Interviews


Daw Yin Myo Suu was born and raised in Nyaung Shwe, on the edge of Inle Lake. She is managing director of Inle Princess Resort and founder of the Inthar Heritage House, both of which promote the customs and traditions of the Inthar people, who live on and around the lake. She spoke to Frontier about her approach to business and what can be done to help save one of the country’s most iconic natural sites.

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During a press conference at the US Embassy today in Yangon, US Ambassador Mr Scot Marcel discussed the intentions behind Washington’s decision announced this week to ease US sanctions on Myanmar.

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In an interview with Mizzima, Ms Verity Lomax, CEO of the Australian-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce, discusses Australian company interest in Myanmar, responsible investment, and women in business.

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Some 400 nationalists gathered in Mandalay on Friday to demand that the government officially denounce, within three days, the US Embassy’s use of the term “Rohingya.”
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The Kokang minority of northern Shan State are ethnically Chinese but citizens of Burma who, like many other minorities, have long suffered from instability, conflict and illicit drug trade in the region.
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Last month Tint San, the former CEO of the now defunct Unity Journal, was among hundreds of prisoners released under a presidential pardon. He and four editors and reporters from his publication had been sentenced to 10 years in prison with hard labour for reporting in 2014 on an alleged chemical-weapons factory operated by Burma’s armed forces, the Tatmadaw. He recently spoke with DVB about his views on media relations with the current government and how journalists should approach reporting on military matters.
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Arakan National Party lower house MP Pe Than sat down to talk to DVB about what we can expect to be discussed in the next sitting of parliament. Pe Than has been in parliament for two consecutive terms.

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Nay Phone Latt is a well-known freedom of speech advocate, blogger and former political prisoner, who joined the National League for Democracy (NLD) ahead of last year’s election.
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Nay Phone Latt is a well-known freedom of speech advocate, blogger and former political prisoner, who joined the National League for Democracy (NLD) ahead of last year’s election.

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Yangon’s new chief minister U Phyo Min Thein has vowed to scrub the city of corruption and install a graft-free administration. The appointment of the former Pyithu Hluttaw MP from the National League for Democracy was protested by rivals who accused him of election fraud.
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On the evening of March 24, Princess Hteik Su Phaya Gyi, granddaughter of King Thibaw, the last King of Burma, addressed the Yangon Rotary Club. The last time the princess, 92, had addressed the club she was 16 and she spoke about recent student protests that had left one student dead. Among her audience was Reginald Dorman-Smith, the Governor of Burma.
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Former general and deputy minister for Home Affairs, U Maung Maung Ohn, was appointed Chief Minister of Rakhine State in 2014, replacing U Hla Maung. Although the Arakan National Party won a majority of seats in the Rakhine assembly last November, the National League for Democracy appointed as chief minister, the chair of its state branch, U Nyi Pu, an ethnic Rakhine.
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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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