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Two years after the government passed a law to set a minimum wage, it still has not come into existence.

The issue has been a source of tension particularly in the garment industry, with a number of strikes so far this year revolving around issues of wages and overtime. Yet experts say it has been a difficult process to put a minimum wage into place, with the topic more complex than it first appears. “We […]

Minister U Soe Thane urges the long-term view

The economic improvements to the country since the 2011 transition to civilian government are obvious, but reforms must be continued by subsequent governments, according to Coordinating Minister for Economic Development and Minister for the President’s Office U Soe Thane. Although the current course struck by the government has generated improvements in certain areas, progress has […]

Myanmar investment outreach forum to be organized in New York

YANGON, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) — A first ever Myanmar investment outreach forum, involving Myanmar senior government officials and many Myanmar and foreign leading businessmen, will take place in New York on Sept. 24, aimed at promoting international investment in the Southeast Asian country, the forum organizer told a press conference here Sunday. Under the title […]

OBG Report Charts Myanmar’s Development as FDI Rockets

UK-based publishing, research and consultancy firm Oxford Business Group (OBG) published its first country report on Myanmar which sheds light on the country’s new investment law, wide-ranging reforms and emerging economic sectors, the firm announced. With most Western sanctions now lifted and a new mining law in the pipeline, “The Report: Myanmar 2014” charts the […]

In Myanmar, Flirtations by Investors Turn Into Commitments

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar — Foreign executives who flew into this dirt-poor country over the past year to tap into what is described as Asia’s last major frontier market often came away skeptical, befuddled or outright disappointed. “Look, listen, learn — and leave” was the catch phrase that described trips here by executives who saw first-hand the […]