Sunday, January 17th, 2016


Aung San Suu Kyi promised Tuesday to use her party’s popular mandate to drive Myanmar’s peace process as she outlined a vision of a federal future to ethnic rebels who have battled for decades.
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Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi will address ethnic armed groups Tuesday, organisers of a fresh round of peace talks said, after she outlined peace as a priority for her government when it takes power in March.
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More of Myanmar’s ethnic minority rebel groups should be brought into peace talks and the effort to end conflict should not divide groups that are involved in negotiations and those that have shunned the process, Aung San Suu Kyi said on Tuesday.
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Monitoring the ceasefire for three years will cost about $21 million USD according to the Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) made up of representatives from the government, ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) and civil society organisations (CSOs).
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The commander-in-chief of Burma’s armed forces has invited the country’s ethnic rebel fighters to join his ranks.
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As hundreds of representatives from Burma’s military, ethnic armed groups and political parties converge on Naypyidaw for today’s Union Peace Conference, an alliance of over 600 civil society groups has labelled the event a sham.
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Burma’s Lower House of Parliament on Monday deferred debate on 14 bills until the new assembly convenes in February.
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The campaign manager for Union Minister Ohn Myint, requested on January 11 that his case against a polling officer be withdrawn from the Kyauktan court. The minister previously filed a lawsuit against deputy polling officer Mya Mya Aye following his defeat in the November 8 national election.
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Residents of Kyaukphyu, in western Burma’s Arakan State, may have a long wait ahead for answers about the special economic zone being built on Maday and Ramree islands. During a meeting last week to apprise locals of progress on the development, Kyaukphyu SEZ Committee Chairman Myint Thein said major decisions would be deferred until the new government takes power and the committee at least partially reformed.
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Burma’s first public bus company, which is expected to launch routes in Rangoon late this month, has so far raised 3.8 billion kyats (US$2.9 million) in a sale of shares to fund the first phase of the transportation service, according to an official.
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The International Finance Corporation (IFC), backed by the World Bank, agreed on Monday to provide a US$25 million loan to local leading retail outlet City Mart Holding Co., Ltd. to boost expansion of retail markets across Burma.
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Kerry Logistics Network Limited, a leading logistics service provider in Asia, announced on 11 January that its subsidiary, KLN (Singapore) Pte Ltd, has been awarded a concession to operate inland ports in Yangon and Mandalay, two major commercial cities in Myanmar. The awarding ceremony organised by the state-owned Myanma Railways under the auspices of the Ministry of Rail Transportation of Myanmar was held at the Sule Shangri-la Hotel, Yangon.
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Myanmar’s rice export fetched more than 308 million U.S.dollars in the first 10 months (April-Jan.) of the fiscal year 2015-16, drop 62 million U.S. dollars from the same period last year, according to Myanmar Rice Federation Tuesday.
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Nearly 5 million people in Myanmar suffer from a form of hepatitis, health officials say. A nationwide survey conducted last year estimated that about 3.3 million people suffer from hepatitis B and a further 1.3 million live with hepatitis C.
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A network of some 150 civil society organizations (CSOs) have called for their voices to be heard in bilateral timber trade talks between Burma and China supported by Western aid agencies.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un looked Monday to milk his country’s recent nuclear test as a propaganda victory, praising his scientists and vowing more nuclear bombs a day after the United States flew a powerful nuclear-capable warplane close to the North in a show of force.
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Burmese overseas employment agencies have voiced complaint against Malaysia’s One Stop Service Centre (OSC) which increased migrant labour visa fees eightfold.
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Last year’s crackdown on the trafficking of Rohingya refugees from Burma (Myanmar), and the subsequent discovery of mass graves at human trafficking camps hidden among the jungles of Southern Thailand led to the arrest of 91 individuals who are now standing trial in Bangkok.
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Military between the Tatmadaw and the UK took another step forward yesterday with a visit by General Nicholas Houghton, chief of defence staff, who also held talks in Nay Pyi Taw with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
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The recent controversy concerning Htoo Group’s provision of free-of-charge hotel facilities at their Shwe Sann Ein Hotel for training of National League for Democracy MPs-elect provoked a debate in our Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business office about businesses contributing to political parties and government.
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