China-Myanmar oil, gas project benefits both

The China-Myanmar crude oil and gas pipeline, a pioneer project of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, has brought tangible benefits to both sides, and won broad support. The pipeline project consists of a crude oil pipeline and a natural gas pipeline, which run from the port of Kyaukpyu on Myanmar’s west coast to Ruili […]

Myanmar Labor Minister Commits to Working Toward Elimination of Child Labor

Half of Myanmar’s child laborers work in dangerous conditions for low minimum wages as the Southeast Asian country strives to eliminate the ubiquitous practice of employing young people, the country’s labor minister said Monday. “Half of Myanmar’s child laborers are working in dangerous conditions, but we can’t ask them to stop immediately,” Thein Swe, the […]

Can Myanmar’s garment industry deliver decent jobs?

Myanmar was ruled by a military junta for 50 years. After such a long period of economic isolation, foreign investment is now booming as economic sanctions have been lifted following Myanmar’s first steps towards democracy. The export-oriented garment industry is benefiting from these new opportunities and is expanding at a rapid rate. Lured by low […]

B4.5bn Dawei development loan okayed

Plans for the Dawei special economic zone have inched ahead after the Myanmar government agreed to borrow 4.5 billion baht from Thailand to finance the construction of a 132-kilometre road from Dawei’s proposed deep-sea port to Ban Phu Nam Ron in Kanchanaburi. Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, who led a Thai delegation to meet Myanmar officials […]

Yangon water supplies to outlast hot season, says YCDC

Yangon has nothing to fear from El Niño, city officials say, despite warnings that the weather phenomenon will bring drought to many parts of the country. Thanks to advance planning, the reservoirs that supply the city’s drinking water are 15 centimetres (6 inches) higher than they were this time last year, they say. U Myo […]

Inland Water Cargo Shipping Unpopular

Eighty percent of freights to international destinations are carried via sea routes, 10 percent by air and 10 percent by road, estimated Myanmar International Freight Forwarders’ Association (MIFFA). However, local freight transporting primarily depends on road transportation, said U Ye Win Tun, manager of Inland Water Transport (IWT). “Although inland water transportation is cheap, it […]

Ministry push to improve waterway logistics

The Ministry of Transport will focus on constructing new ports and renovating docks and jetties, as well as developing the Thilawa port region, using a combination of Japanese loans and government funds, said U Thet Tun, deputy permanent secretary for the Ministry of Transport. The ministry will also collaborate with local and foreign private companies […]

Norconsult sets sights on global market

It is a challenging time for the global environmental consulting and wider support services sector. However, the Nordic region appears to be bucking this trend somewhat and certainly seems to have avoided the doldrums suffered elsewhere in Western Europe over the last few years. Identified by the Swedish Federation of Consulting Engineers and Architects in […]

IWT Eyes Reform to Launch Commercial Services

The Myanmar Inland Water Transport (IWT) authorities have called for carrying out reform of its business services by going for joint venture operations with the private sector, according to the Ministry of Transport. Complaining that it has been operating its transportation services at loss, IWT under the ministry said it is facing challenges for transforming […]

No Water Supplies above 12th Floor: YCDC

Yangon City Development Committee announced that it would not provide water supplies to proposed construction projects of buildings with 12 or more storeys. As the constant increase of high-rise apartment buildings in Yangon puts more pressure on the public water utility, the new developers of taller buildings must prepare for this strained water supply, YCDC […]