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 […]

IWT Eyes Reform to Launch Commercial Services

The Myanmar Inland Water Transport (IWT) authorities have called for carrying out reform of its business services by going for joint venture operations with the private sector, according to the Ministry of Transport. Complaining that it has been operating its transportation services at loss, IWT under the ministry said it is facing challenges for transforming […]

Japan to Provide Three New Ferries for Yangon River

Japan is set to supply three new ferries to Myanmar in a bid to provide round trip service across the Yangon river, according to the Inland Water Transport Authority (IWTA). In order to supply these ferries, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is collaborating with Myanmar and will be studying the waterway between Pansodan and […]