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Focus on transport to push development in Chin State: VP U Henry Van Thio

Vice President U Henry Van Thio, who is currently in Chin State to inspect development projects, met with local people in Suarkhua which was recently upgraded from a village to a town. On the way to Suarkhua, the Vice President inspected work on the expansion of the Matupi-Haka Road. At the meeting with local people […]

Disaster-prone Myanmar presses alert button as monsoon looms

Vice President U Henry Van Thio is a possessed man, running here and there, to check on the preparations of local governments in response to the perennial threats of the monsoon, which is just around the corner. The vice president, who is also chairman of the National Natural Disaster Management Committee, assured that he will […]

Casinos may be allowed to operate after gambling law amendment

Casinos will be allowed to operate in Myanmar after amendments are made to the Gambling Law by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), is enacted, said U Aung Naing Oo, director general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) this week. This comes after five regional and state chief ministers from Mandalay, Tanintharyi, […]

Japan eyes Hantharwaddy airport construction project

The government is in negotiations with Japan for financing the construction of Hanthawaddy International Airport in Bago Region, after the original negotiations with a Singapore-led consortium fell apart in January, Transport Minister U Thant Sin Maung said on Tuesday. “This project is not halted,” he said, noting that Japan is very interested in the project. […]

JFE Meranti Myanmar to build $85M steel plant in Thilawa

Japanese steel maker JFE Meranti Myanmar held its ground-breaking ceremony at Zone B of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) to much fanfare last Friday. It is the first to commence operations at Zone B. “This ceremony is a symbol of the development in Myanmar-Japan bilateral cooperation and friendship,” Vice President U Henry Van Thio […]

Agricultural sector contributes to 30 pc of GDP

The socio-economic status of most farmers remains low even though the agricultural sector accounts for about 30 per cent of the GDP, President U Htin Kyaw said in his message to the ceremony to mark the Peasants’ Day which falls on March 2. Around 70 per cent of the country’s total population is living in […]

Construction of Dawei SEZ back on the cards

The government is exploring ways to restart development of the suspended Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ), saying the SEZ will benefit Myanmar as well as the region. The Dawei SEZ includes construction of the highway as well as a deep-sea port which will link Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in the ASEAN region to India, the […]

Dawei SEZ to be Put on Track

The government will seek ways to put the once-suspended Dawei Special Economic Zone back on track as it is considered to benefit not only Myanmar but also the south-east Asia region. “To implement the project, ways must be sought to hold talks between Myanmar, Thailand and Japan” said Vice President U Henry Van Thio. The […]

Peace process is the way forward

The government will not back down from the peace process despite the hardships it faces getting all ethnic armed groups to the negotiating table, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said Sunday at the second anniversary of the signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA). “It is the second anniversary of the signing. There […]

Protection and Promotion of The Interests of Farmers

In past eras, most politicians have characterised farmers as those to whom the whole country owes gratitude. This is because they are the providers of food for the entire country. They truly deserve our gratitude. But in more recent times, they have become victims of land confiscation, price speculation, the state monopoly of the grain […]