Political make-up a bottleneck for Shan economy

The political make-up of the state’s executive and legislature results in a lot of time and energy spent on negotiations instead of implementing sweeping economic reforms in Shan, according to a local chamber of commerce. The state needs political stability and it needs to generate value-added agricultural products in order to grow its economy. Shan […]

K30b Request to Boost Yangon Power Approved

​​ A request of K30 billion from the special reserved fund, granted by Budget Law of the Union 2016, to be spent for supplying the electricity power shortage in Yangon Region during the summer season was approved by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on March 17 amidst complaints by some MPs about poor electricity conditions in their […]

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 […]

Government Plans Monthly Meetings to Respond to Business Leaders

​​ RANGOON — Government leaders are planning to meet monthly with the local business community to listen to current problems and find solutions, Vice President U Myint Swe and National Planning and Finance Minister U Kyaw Win pledged last week. The first monthly meeting received a positive response. The vice president and finance minister met […]

Tea Touted as Solution to Budgetary Woes

​​ As the government has found itself without enough cash to complete development projects scheduled in the current fiscal year, one cabinet member has aired an unusual proposal for financing the shortfall: tea money. Speaking in parliament yesterday, the minister for agriculture, livestock and irrigation said that if the public truly wants all its roads […]

Foreign Investment Falls More Than 50pc Compared to Last Year

Foreign investment into Myanmar has fallen by more than 50% to $1.4 billion in the six months to the end of September, according to the Myanmar Investment Commission, which nonetheless remains optimistic about the rest of this fiscal year. In the first half of the 2015-2016 fiscal year overseas investors pledged $3 billion, but that […]

USDP MP Urges Increase in Private Security Sector Training

In its first proposal to the Yangon Region Hluttaw, the Union Solidarity and Development Party called on the government to bolster the private security sector with better oversight and regulations. The proposal, submitted by MP U Tin Win (USDP; Cocokyun), the former regional minister for security and border affairs, asked the government to enact a […]

Old mindsets could impede Myanmar’s progress

Like most residents of Yangon, Hlaing Tint, a 37-year-old assistant lecturer, rides the bus daily. In this old capital of Myanmar, on the cusp of a new era, buses are usually crowded during rush hours, more so around the bus door. Yangonites love to stay close to the door for an easy exit, even though […]

Who’s who: Myanmar’s new cabinet

Take a look inside the National League for Democracy’s new proposed government with insider profiles of the party’s 18 candidates for ministerial posts: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (foreign affairs; president’s office; education; energy and electric power) The National League for Democracy leader needs little introduction. Has vowed to rule “above the president”, and with […]

Thailand should look hard at the changes in Myanmar

THE THAI government needs to pay more attention to political developments in Myanmar and its capital Nay Pyi Taw. It doesn’t matter whether|Aung San Suu Kyi is able to assume the presidency First and foremost: the nature of the new administration in Nay Pyi Taw is totally different from the outgoing one and notably from […]