Why the visit of Myanmar’s military chief is important to New Delhi

The commander-in-chief of Myanmar defence forces, senior general Min Aung Hlaing, is currently on an eight-day tour of India. He is visiting numerous cities such as Gaya, Varanasi, Ahmedabad and Vishakhapatnam and will meet several military and civilian leaders. On 14 July in New Delhi, he is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, defence […]

What’s Behind Myanmar Military Chief’s Europe Voyage?

Starting from April 22, Myanmar’s military chief Min Aung Hlaing embarked on a goodwill visit to the Federal Republic of Germany with a stopover in Austria. His trip, made at the invitation of his German counterpart, signals the continuing importance that Berlin, as well as Europe more generally, plays in Myanmar’s development as well as […]

Myanmar and ASEAN A Great Unknown to Trump

Eric Rose is lead director of Herzfeld Rubin Meyer & Rose (“HRMR”), the first US law firm established in Myanmar. HRMR is a founding member of the American Chamber of Commerce Myanmar, and Mr Rose serves on its Executive Committee, and also chairs its HR Committee. In an exclusive interview with the Myanmar Times, he […]

Battling for Blood Jade: Inside One of the World’s Most Dangerous Industries

When the earth collapsed, as it does nearly every day in the jade hills of Myanmar, Ye Min Naing was poised on a steep slope of rubble and scree. It was a rainy night six months ago, at the tail end of the monsoons. A truck with wheels the height of a man had just […]

Myanmar Exports More than 900,000 Tonnes of Rice and Broken Rice to December

​​ Myanmar has exported more than 900,000 tons of rice and broken rice for the year until the end of December, reported the Ministry of Commerce. “We already exported more than 900,000 tons of rice and broken rice. It is a good sign for the country,” Yan Naing Tun, the director-general of the Trade Department […]

Mandalay trader petitions for mining halt

A Mandalay trader is circulating a petition calling for an immediate but temporary halt to jade mining and a revamp of export procedures, warning the Mandalay market could be headed for disaster if business continues as usual. The petition will shortly be submitted to a Regional and Union-level officials, with its main backer hoping it […]

Ministry to allow local and foreign investment forest plantation projects

Approval of the present government will be given to forest plantation projects involving local and foreign investments in forest reserves and protected forest areas, Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win told Amyotha Hluttaw yesterday. Establishment of private forest plantations have been allowed since 2006-2007 FY for enabling wood-based industries to […]

Old mindsets could impede Myanmar’s progress

Like most residents of Yangon, Hlaing Tint, a 37-year-old assistant lecturer, rides the bus daily. In this old capital of Myanmar, on the cusp of a new era, buses are usually crowded during rush hours, more so around the bus door. Yangonites love to stay close to the door for an easy exit, even though […]

Militarism in Thailand and Myanmar: A Role Reversal in the Making?

Militarism seems to be migrating from the latter to the former at a speedy rate. By Pavin Chachavalpongpun A role reversal for Myanmar and Thailand is starkly in the making, as concerns about militarism seem to continue to migrate from the former to the latter at a speedy rate. Recent developments towards democracy in Myanmar […]

Govt signals crackdown on unauthorised occupants of state-owned apartments

Residents of government-owned apartment blocks could soon face eviction if they are found to be occupying their homes illegally, a housing official has warned. Since 1951, the government has built several apartment blocks in Yangon to house military and civilian staff. In many cases others have since taken possession, often following the death or transfer […]