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USDP seeking to make comeback in 2020 elections

Leaders of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), which lost seats in the 2015 general election, say they are overhauling the party to regain their standing in 2020. The USDP was defeated by the National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and has been serving as the opposition and […]

Miner urges government to resume gold permit

In the Moehti Moemi mining district in Yamethin, Mandalay, out of the 600 viss of gold extracted by local share-partner companies, more than 500 viss were used to cover the operational cost, U Tun Aung Soe, executive director of National Prosperity Company (NPC) told The Myanmar Times. Local businesses partnered up with the NPC, which […]

President U Win Myint uses carrot-and-stick with civil servants

Newly elected President U Win Myint has vowed to take care of the welfare of the country’s hundreds of thousands of civil servants but urged them to help the government in delivering efficient service to the public and help in the fight against corruption in the bureaucracy. “Our government will be prioritising so that government […]

Government revokes miner’s permit on failure to pay gold debts

The gold mining permit of National Prosperity Company (NPC), which operates in Moehti Moemi mining district in Yamethin, Mandalay, has been revoked after the miner failed to pay a sum in gold owed to the government, U Thein Soe, deputy permanent secretary from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation said. NPC entered into […]

What the US can learn from Myanmar about infrastructure investment

America’s infrastructure is headed down a bumpy road, and unless the country takes drastic action to fix its ailing transport, water, and other infrastructure systems, it might well wind up with the types of struggles I’ve witnessed recently in Myanmar. I am here in Myanmar teaching an international business class for our MBA students as […]

Myanmar’s former ruling party expels members seen as close to Aung San Suu Kyi

NAYPYIDAW (BLOOMBERG) – Myanmar’s military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has expelled 17 members seen as co- operating with Ms Aung San Suu Kyi, said former ruling party lawmaker Khin Shwe, who was among those kicked out. All those expelled were close to Mr Shwe Mann, the former speaker of Parliament, who was removed […]

Aiding a Few Good Men (and Women) in the New Myanmar

Anyone who has ever worked with Congress knows how essential it is for an elected official to have a competent and capable staff. Politicians may be the ones who get the credit, but it is often the staff that handle the bulk of the research and preparation necessary for members to perform their duties as […]

Report Calls for Logging Moratorium, End to State-Run MTE

RANGOON — International and Burmese environmental organizations this week said Burma’s forest reserves are largely exhausted, calling for a moratorium on commercial logging and the dismantling or privatization of the state-owned Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE). Those finding came in an analysis released on Wednesday in a report titled “Legally and Illegally Logged Out,” an EU-funded […]

NLD leader’s next challenge: the bureaucracy

Staff in the four ministries soon to come under Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s management have welcomed her appointment, telling The Myanmar Times they hope she can accelerate administrative reforms in the civil service. But analysts and insiders have cautioned that she will face myriad challenges in cleaning up the bureaucracy and upholding promises of […]

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi lauds choice of ethnic and army-backed parliamentary speakers

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi pushed the message of national reconciliation on Wednesday, lauding the choice of representatives from ethnic minorities and the army-backed party as parliamentary speakers in a chamber dominated by her allies. NAYPYITAW: Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi pushed the message of national reconciliation on Wednesday, lauding the choice of representatives from […]