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New dawn for remote Andaman Sea island tourism

Few have heard of the Mergui Archipelago, and even fewer have managed to visit the 400km string of scattered islands in the Bay of Bengal’s Andaman Sea. Most of the 800 offshore islands are uninhabited, apart from a few seasonal settlements of the seafaring nomadic Moken, and some Burmese fishing villages The jungle-clad limestone and […]

MPs urge govt to rein in farmland sales

The subdivision and selling of farmland must be done by the national government, not by local management and development committees, a legislator in the Upper House has said. U Myo Win, MP for Mon State constituency 1, underscored the need for the national government to regulate the activities of management and development committees in townships […]

Mining Surveys Underway in Chin

Surveys are being undertaken by a joint taskforce in response to applications for mining operations in Chin state, considered as the least developed state in Myanmar, according to the state government. The taskforce was formed with members from the general administration department, forestry department, planning department and water resource management department of Chin state. “We […]

Can EITI membership make resource revenues transparent?

It can be easy joining groups: The challenge is in seeing the membership through. Myanmar signed up to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) on July 2. The agreement promotes openness and accountable management of revenues from natural resources, requiring annual disclosure of taxes and other payments by oil, gas and mining companies to governments. […]