Industry, govt hit back at garment factory report

DURING a news conference held by garment businesses on October 4, the Yangon regional government asked ActionAid Myanmar to revise its report about safety standards for women working in garment factories, calling the report inaccurate. In response to ActionAid’s report, an inspection tour of the factories mentioned in the report was made by Yangon Region […]

Govt urged to establish Belt and Road taskforce

From tackling illegal border trade to constructing Kyaukphyu SEZ, the to-do list for Belt and Road in Myanmar is very long. THE Myanmar government is urged to take a proactive role and form a taskforce to carve out its involvement in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). An adviser to the National League for Democracy-led […]

NLD Lawmaker Claims Foreign Workers are Flouting Visa Regulations, Harming Local Interests

RANGOON — National League for Democracy (NLD) divisional lawmaker U Than Naing Oo called on the Rangoon Division government to investigate the legal status of foreign workers in the city, who he believed were flouting visa regulations and harming local interests. In the Rangoon Division parliament on Thursday, U Than Naing Oo, who represents Pabedan […]

More than 61 billion kyats collected from foreigners as tax in 2015-2016 FY

Yangon Region Government collected taxes amounting to more than 61 billion kyats from foreigners employed in worksites in the region in the 2015-16 fiscal year. U Zaw Aye Maung, Yangon Region Minister for Rakhine Ethnic Affairs, disclosed the collected tax in his reply to the question raised by U Aung Myo, of constituency 1, Sanchaung […]

Yangon government to clamp down on renting apartments to foreign tourists

Yangon landlords will face penalties if they rent rooms or apartments to foreigners holding a tourist visa, U Zaw Aye Maung, the military-appointed region minister for immigration, told The Myanmar Times. By-laws written for Myanmar’s 1947 Immigration Act stipulate that foreign visitors on a tourist visa must stay in hotels, he said. Only permanent residents and […]

South Korea urged government to end labour protests

When Yangon labourers from five foreign-owned factories reeled out the picket lines and demanded a meagre pay boost at the end of January, their calls were initially dismissed. Two weeks later, however, the government shifted into overdrive to quell the demonstrations at the behest of the South Korean embassy, The Myanmar Times has learned. After […]