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Casinos may be allowed to operate after gambling law amendment

Casinos will be allowed to operate in Myanmar after amendments are made to the Gambling Law by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), is enacted, said U Aung Naing Oo, director general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) this week. This comes after five regional and state chief ministers from Mandalay, Tanintharyi, […]

Ministries join forces to legalise casinos

Several ministries are in the process of repealing the 1986 Gambling Law that forbids the operation of casinos in the country in the hope that legalising gambling will spur tourism and boost revenue, but some people are lukewarm about the move. The ministries of Hotel and Tourism, Planning and Finance, and Home Affairs are spearheading […]

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 […]

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 […]

Thailand eyes Myeik archipelago as new investment destination

Thailand‘s tourism minister has made her first trip to Myeik archipelago to assess the opportunities for investment along the untouched coastline of Tanintharyi Region. Myeik district, home to almost 700,000 people, mirrors the far more frequently visited shores of southern Thailand, along the opposite coastline of a narrow strip of land. Officials from Thailand and […]