Bangladesh losing its geo-economic importance to Myanmar

The Rohingya refugee crisis has exposed Bangladesh’s diplomatic weaknesses. No permanent member of the United Nations Security Council has strongly backed Dhaka to solve the refugee problem. China rendered its support to Myanmar at the UN so that the country does not face any immediate threat such as sanction. The United States’ intention to solve […]

Will Myanmar’s government cancel Woodside Petroleum Limited’s contracts?

Woodside Petroleum Limited’s (ASX: WPL) dealings with the brutal Myanmar government appear to be getting murkier.The energy company has been touting the prospective lucrative returns it hopes to gain from its investment in Myanmar. “Woodside is one of the largest offshore petroleum acreage holders in Myanmar,” according to the company’s website “Collectively, our nine permits […]

Myanmar army moves worry China

Since the Kofi Annan Commission on Rakhine state announced its recommendations a month ago, Aung San Suu Kyi has been insisting that her government is committed to implementing them. As a part of this plan, a ministerial-level committee to monitor progress on the implementation of the commission’s recommendations has been formed. But the government has […]

International Consultant Lead Researcher – Rakhine Joint Assessment. Closing Date: 18 July 2017

Subscribe to our tender alert mailing list Country : MYANMAR Description of the assignment : Lead Researcher – Rakhine Joint Assessment Period of assignment/services : 43 Working days Duty Station : Yangon and Sittwe (with possible domestic travel in Rakhine State and to Nay Pyi Taw) Type of Contract : International Consultant (Individual Contract) Proposal […]

United Nation RFQ for Common Messenger Service for its offices in Yangon-Nay Pyi Taw. Closing Date 10 May 2017

Subscribe to our tender alert mailing list The United Nations System in Myanmar is seeking a reliable Service Provider for a common UN Messenger Service for (Yangon-Nay Pyi Taw and Nay Pyi Taw-Yangon) for its operation in Myanmar. The Service Provider is expected to be in charge of the collection and delivery of mail, including […]

Law needed to regulate Thai investors’ abuses abroad: Thai, Myanmar groups

Some 27 Thai non-government groups and the Dawei Development Association (DDA), a communal rights group in Myanmar, issued statements yesterday urging the Thai and Myanmar governments, plus Thai companies to follow the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and international rights treaties. The groups said rising investment by Thai companies in neighbouring […]

In Myanmar and Thailand, two militaries moving in opposite directions

Kevin Rafferty says as the generals in Myanmar cede power in the historic handover to civilians, Thailand’s ruling junta should remember the dangers of prolonged military rule on a nation’s economy and social fabric. Who would ever have imagined it – singing karaoke, dancing and joking. This was not some theatre vaudeville event but the […]

Myanmar is lifting its game on earthquake preparations with initiatives that seek to make new buildings ‘quake-proof’

Students of the Myanmar’s Ministry of Construction training college on the outskirts of Yangon sit patiently listening in an open humid room, their tools stacked under their chairs. At face value, the class would appear to be yet another lesson in theory for for Yangon’s future builders, a standard curriculum for a vocational college. But […]

UN to Help Myanmar Prepare for A Warming Climate

UN agencies have signed an agreement with Myanmar’s government to help the Southeast Asian nation prepare for climate change impacts, including droughts, cyclones and flash floods. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) will support Myanmar to integrate climate change considerations into policies, and to develop a national […]

Corruption the Biggest Concern for Burma Businesses: Survey

RANGOON — Corruption is the top concern for businesses in Burma, which is undergoing liberal reforms after the end of military rule, according to a UN-led survey released on Tuesday. Five decades of military rule left Burma mired in poverty and plagued by corruption, but a quasi-civilian government that took power in 2011 has enacted […]