Myanmar’s coffee growers bank on specialty niche

MANDALAY, Myanmar — When Tin Win Win opened Fuji Coffee House and Restaurant in Yangon in 1996, she had to make special trips abroad to source quality coffee beans. “She used to hand carry back Brazilian and African beans and process them with a mini-roaster,” recalled her son, Thu Zaw, who now heads the family’s […]

Myanmar coffee set for sale in America

MYANMAR Special Arabica coffee cultivated in townships of Shan State and Pyin-Oo-Lwin in Mandalay Region will be first exported to America, according to the Myanmar Coffee Association (MCA). In April, a container load of coffee was exported to Switzerland, allowing the exporters to earn US$ 3,800-4,000 per tonne. Winrock International helped Myanmar coffee to meet […]

Air Cargo:Emerging Myanmar requires patience

After more than two decades of isolation, the nation of Myanmar is moving back into the international market. As this Southeast Asian country makes cautious steps towards democracy, the forwarding industry is watching – and waiting – for opportunities to turn Myanmar into the region’s next logistics powerhouse. For some logistics firms, the wait may be […]

Swiss-style apprenticeships for Myanmar craftspeople

In a large shed in the north of Yangon, Myanmar’s future craftspeople practice their skills. The saws are roaring, the students discussing aloud. But when U Nay Lin is speaking, his apprentices listen to him quietly. The teacher of future cabinet makers shows his students a three-dimensional drawing of a jewellery box, asking them to […]

Mandalay Industrial Harbour to Begin Operations in December

Simikhone Ayeyarwaddy Harbour, which is being constructed in Mandalay’s Myothar Industrial City, is to begin operations in December. The harbour is being constructed on 400 acres of land in Myothar Industrial City, which is over 10,000 acres of area. U Tun Yin, managing director of Myothar Industrial Development Plc, told Myanmar Business Today, “The harbour […]

Myeik tourism hits 17-year high

Snorkelling resorts in the Myeik Archipelago attracted around 2,000 foreign visitors in the first four months of this year, according to the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism (Myeik Branch). Last year, tourism revenue in the area hit a 17-year high, Ks 57.99 million (US$57,991). Entry fees to Kawthoung District and Myeik District are $50 and […]

EU investments set to surge after protection deal

Investments from the European Union member countries are likely to surge after signing of the EU-Myanmar investment protection agreement, said a senior EU official. Antonio Berenguer, EU’s head of trade and economic affairs, said that the agreement would encourage investment from Europe by improving legal certainty and predictability surrounding investments. “This agreement aims to provide […]

Political parties wary of foreign election aid

Pledges of financial assistance by six Western governments and the European Union in the run-up to November’s general elections have left political parties confused over who will benefit and the legality of foreign aid. A joint statement on March 3 by the EU and six embassies in Yangon said that as “development partners” they would […]

Is Burma’s healthcare system in recovery?

A few patients wearing wrinkled longyi stroll through a hallway so quiet that their conversation echoes through the North Okkalapa General Hospital, the second largest public hospital in Rangoon [Yangon]. There are no obvious signs of modernity in the facilities or atmosphere of the 40-year-old building. A wheezing air-conditioner and numerous scratches on the pale, […]

5 foreign countries invest in Myanmar

Investors from five foreign countries including Norway and Sweden have started investing in Myanmar for the first time, according to the Directorate Investment and Company Administration (DICA). The DICA said the five countries – Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Samoa and Sri Lanka – haven’t made any investment before but now they have invested more than US$ […]