Interviews


Kyaw Zwa Moe: Welcome to Dateline Irrawaddy! This week, we’ll discuss the State Counselor Bill, which the National League for Democracy (NLD) submitted to Parliament last week, as well as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s guidelines for civil servants accepting gifts. Lawyer U Ko Ni and former Lower House lawmaker U Ye Htun, from Hsipaw Township, will join me for the discussion. I’m Irrawaddy English editor Kyaw Zwa Moe.
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Some say that the economic policies of the National League for Democracy (NLD) are too general and have imperfections. What do you think? Will these policies improve economic growth?
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Sai Thiha Kyaw is a two-term lawmaker in the lower house of Burma’s parliament representing Mongyai Township in northern Shan State.
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After quizzing the ambassadors of the European Union, India, Japan, and the United Kingdom on the transition last week, The Myanmar Times speaks to the ambassadors for China and Singapore to get their views on U Htin Kyaw’s government and the challenges it will face.
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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) launched its Asian Outlook 2016 report last week, which called for the economy to grow around 8.4 percent this fiscal year. The report is an assessment and prediction on Myanmar’ 2016 economy and the challenges it faces. Overall, it predicts economic growth will recover and inflation will moderate in the 2016 fiscal year.
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The Myanmar Times asked several ambassadors for their views on the challenges and priorities that lie ahead for the new government, and what investment opportunities they see.
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As one of the co-founders of the National League for Democracy (NLD), Tin Oo is a veteran of Burma’s long struggle to end nearly half a century of military rule. A former military man himself, he was the armed forces commander-in-chief until he was purged in 1976 and imprisoned for allegedly withholding information about a coup plot against dictator Ne Win.
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After his appointment to the role of Arakan State Chief Minister by the National League for Democracy (NLD), party member and Lower House MP Nyi Pu spoke to The Irrawaddy’s Moe Myint on Tuesday about the local opposition to his selection for the post, the state level cabinet and terminology regarding the state’s Muslim minority.
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Lei Lei Maw, a sitting lawmaker in the regional legislature for Tenasserim Division, was appointed chief minister of the division on Monday, becoming one of Burma’s first females to hold the position.
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Bertil Lintner, a Swedish-born journalist and author, has written many articles and several books on Burma over the course of his career. He is a former correspondent with the Far Eastern Economic Review and currently contributes to various news outlets, including The Irrawaddy. In this interview with The Irrawaddy’s founding editor Aung Zaw, Lintner discusses what an Aung San Suu Kyi-led government might mean for Burma and the prospects for peace regarding the country’s engagement with foreign donors and peacemakers.
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In recent months, Pat Jasan, an ethnic Kachin public movement, has made headlines with its vigilante-style march on opium-producing poppy plantations, which its volunteers cut down in an effort to curb rising drug abuse in northern Myanmar’s Kachin State.
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Nan Khin Htwe Myint, the chairperson for the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Karen State, was today confirmed as the chief minister of her state, along with 12 other senior members of her party. She spoke to DVB’s Naw Noreen shortly after the announcement in parliament that she had been made one of only two female chief ministers in the country’s history.
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Plenty of Burmese Buddhists are extremely prejudiced against Muslims. But is Aung San Suu Kyi?
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In a wide-ranging interview with Mizzima Editor-in-Chief Soe Myint, Bangladesh Ambassador Mr Mohammad Sufiur Rahman talked about Bangladesh-Myanmar relations, the countries commonalities, and his hopes for relations under the new Myanmar government.
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Burma’s first freely elected cabinet in more than half a century will focus on income equality, rural development and boosting budget revenue, the finance minister-elect said in his first interview since being picked for the job.
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Kyaw Win, slated to be Burma’s next Planning and Finance Minister, was born in Labutta Township in Irrawaddy Division and graduated with a degree in economics before embarking on a 20-year career with the National Planning Ministry in 1972. He then transferred to the Internal Revenue Department, where he remained for over six years before resigning to embark on work as a business consultant. He also served as a senior lecturer at the Myanmar Computer Company, Ltd. Kyaw Win spoke with The Irrawaddy about his new role, his political affiliations, and his expectations as a government minister.
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Dr. Zaw Myint Maung was recently designated the sole member of the National League for Democracy (NLD)—other than its chairwoman Aung San Suu Kyi—authorized to speak officially on the party’s behalf. A lawmaker in the Mandalay Division legislature, Zaw Myint Maung joined the party shortly after its tumultuous formation amid nationwide pro-democracy protests in 1988, and was elected in a general election two years later in an NLD landslide that the ruling junta of the time ignored.
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Efforts are being made to help US companies interested in investing in Myanmar to understand the ongoing challenges in terms of human rights in the country.
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Kyaw Zwa Moe: Welcome to Dateline Irrawaddy. Tuesday morning the first civilian president [in over 50 years] was elected in Myanmar. His name is U Htin Kyaw. Over the past 54 years, the generals and ex-generals of the military have dominated the country. This moment marks a historic moment for Myanmar. So we’ll discuss the challenges facing U Htin Kyaw’s government in the new political landscape. Chairman of the Democratic Party for a New Society U Aung Moe Zaw and political commentator Ko Yan Myo Thein will join me for the discussion. I am Irrawaddy English editor Kyaw Zwa Moe.
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The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) has been fighting for democracy and the rights of the Shan people for nearly 30 years. In the 1990 elections, it won the second largest number of seats after the National League for Democracy (NLD) but was unable to serve in parliament because the then ruling junta refused to recognise the poll results.
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