Making Myanmar an energy powerhouse

Myanmar’s national electrification process is still on hold one year after the new administration took office. The replacement of the Minister of Energy in early August showed the priority given to energy, but the government still has much to do. Myanmar will have to decide on how to solve its chronic power shortage. There are […]

Peace process is the way forward

The government will not back down from the peace process despite the hardships it faces getting all ethnic armed groups to the negotiating table, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said Sunday at the second anniversary of the signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA). “It is the second anniversary of the signing. There […]

Products sold under Mae Fah Luang project at Tachileik border town fetch millions

Local vendors of fruit, vegetables and other crops at the Tachileik border town have received more than THB1 million in sales to buyers across the border in Thailand this year so far, U Kham Aung, director for Myanmar Programmes under the Mae Fah Luang project told The Myanmar Times this month. Home-grown products like coffee, […]

Myanmar food fights back

Amid the recent surge in popularity of foreign cuisine, restaurateurs look to raise the profile of traditional Myanmar food Korean food. Thai food. European food. Yangonites are increasingly spoiled for choice when choosing where to go for a meal. While broadening one’s culinary horizons can only be a good thing, traditional Myanmar restaurant owners are […]

Mango Growers Call for More Education on Quality Control in a Bid to Crack International Markets

As potential foreign mango buyers de­scend on Myan­mar to check out the local produce amid a seasonal surge in demand, local growers say more educa­tion on quality control is needed if Myanmar man­goes are to gain a foothold in international markets like Europe. “Foreign delegations are coming to Myanmar to test the quality of My­anmar […]

1m acres of mineral depositories suspended

In Myanmar, mineral depositories have been allocated to be used as resource reserves, with a total area of 1,187,492 acres, according to U Khin Maung Yi, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Conservation, who told reporters during a press conference in Nay Pyi Taw on April 24. According to the permanent […]

Myanmar sees gains in rice, corn production

Rice and corn production in Myanmar is expected to increase in the 2016-17 marketing year, while production of wheat is forecast to fall, according to an April 20 report from the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Rice production in 2016-17 is forecast at 12.2 million tonnes, up from 12.16 […]

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 […]