Parliament approves to borrow US$80 M from ADB

Union Parliament approved to borrow US$80 million from Asian Development Bank (ADB) for towns along Greater Mekong Sub-region development project. Kyaw Tin, Deputy Minister for Construction said the project is to develop towns located along the East-West Economic Corridor in Greater Mekong Sub-region. The ministry chose Hpa-an and Myawady from Kayin State and Mawlamyaing from […]

Forest rights create new livelihoods in Myanmar

In Myanmar, the National League for Democracy (NLD) is transferring the rights to forest land – and all its potential bounty – to local communities. Duncan McQueen explains how this important move, supported by peer-to-peer learning, is helping to establish new long-term livelihoods. It is impossible to talk about Myanmar without acknowledging the persecution of […]

Solar panels light up thousands of homes in Kayin State

Over 11,000 rural households in Kayin (Karen) State are set to newly receive electricity thanks to a long-awaited solar panel program. Under the National Electrification Project (NEP), the World Bank and the Department of Rural Development are installing heavily subsidized solar panels, which were sold to villagers at a fraction of the real cost. The […]

Minding the IT gap

While mobile phones are quickly becoming an increasingly important aspect of Yangon’s social and business landscapes, the same cannot be said for large swathes of Myanmar’s rural regions. A survey conducted in a village in the Ayeyarwady delta earlier this month illustrates the extent of the urban-rural divide: The investigation found, for example, that none […]

Video: Myanmar Company Incorporation – What you need to know

Learn about the Foreign Investment Law and how it benefits capital intensive industry that incorporate in Myanmar under the new law. This is the 2nd in a 2-part video series on Investing in Myanmar. This video outlines the Myanmar Foreign Investment Law (FIL) and the role of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC). It highlight the […]