Small industrial zones lack government support

Investment should be directed toward upgrading the country’s ageing industrial zones, as the government contemplates launching new ones, say Yangon industrialists. As the Yangon Region government and Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) mull the regeneration of the country’s industrial base, the owners of existing factories say more can be done to make them competitive. U Ko […]

Tanintharyi tightens mining oversight

The local government in Myanmar’s southernmost region has said it will not issue any new mining licences until environmental concerns and controversies have been resolved at operational mines in the resource-rich area. A number of mining projects in Tanintharyi Region have long been opposed by local residents who have accused their operators of polluting water […]

Two casinos in Taninthariyi under government scrutiny

Two casino resorts in Tanintharyi Region’s southernmost Kawthoung township are on a regional government watch list, the chief minister told The Myanmar Times during an interview in Dawei last month. Grand Andaman Resort, located on the 1800-acre Thahtay Island, and Victoria Entertainment Resort on Treasure Island are both marketed at Thai patrons, who are legally banned […]

Thailand reaffirms Dawei plans, but does Myanmar?

“The governments of Thailand and Myanmar reaffirmed that the Dawei megaproject will create thousands of jobs and improve the livelihoods of people along the border,” according to Thailand’s caretaker Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha. Prayuth was speaking at a joint press conference in Bangkok on Friday. Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi also addressed reporters, […]

The fight for resources in Myanmar’s deep south

Tanintharyi Region, the southern tip of Myanmar, abounds with natural resources and the problems associated with them. Residents in the isolated region face over-mining by foreign companies, the proposed development of a deep-sea port, an oil refinery and a special economic zone, mechanised farming of rubber and palm oil, an illegal trade in timber, overfishing, […]

MADB suffers loses of over K700 million in Tanintharyi Region

  Myanmar Agricultural Development Bank (MADB) for Tanintharyi Region has made public losses incurred during the previous 2015-16 fiscal year in the form of K737.26 million in non-performing loans. “We’ve never experienced such losses in the last 62 years. The last fiscal year was the first time we’ve suffered a loss. The main factor behind […]

Villagers condemn power-plant project

Residents have staged a protest in Thakyataw village, Dawei District of Tanintharyi Region, against a coal-fired power plant to be built by the 24-Hour Mining and Industry Company Limited. About 400 residents took part, carrying banners reading “Environmental preservation”, “No dirty plant wanted”, “Stop the coal-fired power plant project”, “Get out” and “Goodbye to the […]

Thais feel impact of booming Dawei

BANGKOK • Saw Hdaik Oo, from Dawei in Myanmar, left home for Thailand when he was 15, in search of a job. He was fortunate to find one at a seafood-processing factory in Ranong, southern Thailand. And then even luckier to be promoted to oversee the refrigeration at a plant in Mahachai, which has one […]

Local resistance fails to halt Myeik coal-fired power plant

A local company says it will pursue plans to build a 50-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Tanintharyi Region once it has secured permission from Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC), despite continuing opposition from the community. Beside Lut Lut village – 12 miles (19.3 kilometres) from Myeik – Than Phyo Thu Mining Company and Myeik Public Corporation […]

Grand Andaman wins monopoly on Tanintharyi birds’ nests

Grand Andaman Islands Company has taken over the right to harvest birds’ nests on four groups of islands in Tanintharyi Region that were put out to tender, after the Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings failed to make a cash payment for one of the bids. UMEHL had won the right to produce and harvest swiftlet […]