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Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev on Friday proposed increasing trade with Myanmar to $500 million a year by 2017 after he signed an agreement with his Myanmar counterpart to set up a bilateral trade and economic commission, RIA Novosti reported.
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An audit conducted for clothing retailer Gap Inc. identified issues with working conditions, health and safety at two factories in Burma that are now producing garments for the United States-based company.
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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tzachi Hanegbi, is due to arrive in Myanmar Wednesday, making Israel’s first official visit to the Southeast Asian country in 35 years.
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Britain’s newly appointed international development minister said on Monday that the United Kingdom will increase its development aid to Burma by more than a third in the next fiscal year.
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People-centred process brings better living standards in 500 villages
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There must have been a sigh of relief as Ooredoo, a Qatar-based telecoms company, finally started offering SIM cards to the people of Myanmar, who previously had to pay hundreds of dollars for somewhat dysfunctional service. Telenor, another foreign telecoms license winner, has meanwhile vowed to provide network coverage for 90 per cent of Myanmar’s population within five years. Myanmar has never had it so good.
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Japan’s top three banks are racing to open branches in Myanmar as investments in the country by Japanese companies are increasing on the back of its booming economy.
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Thura Shwe Mann, speaker of Parliament’s Lower House, will visit the United States of America, following an invitation made over the weekend by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
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A United States delegation that included Secretary of State John Kerry did not breach sanctions when it stayed at a Nay Pyi Taw hotel owned by blacklisted tycoon U Zaw Zaw, said a statement released by the US embassy in Yangon.
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The Myanmar Police Force hopes to extend the training programme it has conducted in partnership with the European Union since September 2013.
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On July 29, an academic symposium “Myanmar in 2014: Re-integrating into the International Community” started in Kunming, Yunnan and was jointly organized by Center for Myanmar Studies of Yunnan University, Charhar Institute, Faculty of Social Sciences of HongKong University and the Department of International Relations of Yangon University. Prominent  scholars of Myanmar from Myanmar, mainland China, U.S., France and Hong Kong gathered together for exchanges and discussion. Joint Chair of the International Advisory Committee, Lv Fengding and Secretary General of the Charhar Institute, Ke Yinbin attended the opening ceremony.
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The U.S. says Secretary of State John Kerry did not break any rules when he stayed in a glitzy hotel owned by a tycoon blacklisted because of ties to Myanmar’s former military regime.
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A Rohingya activist, a Mon activist and a women’s rights advocacy group were the recipients of awards from N-Peace Network, an international advocacy group that supports women’s leadership in conflict resolution.
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A coalition of Shan community-based-organizations has urged the United States to pressure Burma government to stop its military offensives in Shan State.
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The United States Treasury Department granted a special one year licence beginning in late July for certain US companies to trade with Myanma Timber Enterprise and other members of the timber industry currently under sanction by the United States.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Myanmar needed to press ahead with democratic overhauls but stressed support of its government and rejected calls for a harsher stance toward the country.
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The opening of Canada’s first embassy in Myanmar showed its commitment to closer bilateral relations, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said in Yangon on August 8.
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New Zealand’s prime minister says his country will continue to accept Burmese refugees, including those currently living in camps along the Thai-Burma border, despite political reforms in Burma since 2011.
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The U.S. Government supports efforts to set a high standard for responsible business conduct in Burma and believes that this will have long-lasting positive impacts for both U.S. business and the Burmese people. Through the U.S. Responsible Investment Reporting Requirements, U.S. companies making significant investments in Burma must be fully transparent about payments made to the government and about how they respect human rights in their business operations. U.S. Companies have committed a total of approximately $612 million in foreign investment in Burma since July 2012.
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The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
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