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Experts urge soil tests to help buildings survive earthquake

Geology and construction experts are urging building companies to conduct soil tests before erecting buildings to ensure safety amid increasing earthquakes. Government data show that over 60 earthquakes struck Myanmar in 2017 and about 40 the year before. U Saw Htwe Zaw, vice chairman of the Myanmar Earthquake Committee (MEC), said that under the country’s […]

Central Rubber Market Expected Upon Enactment of Rubber Law in Late 2018

The drafting of a new Rubber Law, which aims to create a central rubber market and raise the export quality of Myanmar rubber, is close to three quarters complete and will be enacted in late 2018, U Khaing Min, secretary at the Myanmar Rubber Planters and Producers Association (MRPPA), told The Myanmar Times. Myanmar is drafting […]

Myanmar rubber exports set to rise even as global prices take a beating

The price of rubber has fallen below its cost of production in major exporting countries. Yet, international demand for rubber produced in Myanmar has risen and insiders reckon things could remain upbeat for a while more. “Myanmar rubber production will certainly increase on the back of rising international consumption and demand,” U Myo Thant, vice-chair […]

Joint Study Aims to Map Myanmar Quake Risks

Research into earthquakes is being carried out jointly by the Myanmar Earthquake Committee and the China Academy of Sciences. Myanmar Earthquake Committee secretary U Myo Thant said that 65 earthquake prediction (GPS) equipment will be deployed underground by geologists from both countries, starting in 2018. The equipment, which will record data, were installed in various […]

Experts warn of ‘urgent’ need to prepare Yangon for earthquakes

Earthquake experts met in Yangon this week to draw up plans to limit the damage that a seismic event could inflict on the city and its inhabitants. The Yangon city seismic hazard assessment project, which aims to develop a sustainable city plan, was launched on February 19. The immediate result of the project will be […]

Developers push for production materials to be made locally

The boom in construction has prompted local developers to press for the production of home-grown building materials. They say manufacturing steel and cement here instead of importing them could cut costs and create jobs. Recent economic reform have made construction sector the most developed sector of the economy, and attracted many foreign developers. “The construction […]