Businesses positive of reform, policy change in post-election Myanmar

Myanmar’s incoming government was urged to consult and work more closely with the private sector and scale up COVID-19 support for small businesses, corporate figures said at a forum on January 12. Speakers at the virtual panel discussion “Myanmar in 2021: Navigating Reform, Recovery and RCEP” organised by the Myanmar-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce and […]

Yangon given less than 24 hours to “lockdown”, businesses to work from home

The Ministry of Health and Sports on September 20 instructed the whole of Yangon Region, excluding Cocokyun township, to stay at home after more than 2500 COVID-19 cases were reported in the region in the past 36 days. The announcement 107/2020 signed by the health minister Dr Myint Htwe states that with the increase in […]

More Myanmar workers suffer abuse in Thailand, group says

Thai companies are abusing the rights of more Myanmar workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a migrant aid group in the neighbouring country. Ko Ye Min, spokesperson for the Aid Alliance Committee for Myanmar Workers, said the abuses ranged from unpaid wages to forced evictions. “More and more, the rights of Myanmar workers in […]

Brussels withdraws Cambodia’s market privileges over rights violations

The European Commission has decided to withdraw part of the tariff preferences granted to Cambodia under the European Union’s Everything But Arms’ (EBA) trade scheme due to the serious and systematic violations of the human rights principles enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The withdrawal of tariff preferences and their replacement […]

Govt to resume sending maids to Singapore, three other areas

The Labour Ministry has lifted the ban on domestic help travelling to work in Singapore and three other places, an employment agency association said on Thursday. U Peter Nyunt Maung, president of the Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation, said the employment of Myanmar maids in Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and Macau would be strictly regulated. […]

Gold mine officials accused of making false claim

The Myanmar Anti-Corruption Commission has charged three directors of gold mine concessionaire National Prosperity Co (NPC) with submitting a false claim accusing civil servants of corruption. NPC managing director U Tun Aung Soe submitted the complaint to the commission requesting an investigation of the alleged illegal extraction of gold and other minerals by civil servants […]

Hluttaw passes amendments to consumer law

The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Assembly of the Union) approved amendments to the Consumer Protection Law at its session on Tuesday. The bill passed by 410 votes for and 156 against. There was some debate among MPs over a provision in the bill requiring the labelling of goods in the Myanmar language that would take effect a […]

Business confidence in Myanmar sinks as scepticism mounts

More European businesses say they have lost confidence in Myanmar due to concerns about the National League for Democracy-led government’s management of the economy compared to the last two years, a new survey shows. According to the latest survey from the European Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar (EuroCham) published yesterday, a majority of firms (81 […]

Japan wakes up to exploitation of foreign workers as immigration debate rages

Twenty-seven-year-old War Nu left her village in central Myanmar at the end of last year bound for Japan. She had borrowed nearly $3,000 to pay an agent for a job in the garments industry here, lured not only by the offer of much higher wages but also by the chance to learn new skills in […]

Asean awaits – nervously – a new Myanmar

After a successful election early last month, which handed down a landslide victory to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League of Democracy, there is a growing sense of anxiety within Asean about what kind of a new Myanmar is emerging. Asean leaders understand too well the grouping’s most famous nemesis, Suu Kyi, is going […]