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Mon State throws open doors for investors in six sectors

The Mon State government is inviting investors to participate in six sectors to help boost the state’s economy. This was announced during the Mon State Investment Fair held last Friday and Saturday. The six sectors that the state government has decided to focus on are agriculture, fisheries, tourism, trade and logistics, manufacturing and infrastructure. “We […]

Dutch expertise to support Yangon’s water management

Yangon’s regional government will receive support to tackle challenges regarding urban water and water logistics by a coalition of Dutch companies and organisations. The companies signed an agreement with the authorities to improve water supply, resources, governance and innovation; and oversee sriver transport, dredging and tunneling. The agreement is a 3-year programme under the Dutch […]

Myanmar’s manufacturing growth loses momentum in May

TOKYO — The Nikkei Myanmar Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index, or PMI, fell to 52.6 in May from April’s series-record high of 55.5. A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion, while a reading below 50 points toward contraction. The reading was still above the average for 2017 as a whole. “The overall growth performance was hampered […]

No more empty stocks: Contraceptives reach rural women thanks to pioneering logistics system

It is in the late afternoon when Nan Aye Aye Lwin visits the Nam Khoke Rural Health Centre, after walking the three hours from her little hamlet. Nan Aye Aye Lwin comes with anxiety. She already has two children and does not wish to bear another for the time being. She wants contraceptives. But having […]

The fight for resources in Myanmar’s deep south

Tanintharyi Region, the southern tip of Myanmar, abounds with natural resources and the problems associated with them. Residents in the isolated region face over-mining by foreign companies, the proposed development of a deep-sea port, an oil refinery and a special economic zone, mechanised farming of rubber and palm oil, an illegal trade in timber, overfishing, […]

Myanmar citizens hope for positive change after government shake-up

Myanmar’s new government is expected to announce its cabinet line-up for 18 of the 21 ministries next week, and the public have expressed hope that they will be able to see a positive change. YANGON: Myanmar’s new government is expected to announce its cabinet line-up for 18 of the 21 ministries next week. Key ministries […]

Myanmar downsizes government, axes ministries

During a Parliament sitting on Thursday (Mar 17), Myanmar’s Speaker of Parliament said the nation will have 21 ministries and 18 ministers, down from 36 ministries currently. NAYPYIDAW: Myanmar’s Speaker of Parliament announced on Thursday (Mar 17) that the nation will have 21 ministries and 18 ministers, down from 36 ministries currently. During a Parliament […]

2017 EITI Report Aims for Full Membership

Myanmar submitted its first Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) report at the beginning of January which included reports on the oil and gas, jade, gems and mineral sectors. Hydropower sector will be included in the 2017 EITI Report, according to Myanmar EITI. Myanmar currently stands as a ‘candidate country’ within International EITI and Myanmar’s inclusion […]

Chinese Jade Miners in Overdrive Ahead of New Myanmar Government

Using heavy earth-excavators and explosives, miners have been tearing into Myanmar’s northern hills in recent months, in a rush to excavate more jade from the world’s richest deposits of the gemstone before a new government takes office next year. Acres of forest have been felled, leaving behind craters, barren cliffs and a web of dirt […]

Myanmar commercial capital to get $293 million rail upgrade

YANGON – Myanmar has approved the overhaul of a circular rail system in its commercial capital, Yangon, in a step towards modernising a city choked by traffic jams and under pressure from an influx of migrants lured by an expanding economy. The US$207-million (S$293 million) Japan-funded upgrade to the 48-km (30-mile) system will focus on […]