Hydropower threatens peace in Myanmar — but it doesn’t have to

Myanmar faces a critical moment for investment decision-making. The Barack Obama administration’s move to lift sanctions on the Southeast Asian country has opened up new opportunities. But the moves that are made today will send political and economic ripples into the future, and the international community must act responsibly. China wants to finance a 3,600-megawatt […]

Smog blowing in from Myanmar affects air quality in the North Thailand

The alarming development came as a report by Thai Civil Rights and Investigative Journalism (TCIJ) revealed that the dense hotspots in Shan State, Myanmar, are associated with Thai corporate investment in maize plantations. Despite the strict regulations and law enforcement to ban burns during the current dry season in the North, it is expected that […]

MIC divides country into three categories

The Myanmar Investment Commission has established three development categories, offering different income tax exemptions depending on the level of development. Under the Myanmar Investment Law, the least developed zones include 14 townships in Kachin State, seven each in Kayah and Kayin, nine in Chin, 35 in Sagaing Region, four in Tanintharyi, five in Bago, 13 […]

About 600 private fuel stations seeking permits

Permits to open about 600 private fuel stations in Yangon are being sought, which could alleviate the paucity of petrol stations in the region. There are currently 2,065 fuel stations across the country. but only about 150 fuel stations in Yangon because the land and real property values in Yangon are excessively high, entrepreneurs said. […]

14,000 Tonnes of Wood Set for Tender

​​ ​​ Myanmar Timber Enterprise plans to call an open tender for about 14,280 tonnes of wood and timber, the tender committee said yesterday. The committee said timber and wood from Yangon, Sagaing, Mandalay, Ayeyawady, Bago, Tanintharyi regions and Shan, Kachin, and Rakhine states will be sold. The auction will be held from March 7 […]

The Road to Muse

Mandalay-Muse Road linking Mandalay, the second capital city of Myanmar, and Muse located on Myanmar-China border plays a pivotal role in border trade between the two countries. The road was once notorious for its poor condition coupled with the then thriving insurgency. But nowadays, the situation has changed a lot as the country is moving […]

80 tonnes of Myanmar coffee to ship to America and China (Taipei) this year

About 80 tonnes of Myanmar’s coffee is planned to be exported to the US and China (Taipei) this year, according to the Myanmar Coffee Association. In 2016, about 40 tonnes of Arabica produced from Ywangan were exported to these markets. The export volume is is being boosted this year, said U Win Aung Kyaw, the […]

Watermelon, muskmelon income accounted for 80 per cent of fruit and vegetables exports

Watermelon and muskmelon made up 80 per cent of the income earned from fruits and vegetables exported to foreign countries, according to the Commerce Ministry. During the 2015-2016 fiscal year, fruit and vegetable exports accounted for about US$93million in income, with export values of about US$60milllion from watermelon and about 20 million form muskmelon, said […]

Government cracking down on illegal trading & smuggling

The Union government is planning to take stringent measures against illegal trading in order to prevent the smuggling of contraband, which causes a great loss of revenue, said U Kyaw Win, Union Minister for Planning and Finance. “It is essential for the nation to control contraband but it must be carried out in a systematic […]

Tachilek on an e-Visa

Chiang Rai, 17 January 2017: Travel to the Mekong Region is often called the ‘last frontier,” but with a littler effort the frontier hassles can be rolled back for the determined traveller. A phrase coined to conjure up the mystique of travel ironically identifies the major snag for travellers to the Greater Mekong Sub-region; frontiers. […]