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Chinese company, university to jointly build Lancang-Mekong int’l institute in Myanmar

A Myanmar branch of a Chinese mining company and a university from China’s Yunnan Province reached a cooperation framework agreement in Yangon Tuesday on building the Lancang-Mekong International Vocational Institute in Myanmar. The signing ceremony between the Wanbao Mining Copper Ltd (Myanmar) and Yunnan Minzu University for the establishment of the institute and the company’s […]

Yangon’s thriving Chinatown shows how food can help heal scars of Myanmar’s past

After the anti-Chinese riots in the 1960s and years of discrimination, Chinese immigrants are now celebrating their identity and heritage through food. Yangon Chinatown’s food evolution illustrates the changing times of the country. Two days after the end of Chinese New Year, Rabbit Bakery is still busy churning out pastries for eager customers. Inside the […]

IFC report recommends alternatives to high-risk Myitsone

A government-sponsored study warned against restarting the highly controversial Myitsone dam and recommended alternatives to develop the country’s hydropower sector. The final version of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the hydropower sector, supported by the energy and environment ministries and authored by the International Finance Corporation, has been published. The SEA involved a range […]

One of world’s biggest superyachts ‘built using illegal Burmese timber’

A German shipyard used illegally-sourced teak from Myanmar to construct a superyacht for a Russian billionaire, a public prosecutor has claimed. Nobiskrug shipyard on the river Eider used wood supplied by a Burmese government-controlled firm which was sanctioned earlier this year for exporting teak from threatened forests, lawyer for the state Axel Bieler said. Timber […]

How Did Myanmar’s Reforms Change Its Relations With China?

I first visited Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) in February 2013, two months after then-U.S. President Barack Obama’s landmark visit to that country. One thing that has been inscribed in my fond memories of the visit is that many street vendors in Yangon (formerly Rangoon) were hawking T-shirts with Obama’s headshot and a caption above […]

Yangon to invest Ks 8 billion into agricultural sector

The Yangon Region Government has earmarked about Ks8 billion to spend on development of the mechanised agricultural sector in Yangon Region as part of a revitalization effort for farmland, said Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein. “As far as the industry sector is developed in Yangon Region, it is found that the agriculture […]

Inland Water Cargo Shipping Unpopular

Eighty percent of freights to international destinations are carried via sea routes, 10 percent by air and 10 percent by road, estimated Myanmar International Freight Forwarders’ Association (MIFFA). However, local freight transporting primarily depends on road transportation, said U Ye Win Tun, manager of Inland Water Transport (IWT). “Although inland water transportation is cheap, it […]

Inland Water Transport to be Privatised under BOT System

The Inland Water Transport, which is currently under the Ministry of Transport, will change to a build-operate-transfer (BOT) system implemented in accordance with inland water transport law, said U Ye Win Tun, manager of the department. “Our department is still a government department. We are calculating the value of our department possessions such buildings, land […]

Japanese-Built Ferries May Switch Routes

Authorities are conducting surveys to run a new ferry route from Sintowettan jetty to Kamakasit on the banks of Dala township using ships previously operating between Pansodan and Dala on the Yangon river, according to the Inland Water Transport (IWT). “There’s an existing jetty at Sintowettan but there’s none at Kamakasit so we are working […]

Diving for treasured coal in Myanmar

Yangon – Gripping a rubber hose between his teeth that will be his lifeline, Than Hlaing takes a last gulp of relatively untainted air before plunging into the murky gloom of the fast-flowing Yangon River in Myanmar’s main city. Lashed with weights to help him dive straight down, the 40-year-old peers through the heavily silted […]