Wednesday, October 5th, 2016


The Kachin National Organisation is calling on the United Nations to investigate what it terms ‘crimes against humanity’ in Kachin State.

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The Karen National Union (KNU) has called on a breakaway faction of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) to disband and re-join the KNU, just nine months after the renegades, led by Saw Kyaw Thet and Saw San Aung, broke away from the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army.

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A draft report outlining federal policies in nine thematic areas was released on Tuesday by the Ethnic Nationalities Affairs Center (ENAC), a group working in support of the peace process between ethnic armed organizations and the Burmese government.

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In Mandalay Division’s Meikhtila, Muslims who lost their houses in racially motivated violence in 2013 attempted in vain to return to their wards on Saturday after authorities ordered them to leave internally displaced people’s (IDP) camps.

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A final concession agreement will be signed by the end of this year with the Japanese-Singapore consortium which won a tender to construct the Hanthawaddy International Airport north of Rangoon, according to a government minister.

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Aung San Suu Kyi has made considerable political progress in the six months since she became Myanmar’s de facto leader. She has struck a more conciliatory tone with the military and secured a U.S. commitment to lift remaining sanctions. When it comes to steering the domestic economy, however, it has been slow going.

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Daw Sandar Min (NLD, Seikgyikanaungto-1) has flagged reforms to the regional Auditor-General’s Office, telling the Yangon assembly on Tuesday that the body was at present unable to address its own shortcomings.

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Launched into the sink-or-swim world of privatisation, the Inland Water Transport agency is struggling to keep its head above the waves, parliament heard on October 3. The Ministry of Transport and Communications has submitted to the Amyotha Hluttaw a bill to abolish the Inland Water Transport Organisation Law.

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The new Myanmar Investment Law will take effect in the near future to promote foreign investment, Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) announced Wednesday.

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The nascent banking industry in Myanmar is expected to undergo intense transformations, where the sector is likely to create 120,000 more jobs by 2025.

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Growth in developing East Asia and Pacific, including Myanmar, is expected to remain resilient over the next three years, according to a new World Bank report out on October 4.

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The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has granted a joint venture company the first mobile financial service license, the bank announced Wednesday.

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Local mobile payment companies are gearing up to extend their payment services overseas after the Bank of Thailand eased foreign exchange rules.

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Addressing legislation that sparked nationwide student protests last year and saw dozens of activists imprisoned, the National Network for Education Reform yesterday demanded an overhaul of the National Education Law.

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Leaders of ethnic armed groups, including those from the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), met with a US delegation at the American Embassy in Rangoon on Tuesday, according to both UNFC and embassy sources.

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Myanmar’s democratic transition and the consequent dynamics between Nay Pyi Taw and Washington have commanded strategic priority for America’s Asia policy. China’s long years of influence in Myanmar and the latter’s new overtures to diversify its relationships lend geostrategic significance to US-Myanmar ties. As the Obama years come to a close, and the White House prepares for its new president, how the US-Myanmar relationship pans out will be of interest to America’s strategic competitors and partners alike.

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