Japan to Provide Over $1 Billion in Loans to Myanmar for Development Projects

YANGON—Myanmar and Japan have signed four loan agreements worth about US$1.1 billion (120.915 billion yen, or 1.61 trillion kyats) to fund sewerage, urban development, power distribution and infrastructure improvement projects in seven regions and states in Myanmar. The four Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan agreements were signed on Tuesday between Japanese Ambassador Maruyama Ichiro and […]

Water a worry for Myanmar’s farmers

Myanmar’s rice growers are increasingly concerned about the amount of water in the country available for the irrigation of their crops, industry insiders say. And their worries are not exactly without foundation. U Myo Tint Tun, assistant secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation recently said: “A reduction in water available for crop […]

Kevin Fitzsimmons: Myanmar’s aquaculture potential on par with Thailand

The Government of Myanmar has targeted Aquaculture as a solution to widespread malnutrition and rural poverty in the Southeast Asian nation. With its 2,000 kilometers of coastline, Myanmar has the potential to reach the production levels of its neighbor, Thailand, as a seafood Producer, according to Kevin Fitzsimmons, a professor in the Department of Soil, […]

Ministry urges farmers to save water

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation has urged farmers to use water more efficiently as there is less water behind the country’s more than 300 reservoirs and dams despite the current rainy season. The monsoon, which started in late May, is due to end later this month. As of Sunday, Thaphan Seik Dam, the […]

Broad coalition to ramp up food safety in Myanmar

Myanmar’s food safety advocacy groups plan to bring around 400 stakeholders from the food industry together to discuss food safety issues and challenges in the country. Myanmar Innovative Life Sciences (MILS), Myanmar Consumers Union and Food Science and Technology Association (FoSTA Myanmar) told the media at a press conference on Wednesday that they will organize […]

Keen investor interest in privatisation of Yangon water system

Investors are showing keen interest in managing and distributing water in Yangon, with a total of 32 local and foreign companies having submitted expressions of interest (EOI) for the job since August 28, when the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) first announced its privatisation plans. The private sector has until October 28 to submit EOIs, […]

Efforts to curb illegal bottling of water

The government will take action against people and businesses bottling water improperly for sales to the public in Yangon, says U Ye Htut Oo, chair of the Myanmar Drinking Water Entrepreneurs Association. It is difficult to control the prices of bottled across townships in Yangon, as the city’s area is wide and illegally bottled water […]

On track to meet Yangon’s growing water needs

With the hot season not far away, water shortages are set to become a problem again in many parts of Yangon. According to U Myint Zaw Than, Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) deputy head of the Engineering Department for Water and Sanitation, the YCDC supplies water from four sources via a network of pipes. For […]

‘Creating triple wins’: inclusive business in Myanmar

They can create new income opportunities for the poor by engaging them in the value chains of profitable businesses while paying better than market rates. They can also provide goods and services to the poor that address key needs in areas such as health, education, housing, finance, water and sanitation. Inclusive businesses are typically profitable […]

German firms eye Myanmar’s water sector

German companies will be travelling to Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay to explore Myanmar’s market focusing on water and wastewater infrastructure and a conference on the topic is hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the German Water Partnership (GWP), in collaboration with the German Embassy in Yangon. […]