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Shan State Lawmakers to Discuss Draft Inle Lake Conservation Law

YANGON—The Shan State Parliament will soon discuss a draft law that will allow the participation of local residents in the conservation of Inle Lake, one of the most prominent landmarks in Shan State. The draft law proposes the formation of a lake governing body that will include four representatives from civil society organizations (CSOs) and […]

Govt to invite investors for poppy-substitute efforts

The parliament was to discuss incentives that would entice private companies in poppy-substitute projects in the country in a bid to help reduce, if not eradicate the drug menace, a member of the parliament said. Member of parliament Daw Khin Hnin Thit representing Padaung township in Bago Region proposed to tap private investors as the […]

Local coffee growers marginally hit by falling prices

A drop in global coffee prices has affected Myanmar’s coffee growers, says U Min Hlaing, secretary of Myanmar Coffee Association. Depending on the type of coffee, the price has dropped to around US$ 500 a tonne, he said. “The weather in Brazil, a major grower of coffee, was good last year so the country had […]

Yangon sets sights on smart-city goal

As the world advance, Yangon city has to become a smart city and also be made more liveable, said Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein during the 10th anniversary of Barcamp Yangon held recently. BarCamp is an international network of user-generated conferences primarily focused around technology and the web. The Yangon Region government […]

Aik Htun: Driver turned Tycoon

For the owner of a business of any size, integrity is key. This is the principle that has brought U Aik Htun, one of the richest businessmen in Myanmar, through ups and downs. “The biggest secret of success is honesty and integrity,” said U Aik Htun, chair of conglomerate Shwe Taung Group, speaking in fluent […]

Shan State Coffee Producer Wins ASEAN Business Award

Local social enterprise Aung Nay Lin Htun, which manufactures and distributes Myanmar’s first international-standard specialty coffee brand, Genius Shan Highlands, won an ASEAN Business Award on Monday in the Sustainable Social Enterprise category. The ASEAN Business Awards 2018 were presented in Singapore in the categories of Priority Integration Sectors; SME Excellence (Corporate Social Responsibility, Employment, […]

Ministry issues notice to proceed for Deedoke hydro project

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy has issued a notice to proceed to the developers of the 60-megawatt Deedoke hydropower project in Mandalay Region. Ministry officials signed the notice with the developers – Andritz of Austria, Kansai of Japan and High Tech Construction Trust, which is a subsidiary of Myanmar’s Shwe Taung Group – at […]

Waiting for Godot: farmers seek return of seized land

Farmers in Myanmar are still waiting for justice as many of their lands were confiscated by government officials, military personnel, authorities and their cronies for various reasons, a new report from New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) revealed. The NGO launched the report “Nothing for Our Land: Impacts of Land Confiscation on Farmers in Myanmar” […]

State Counselor’s Tourism Plan Promising but Hard to Implement

While giving State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi high marks for her strategies to reform the tourism sector, tour operators point out that conditions on the ground make her suggestions hard to implement. Speaking at a National Tourism Industry Development Central Committee meeting in Naypyitaw on Friday, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi put forward […]

Illegal trade more rampant than before, govt measures not effective

Government efforts to prevent illegal border trade have not been effective or sufficient and counterfeit goods are still being smuggled into the country. In fact, things are worse than before. “Illegal trade can’t be controlled. Illegal trade is worse than before even though measures were taken to reopen some of the border gates by the […]