Government drafting policy on exporting maids

The Myanmar Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population is currently drafting a policy regarding sending Myanmar workers abroad, Minister U Thein Swe told The Myanmar Times on International Labour Day on Tuesday. “We will send domestic workers abroad according to our new policy,” the minister said. He added that the ministry is committed to assisting […]

Are municipalities Myanmar’s champions of reform?

2017 was a difficult year for Myanmar. The rocky peace process and crisis in Rakhine have complicated the government’s effort to put together a reform agenda following five decades of authoritarian rule. In such a challenging context, it is easy for bureaucratic inertia to set in and for people within government to become more risk […]

Average inflation rate hits 4.03 pc in March

The average inflation rate in March was 4.03 per cent, with the highest rates reported in Rakhine and Mandalay and the lowest in the Union Territory, according to the figures released by the Central Statistical Organization. Until March of this year, the average inflation rate in Kachin was 5.27 per cent, 4.21 per cent in […]

Confident of long term growth, Serge Pun bets big on tourism, property

Investors looking for clues on where the Myanmar economy is headed may glean some insight from Serge Pun’s recent corporate maneuvers. The 65-year-old Myanmar tycoon has not been idle of late. Last month, units of Peninsula Residences Yangon, a collection of 96 private luxury homes, went on sale. The homes are part of the Yoma […]

New bridge to resolve Thilawa’s transport nightmare

INVESTORS in Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and Thanlyin residents now see the light at the end of the long tunnel, as a new bridge connecting the area with Yangon is scheduled to complete within four years. The new Bago River bridge, expected to become operational in 2021, will be built next to the existing […]

Myanmar’s Approach to India

Myanmar can be described as the quintessential small state whose foreign policy is impinged on by the overtures of its larger neighbors — China and India. That is in part due to its geographical location impacting Myanmar’s policy formulation, but also a reflection of the fact that, historically, Myanmar’s military rule has led to global […]

Dawei SEZ is for the few, not the many

A few elites will benefit from reviving Dawei SEZ, but what about the rest? Civil society organisations demand authorities to halt the controversial Dawei project and rethink. CIVIL society organisations have demanded the authorities to reconsider the plans to revive the controversial Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ). They argued that a site-wide environment impact assessment […]

Rakhine receives funds from energy projects for education and infrastructure

Rakhine State has received over Ks760 million from the Shwe gas project and over US$0.8 million from the Southeast Asian oil and natural gas project for its education and basic infrastructure sectors, according to a report of a committee on implementing recommendations on Rakhine State. The report said the investment committee had been formed on […]

Dawei SEZ’s grave human rights violations, forced evictions and flawed EIAs come under fire

From flawed land acquisition, destroyed farmlands to the lack of transparency, this project is failing on many human rights measures and threatening the lands and livelihoods of communities. DAWEI Special Economic Zone (SEZ) has been accused of grave human rights violations including forced evictions, a lack of transparency and environmental disruption as the land lease […]