Pearl islands in Myanmar’s southern region to open for visitors

Some 15 islands in Myeik and Kawthoung, Myanmar’s southern coastal Tanintharyi region where pearl farms are located, will be open to visitors in October, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Sunday. The 15 islands accommodate a state-owned and 11 private pearl farms. Tourist vessels are not allowed to enter into the pearl farming […]

Myeik archipelago pearl farms to welcome tourists in October

Local and foreign tourists can start visiting pearl farms in Tanintharyi Region in October as part of a tourism-promotion programme, according to the Myanmar Tourism Federation. Pearl farms in the Myeik archipelago are not normally open to the public, but tourism operators convinced government officials to allow tourists to visit them, U Myo Win Than, […]

Waiting for Godot: farmers seek return of seized land

Farmers in Myanmar are still waiting for justice as many of their lands were confiscated by government officials, military personnel, authorities and their cronies for various reasons, a new report from New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) revealed. The NGO launched the report “Nothing for Our Land: Impacts of Land Confiscation on Farmers in Myanmar” […]

Myanmar urged to tap green power

Given that nearly 70 per cent of the population in Myanmar lacks access to electricity, the government must optimise its abundant natural resources to implement green energy projects in order to solve its power crisis, says Shoon So Oo, energy programme manager at World Wildlife Fund Myanmar. “For Myanmar’s economy to go further, we must […]

Clashing with the law, SEZ body to resurrect Dawei megaproject

Myanmar’s SEZ working body announced that the long-suspended Dawei SEZ project will be resurrected this October, in a move which is set to clash with the Environmental Conservation Law because there is no known site-wide environment assessment conducted or approved. U Than Myint, chair of the SEZ Central Working Body, said during a meeting with […]

Experts object to firms’ plans to mine sand in Tanintharyi Region

A local company plans to extract 5 million cubic metres of sand over five years in sensitive coastal areas in Tanintharyi Region without legally-required environmental assessments. Experts warn that the proposed sand mining will be highly damaging to a nearby pearl farm, biodiversity and fisheries and livelihoods of local communities. The issue highlights some of […]

Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, No.(2) Mining Enterprise, Invitation for Opening Tender, Closing Date: 12 July 2018.

1. No. (2) Mining Enterprise, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation invites to submit the tender quotation for the following materials. Sr. No. Materials Classifies Weight (MT) Location Tender Closing Date / Time Delivery Term 1 Wolfram Concentrate 2.762 Dawei, Tanintharyi Region 12.7.2018/ 2 : 00 PM   F.O.B (Dawei) 2 Tin & Wolfram […]

Mandalay to rethink wheel tax collection

The Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) has announced it will rework the collection of tolls and the wheel tax on vehicles without opening a new tender for the last six months of the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Tolls are one of MCDC’s most lucrative sources of income. Revenue from toll gate collection exceeds K15 billion (US$10.95 […]

Elite Petrochemical launches first private-sector LPG project in Myanmar

Elite Petrochemical Co launched its Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Terminal and Port Facility at the Thilawa Special Economic Zone on Saturday. The terminal is the first private sector-led LPG investment open for business in the country. The terminal was developed under a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) agreement across 49 acres of land in Thilawa […]

Over the last year, Myanmar’s energy sector stumbles in right direction

Home to one of the world’s oldest oil and gas industries, oil exploration in Myanmar began in the early Bagan era. During the reign of King Anawrahta in the Bagan Era, evidence shows that the Buddha’s Three Teachings were coated with oil to prevent damage. With the nationalisation of the oil industry in 1963, the […]