Animosity in a Burmese Hub Deepens as Chinese Get Richer

MANDALAY, Myanmar — From damp and drizzly London, the siren of British imperialism, Rudyard Kipling, wrote a poem that captured the palm trees, pagodas and temple bells of Burma during colonial rule. The romance of that verse, “Mandalay,” became a refrain for the exotic East, and of this city, in particular, once a royal capital […]

Myanmar fishery export market changes its destination

Myanmar’s fishery exporters made adjustments in their market after trade in Muse ground to a halt due to a series of attacksby ethnic armed groups in Shan State, merchants said. The prices of fisheries products are on the decline in the Muse market. Thousands of vises of live crabs, eels and prawns have spoiled by […]

Myanmar forest-cutting continues despite government efforts

PINLEBU, Myanmar (AP) — The hills of northern Myanmar’s Sagaing region were so legendarily thick with forests that in the days of kings, condemned criminals were ordered into the woods as a death sentence. Today illegal logging has left vast swaths of bare patches, with only a handful of old-growth stands. Despite a temporary ban […]

Myanmar to launch single-stop inspections at borders with neighbouring countries

Single-stop inspections will be deployed at border gates between Myanmar and neighbouring countries to prevent illegal trade, said Union Minister for Commerce Dr Than Myint yesterday. The Union minister told Amyotha Hluttaw that discussions are ongoing with China and Thailand to launch the single-stop inspection system at border crossings. The system is aimed at avoiding […]

Poverty, ethnic tensions and China top agenda for Myanmar’s new politicians

Expectations were running sky high as Myanmar’s first democratically elected parliament in more than 50 years, dominated by the former opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), convened for the first time on Monday tasked with choosing the country’s next president. After decades of stultifying military rule, all the talk was of a new era and […]

Telecom price war intensifies

The price war in Myanmar’s telecoms industry has intensified as the two foreign players stepped up their efforts to dominate the market with cheaper internet packages. The latest battle took place on May 26 when Qatar’s Ooredoo announced that it would cut its 3G internet charge from Ks10 per MB to Ks6 for non-contract customers. […]

Tea Exports to Start This Year

Myanmar tea will be exported by the end of 2015, U Htun Myaing, chairman of Myanmar Tea Producers Association told Myanmar Business Today. “Technical assistance, such as organic planting methods, is being provided to tea farmers so that the products can match international standards,” he said. The association claimed that foreign countries enact stricter standards, […]

China’s Myanmar Conundrum

Myanmar’s political transition has spawned debates and deliberations in policymaking circles and strategic communities across the world. The economic and strategic spinoff of the political changes has generated immense attention and interest. Not least in China. As recently as 2011, prior to its “opening up,” Myanmar was not only considered cut off from international engagement, […]

Delayed regional rollout of EITI expected in May: activist

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) process is to be expanded to the state and region level by May, starting with Mandalay Region, it was announced yesterday. The EITI is a global standard to promote the open and accountable management of natural resources. It seeks to strengthen government and company systems, inform public debate, and […]

Telenor Launches New Handsets

Mobile network operator Telenor Myanmar last week introduced its new handsets to the public. The new phones called T300M and T400M became available in Telenor shops and a range of outlets in areas where the network is in operation from March 26. The introduction of the feature- and smartphone follows the two first Telenor handsets […]