Ban Lifted on Going to Malaysia for Work

Myanmar has lifted a six-month ban on sending workers to Malaysia, a senior labour official said, as the country struggles with influx of tens of thousands of returning migrants from neighbouring Thailand. Myanmar migrant workers flocked in droves to the border area of Myawady Township during the past week to avoid the neighbouring kingdom’s June […]

Rejoining Asia’s Rice Bowls

Rice is one of the major sectors prioritised by the Myanmar National Export Strategy. The Strategy was designed to fuel the country’s sustainable development through export promotion and was first launched in March 2015 under the previous administration. At one time, the country was the top rice exporter internationally until the Second World War. Subsequently, […]

No Go Yet to Malaysia for Myanmar Workers

Myanmar has yet to send workers to Malaysia as the political situation there is uncertain and there may be problems in future. U Myo Aung, permanent secretary for the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, said that they have been looking into the situation in Malaysia to avoid potential problems for Myanmar workers going there. […]

Nay Pyi Taw’s Buses Upgraded

A new class of bus has come to the capital. High-end buses will now run between Nay Pyi Taw’s civil servant wards, municipal staff wards, Myotaw Myoma Market, the 1000-bed hospital and special clinics, Nay Pyi Taw Council chair U Myo Aung said at a launch event yesterday. “Providing convenient transportation for the people is […]

Myanmar allocates land for textile & apparel special zone

The Myanmar ministry of industry which had initially mooted the idea of creating a special zone for textile and garment industry earlier in August has decided to allocate 3,000 acres of land for the project. The project was earlier planned to be set up near TadaU in Mandalay, but challenges of transportation, forced the ministry […]

Levels of overseas recruitment service agencies to be released every six months

The levels of the overseas recruitment service agencies adhering to the Codes of Conduct will be released once every six months by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population. There are currently 94 overseas employment service agencies which have signed an agreement for the Code of Conduct. Code Compliance Monitoring Committee (CCMC) to check where […]

Govt mulls rejection of US$300 million loan from China

Thanks but no thanks, the Myanmar government may be preparing to say to a major Chinese lender. As Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi discussed the future of the controversial Myitsone dam project and other aspects of Myanmar-Chinese relations in Beijing, questions were being raised as to whether the country needs to take on an additional […]

Loans elude fish farmers who lack land ownership documents

FISH farmers are facing difficulties obtaining loans for independent fish-breeding activities as fish ponds in Myanmar lack land ownership documents, according to the Okkar Maung Livestock and Fisheries Production and General Trading Cooperative. “Seventy-five per cent of fish breeding enterprise expenses go toward [fish] feed. Independent fish farmers in Myanmar are currently having a spot […]

Malaysia visa scheme negotiations hit snag

Taking a page out of the workers’ union book, overseas recruiters have found their boycott paid off. A moratorium on sending workers to Malaysia was launched after revisions to the scheme jumped the visa price and allowed a functional monopoly by funneling all applications through a single agency. Yesterday, the feuding parties managed to negotiate […]

Printers call for access to finance

Cash-starved printers are calling for government support in their efforts to expand their business in what could be profitable times. The chief complaint in the printing world is that they cannot borrow money from banks amid increasing competition from foreign businesses. Fujiyama Press spokesperson U Than Myint said his company lacked large presses, but could […]