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Starbucks Suspends Move to Myanmar

Starbuck was plaining to open their first coffee shop in Myanmar, they have temporary suspended the operation with DICA, they plan to inform DICA about their future plans to open the store. “They filed the suspension a week ago which is only a temporarily suspension considering the situation of the world economy,’’ U Than Aung […]

Starbucks to Open First Myanmar Location

Starbucks will open its first coffee shop in Myanmar at the Sule Square Mall in downtown Yangon. The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) officially endorsed the service provider Coffee Concepts Myanmar Limited (CCM) to be the sole operator for catering and sales of Starbucks food and beverages; sales of Starbucks brand products, and the operation of […]

Starbucks to open first outlet in Yangon, taps Myanmar for growth in ASEAN

American coffee franchise Starbucks will soon open its first outlet in Yangon, Myanmar, leaving Laos the only market in ASEAN it has yet to penetrate. On May 12, the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) endorsed Coffee Concepts Myanmar Ltd (CCM), a wholly foreign-owned food and beverage services provider. CCM is the operator of Starbucks in Myanmar, […]

Hundreds of Companies Caught in UWSA Tin Mine Supply Chain

Hundreds of companies from around the world may be using tin sourced from a mine under control of the United Wa State Army (UWSA), according to a Reuters report released yesterday. Several of the firms named in the report told The Myanmar Times they were responding to the findings. The Reuters investigation claims that several Chinese-controlled firms which source […]

The Land Rush in Myanmar

After decades of military rule, Myanmar at last has a democratically elected government. Longtime opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party took charge in March, with her ally Htin Kyaw becoming president and the Nobel laureate herself serving as foreign affairs minister. In response, the U.S. last month announced a partial rollback of economic sanctions […]

Yangon travel app hits Android

Yangon travel application meant to spotlight the city’s heritage and push wanderers off the beaten path is coming to Android. Hong Kong-based social enterprise Urban Discovery has had a Yangon-focused iDiscovery city walk application available on iOS since November 2014. Starting in 2013, the company began offering application-based tours across a handful of different locations […]

Faint Waft for Now from Yangon’s Budding Coffee Culture

The same breeze blowing up through the wooden decking ripples the surface of the lake outside, around which umbrella-shaded couples and families amble along the tree-lined waterfront, pausing to pose for photos under softly rustling fronds. Kandawgyi Lake is one of Rangoon’s best-known time-out spots, and inside Nervin’s Café and Bistro—propped up 10 or so […]