Vice President U Henry Van Thio, who leads the Committee for Protection and Promotion of the Interests of Farmers, addressed the Coordination Meeting for Reduction of Impact of Regional Crops Prices yesterday. The vice president said paddy prices in major rice production regions in Myanmar such as Ayeyawaddy Region, Bago Region, Yangon Region, Sagaing Region […]

Japan Competes With China for Myanmar Influence With 800 Billion Yen Aid Deal

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo: Kyodo Japan will provide aid worth 800 billion yen (US$7.73 billion) to Myanmar over five years as it competes for regional influence with the country’s biggest trading partner China. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the announcement at a joint news […]

Police raid Rakhine-to-Malaysia Smuggling Junket, Detain 22 Muslim Teens

Court proceedings and a manhunt have been launched after police disrupted a human smuggling pipeline from Rakhine State to Malaysia in two separate raids in Yangon this weekend. Nearly two dozen Muslim teenagers between the ages of 12 and 18 were rounded up by police and detained. According to officials, the male teens being trafficked […]

Economic sanctions can no longer power Myanmar’s democratic transition, US ambassador says

US Ambassador to Myanmar Scot Marciel yesterday defended the decision to purge the sanctions list, referring to the embargoes as no longer politically expedient and a constraint on trade between the two countries. “The cost of maintaining sanctions is greater than that of easing the sanctions,” he said, adding that the decision had been thoroughly […]

Natural gas export earned US$1.2billion

The export of natural gas as of 9th September in this fiscal year 2016-2017 fetched only US$1.2billion, a slump of US$770million when compared to the similar period of the last fiscal year, it is learnt from the Ministry of Commerce. The export value of natural gas in this fiscal year amounted to US$1,230.765million, whereas that […]