Provocative Facebook posts may be banned ahead of Myanmar elections

YANGON: The Myanmar government will join hands with Facebook to remove any posts that may incite violence during the upcoming election campaign period. The country is set to go to the polls on Nov 8. Due to an increase in Facebook and mobile phone users across the country, authorities said they are concerned some netizens […]

Swedish retailer express concern over wage implementation

Swedish clothing retailer H&M has expressed concern about delays to implement a minimum wage in Myanmar according to a statement from the company on 20 July. The company says in the statement that it,‘welcomes the efforts of the Myanmar Government to enact the Minimum Wage Law; however, we are concerned that it has not been […]

Brand USA’s Opportunity in Myanmar

This week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker is leading a delegation of American CEOs to Myanmar – a country whose opening remains filled with peril and promise. Escalating violence against Myanmar’s Muslims has caused more than a thousand deaths; the destruction of more than ten thousand homes, mosques, and schools; and the displacement of […]

Lessons from Asia’s reversal of fortunes

The short flight from Bangkok to Yangon on Sunday took the usual 55 minutes and transported passengers from Thailand’s thriving metropolis to the more surreal world of Myanmar’s former capital. But this time, the “tale of two cities” – one just emerging from the shadows, the other on a rapid development track – had reversed, […]

In Myanmar, Newly Free Media Struggle to Turn a Profit

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar’s journalists celebrated this year when the government lifted a five-decade ban on private newspapers. But six months after a dozen dailies rushed into production, journalists who had withstood the wrath and cruelty of a military dictatorship are struggling against something much more mundane: market forces. Despite expectations of pent-up demand, publishers […]

Clashes occurred in Rakhine State cause decline in tourism industry

The communal violence that broke out in Rakhine State last year has taken its toll on the tourism industry as operators and businesses complained about their losses. “We can say that all of the tourism industry was affected because of the riots that erupted last year. Businesses relating to the use of motor boats prepared […]

Aung San Suu Kyi for president in 2015?

Aung San Suu Kyi said firmly at the World Economic Forum that she wants to be president of Myanmar and pushed back on the recent criticism over her muted stand on religious tensions A year ago, democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi made her first trip outside Myanmar after about two decades of house arrest, […]