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MIC Suspends New Investments in Timber Businesses

Permission for to start new timber-based businesses will be temporarily suspended in Myanmar, the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) said in a November 16 statement, which was made public by the Directorate of Investment and Companies Administration (DICA) this week. To preserve the country’s forests and limit illegal logging activities, the MIC will temporarily stop issuing […]

Myanmar Journalists Call For Balanced Rakhine Coverage in International Media

YANGON — Headlines with prominent references to “genocide” and “ethnic cleansing’ in Myanmar make veteran journalist Daw Aye Aye Win uneasy, as she explains she feels international media coverage about what is happening in northern Rakhine State fails to tell the whole story of the crisis. Currently, the region is reeling from Arakan Rohingya Salvation […]

Timber group replaces sub-contractors with service providers

This comes after it previously said no more sub-contracts would be issued. It announced that the decision to hire service providers was due to the MTE’s capacity limits. Experts have questioned the differences between sub-contractors and service providers and argued that transparency is essential in any reformed processes. Last year, the MTE announced that it […]

Timber industry faces challenges in the voluntary partnership agreement process in forest governance

“The government has concerns and the fact that is does not have the trust of multiple stakeholders is a challenge for the process. “Every change implies sacrificing the interests of certain people, or things, for a certain time but it will be a benefit in the long run, resulting in a sustainable enterprise,” he said. […]

Burma Signals for Foreign Investment

NAYPYIDAW — Burma’s businesspeople are expecting foreign investments to help launch their projects after buying thousands of acres across the country to develop industrial zones and large-scale operations, according to the Myanmar Investors Development Association (MIDA). Companies presented their ventures at MIDA’s Myanmar Investment Forum 2017 in Naypyidaw on June 6-7, which attracted mostly Chinese […]

Government to Tackle Legal Timber Docs

Timber exporters are scrambling to respond to the conviction in a Swedish court of a company accused of importing Myanmar teak without sufficient proof that it was legally traded. The importer, Almatra Nordic, had been prosecuted under the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), which bans placing illegal or high risk wood on the EU market. The company had […]