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Russia offers to help Myanmar with digital legislation, e-govt

Russia on Wednesday offered to support Myanmar on the digital front, with proposals to help the country draft its first cyber security law, build e-government platforms and develop smart cities. More than 70 percent of the Russian population has round-the-clock access to e-government platforms, the use of which also helps to eliminate corruption and errors, […]

Myanmar’s organic vegetables make their way to Singapore’s NTUC Fair Price

Organic vegetables from Myanmar have made it to the shelves of Singapore-based supermarket chain NTUC Fair Price, according to the Myanmar Fruit, Flower, and Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association (MFVP). Myanmar’s vegetables began entering cold storages in Singapore in 2017 and now, their sale has been allowed in the NTUC supermarket chain. During the trial […]

First Tourists Arrive on New Free-Visa System, 21 Western Countries to be Added

As an initial phase of implementing its new tourism strategy, the tourism ministry launched a free-visa system for tourists from Japan, South Korean and China’s Hong Kong and Macau on Monday. The move is likely to be followed in the coming years by the lifting of visa requirements for citizens of another 21 countries—especially western […]

How the West won and lost Myanmar

When former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi and her long persecuted National League for Democracy party won election in 2015, Western nations which maintained sanctions against the previous rights-abusing military regime cheered the democratic result and hoped for transition. Suu Kyi was subsequently feted in various European capitals, including Oslo, where she received her […]

Ministry criticises slow action on visa-on-arrival proposal

Hotels and Tourism Union Minister U Ohn Maung criticised the slow action on the ministry’s proposal to issue a visa-on-arrival (VOA) to tourists from China, Japan and South Korea to boost the country’s tourism. “We thought they (the Immigration Department) would give visas-on-arrival for package tours if visitors arrive by air,” U Ohn Maung told […]

Grab makes takeover bid for Uber’s Southeast Asia operations, including Vietnam: reports

Uber has been unable to turn a profit in Asian markets, making it a prime target for rivals. Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab has been in talks with rival Uber to acquire its regional operations in a bid to tighten its grip on the rapidly growing shared transportation sector, Kr-Asia quoted people familiar with the […]

Moscow Stands by Military Deal with Tatmadaw After US Criticism

Russia will abide by a deal to sell military aircraft and provide technical cooperation to Myanmar’s military, Moscow said after the agreement drew criticism from the U.S. The Kremlin on Friday reaffirmed its commitment to the deal, which was signed on Jan. 20 during Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu’s visit to the country and will see Moscow sell […]

Beans and Pulses Traders Hopeful to Tap China Market

​​ Beans and pulses produced in Myanmar have long relied on the Indian market, but the industry has started broadening their horizons to another giant market – China, said U Aung Soe, director general from Myanmar’s Trade Promotion Organisation under the Ministry of Commerce. A delegation, which consists of officials from the ministry and nine companies […]

Overseas demand for locally-produced coffee expected to rise in 2018

Prospects are looking good for the Myanmar coffee industry, with coffee prices kicking off the New Year on a high level and domestic market conditions looking rather positive, coffee plantation workers said. The market price for ripe coffee cherries harvested in December is now K800-K900 per viss (1.6kg), which is at the higher end of […]

Myanmar Military Modernization in the Spotlight Amid Air Force Anniversary

On December 15, Myanmar’s air force commemorated its 70th anniversary. The interaction, which featured remarks by the military chief Min Aung Hlaing, put the ongoing modernization of one of Southeast Asia’s largest militaries in the spotlight. Though Myanmar’s military, known as the Tatmadaw and said to number around 400,000, is technically one of the biggest […]