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 […]

USDP’s Five-Year Term Sees $23b in FDI: Investment Official

RANGOON — A total of US$23 billion in foreign direct investment has been pledged over the five-year term of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) government ending in less than a month’s time, according to Aung Naing Oo of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC), a figure that may exaggerate the actual rise in money […]

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 […]

Myanmar’s online liberation

On a blazing Sunday afternoon, on the outskirts of Myanmar’s financial capital,thousands of people made their way to a football field, filling up the streets and almost bringing traffic to a standstill. Mostly wearing red shirts that they paired with longyis (traditional Myanmar attire), they eagerly waited for the arrival of the National League of […]

Former university heads push for education reform

Following the dramatic election victory for the National League for Democracy, headed by Aung San Suu Kyi, with two former university rectors elected to parliament, the prospects of education reform are high, but it is still unclear where the priorities will lie. With the National League for Democracy, or NLD, headed by Aung San Suu […]

‘Suu Kyi will play a critical role in Myanmar’

The historic election in Myanmar on November 8 is the first step to a peaceful transition of power after decades of military rule. The people of Myanmar have given an absolute majority to the Aung San Suu Kyi-led National League for Democracy (NLD). In step, the military, which continues to exercise power over the defeated […]

Parliament to Revisit Investment Laws in Final Session

Burma’s outgoing Parliament convened this week for its final session before surrendering their seats to newly elected lawmakers, aiming to make strides on investment reform. Lower House parliamentarian Khine Maung Yi told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday that this week’s agenda is set to include discussion of two new investment bills, meant to streamline and update […]

NLD wins absolute majority in parliament

Official results posted by the Union Election Commission at noon on Friday showed that with nearly 85 percent of all seats declared from the November 8 elections for the national, state and regional parliaments, the NLD had so far secured 238 seats in the Union lower house and 110 seats in the upper house. Even […]