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New round of oil and gas exploration bids to be called soon

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) has announced that it will be calling for bids on onshore and offshore oil and gas blocks for this year. The announcement was made for 18 onshore and 15 offshore blocks in Rakhine State during the Rakhine State Investment Fair 2019 on February 22. MOEE Minister U Win […]

Beware of Facebook, abuse of Section 66(d): digital forum

Myanmar needs to address the spread of fake news on social media by empowering local journalists, providing freer access to information, and pushing for more responsible and conscientious use of the internet, said participants at the third Myanmar Digital Rights Forum in Yangon last month. “Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we make […]

Selling Rakhine to the World

In the wake of the 2017 Rohingya crisis and ongoing fighting between the military and Arakan Army, the Myanmar government is desperate to attract investors to Rakhine State in hopes that they will help reverse the fortunes of one of the country’s poorest regions. To that end, it invited more than 600 of them to […]

Offering high hopes of realizing full growth potential from upcoming Rakhine State Investment Fair

Rakhine State has naturally an inherent potential for growth. But it has lagged behind other Regions and States in terms of commerce and social development after Independence in 1948 which has been invested with several kinds of insurgency. Economic development plays an important role in overall developments in Rakhine State; it is an agriculture-based State. […]

Tourist arrivals rise 3.15% in ’18

Myanmar received over 3.55 million foreign tourists last year, a 3.15 percent increase over the 3.44 million in 2017, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. “During 2018, tourist arrivals from western countries were low, and most visitors came from Asia, so the amount of tourism income will be different than last year, but […]

Facebook takes down more Myanmar accounts over military links

Facebook Inc (FB.O) has removed hundreds of additional accounts, pages and groups in Myanmar from its social networks after discovering what it called “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” and links to the country’s military. The social media giant had previously removed accounts, including that of Myanmar’s army chief, after criticism it had failed to act on hate […]

$187M Road Planned on Myanmar’s West Coast for ‘Security’ and ‘Development’

A coastal road stretching 274 kilometers (170 miles) from Rakhine State’s Thandwe to Gaw Yin Gyi Island in Irrawaddy Region’s Ngapudaw Township will be built at a cost of around 300 billion kyats ($187 million), according to Irrawaddy Region Minister for Finance and Planning U Htay Win. At the instruction of President U Win Myint, […]

Construction sites struggle as skilled workers head overseas

Daw Hay Mar, a trader, can only shake her head when talking about the high expenses she incurred in constructing a storage building and workers quarters because of poor workmanship. She said her nightmare started when she hired a group of construction workers in her neighbourhood for the job. Daw Hay Mar said the building […]

Kyaukphyu port: What happens next?

After more than two years of negotiations, the Myanmar government and China’s state-owned CITIC Group signed the framework agreement for the proposed US$1.3 billion deep-sea port in Kyaukphyu on November 8. At the press conference, CITIC chair Chang Zhenming said this meant “the beginning of further steps”. “Signing this agreement is the starting step for […]

Fuel-efficient cooking stoves in 22,000 households in Mandalay

Some 22,000 households in Mandalay Region are using fuel-efficient stoves as part of a government effort to reduce the use of firewood and the resulting destruction of forests and mangroves, according to the Mandalay Forestry Department. U Tint Swe, director of the department, said the stove campaign is aimed at addressing the energy shortage in […]