Myanmar Labor Minister Commits to Working Toward Elimination of Child Labor

Half of Myanmar’s child laborers work in dangerous conditions for low minimum wages as the Southeast Asian country strives to eliminate the ubiquitous practice of employing young people, the country’s labor minister said Monday. “Half of Myanmar’s child laborers are working in dangerous conditions, but we can’t ask them to stop immediately,” Thein Swe, the […]

Indian Government Considering Afghanistan, Myanmar’s Proposal to Boost Pharma Exports

NEW DELHI: India is examining a proposal from Afghanistan to help set up a manufacturing base for pharmaceutical products, along with another proposal from Myanmarto supply generic drugs, as part of its efforts to shore up declining exports. The department of commerce is closely examining Afghanistan’s proposal seeking India’s help in setting up a manufacturing […]

Yangon University is modelled on Oxford, but there are no dreaming spires

Walking around Yangon, though there are the affluent areas and fast food restaurants that exist in nearly all big cities, these areas are few and far between. Poverty pervades in this former capital city to a greater extent than in many of its Southeast Asian counterparts. The military regime, though removed in 2013, has had […]

Foreign investment booms in Myanmar telecoms

Overseas companies spent big on building mobile phone infrastructure in Myanmar over the past year, while they took a break from exploring oil and gas. Foreign investment in Myanmar’s transportation and telecommunications sectors surged to $3.08 billion for the year ended March, a 60% jump. In contrast, spending in the gas and oil industry — […]

Planning an MPA system in Myanmar: Interview with Phil Dearden

The Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar officially emerged from military rule and geopolitical isolation in 2011. A civilian government now holds power, and the nation — home to more than 100 ethnic groups — is reopening itself to the world. Part of this reopening is in the realm of marine conservation: the government is partnering […]

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 […]

Taiwan’s ‘Little Burma’

A short five-minute walk from the Taipei metro terminal station of Nanshijiao lies Huaxin Street. It is here, nestled away in the concrete jungle that makes up Zhonghe District — one of the most densely populated parts of the planet — that Taiwan’s Burmese population has settled over the past several decades. The roughly 40,000 […]

Myanmar’s New Struggle: Keeping Foreign Investors Happy

A pariah state for decades, Myanmar’s recent emergence from economic isolation has attracted foreign companies and investors intrigued by the Southeast Asian nation’s untapped potential, abundant natural resources and low wage workforce. The first U.S. fast food restaurant, KFC, opened in 2015 and other assorted Western and Asian brands have popped up across the nation’s […]

Myanmar’s AGD Bank Seeks Foreign Partners, Has Talked With Uber

Myanmar’s Asia Green Development Bank Ltd. is seeking foreign partners and has held talks with Uber Technologies Inc. as it seeks to harness digital platforms to service the most under-banked country in Asia. The lender’s search for ride-sharing partners included “very preliminary” discussions with Uber’s Myanmar head, AGD Bank’s Managing Director Htoo Htet Tay Za […]