U Sett Aung, the vice chairman of the Central Bank of Myanmar told a press conference held in Yangon on September 14 that foreign banks would be given permission to operate Myanmar at some point in late September or early October. (more…)

According to reports by the Irrawaddy magazine, the Myanmar Minister of Energy recently claimed that Myanmar is hoping to become the country with most solar power usage in the world. (more…)

The Myanmar Karen Peace Organization hosted a press conference in Yangon on the 9th, warning Japan against casually developing economic projects in southeast Myanmar. (more…)

Dr Than Sein, head of the Public Health Foundation, which helped organise the seminar, said Myanmar urgently needed a national action plan to tackle what he described as a growing culture of excessive drinking, particularly among young people. (more…)

The effort to implement a citizenship screening process in Rakhine State has been temporarily suspended because members of the Kaman ethnic minority in Sittwe district’s Myebon Township are refusing to participate in it, officials said. (more…)

As part of ensuring development of the country’s southeast, plans are under way to draft long-term projects for all-round development of states and to provide assistance to IDPs, according to Sein Kyaw Hlaing, an adviser from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) project team for multi-sector development in Kayin and Mon states.  (more…)

Eighty per cent of human trafficking cases in Myanmar are linked to China, Union Home Affairs Minister Lt-Gen Ko Ko said on Saturday. (more…)

Recently, The Irrawaddy disclosed information that the government wanted to keep hidden from the public, and as a result we are now on the “blacklist” of Rangoon Division’s chief minister.

That’s what one lower-level minister in the divisional government and a lawmaker in the divisional legislature voluntarily told The Irrawaddy, though they requested anonymity. (more…)

A lack of clarity in Burma’s recently amended Law on Peaceful Assembly is sowing confusion among activists and advocates, as the country’s courts continue to charge people for demonstrating without permission.
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Twenty-eight farmers near Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Division, are facing eviction after years of property battles, villagers say.
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A coalition of Shan community based organizations has said a moratorium on resource extraction is urgently needed until there is nationwide peace and a discussion on the control and management of the country’s natural resources, much of which are in ethnic areas.
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More than 30 ethnic Karen community based organizations, including environmental watchdogs and civil society organizations, have criticized a blueprint for economic development in Southeast Burma published by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), an aid agency that operates under the Japanese government.
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Karenni National Peace and Development Party (KNPDP), also known as Kayawni group, returned its grabbing-land to local inhabitants on12 August, 2014, Pado-Ngan village-head Par Tri-romin told Kantarawaddy Times.
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Myanmar parliamentary speaker Shwe Mann on Thursday stressed the urgency of considering constitutional amendments as the country’s legislature began a new session, calling on lawmakers to work together to further democratic reform in the nation.
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A two-day forum to improve communication between the government and journalists is expected to take place in the first week of October, say Ministry of Information officials.
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A top official in Burma’s President’s Office has urged the United States Congress not to block military cooperation between the two countries, warning that a bill under consideration would only increase the isolation of the Burmese army at a crucial time.
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As the illegal trade in jade, timber and drugs along the Sino-Burmese border appears unstoppable, black market banks have become a major channel for laundering criminal assets, according to insiders who are familiar with the business.
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A report by the Asian Development Bank has predicted the gross domestic product of Myanmar could reach as high as 9.5 percent by 2030, which would see the country’s GDP raised to nearly US$5000 (K487,500) per capita.
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The state owned Myanmar Timber Enterprise has harvested over 600,000 tonnes of teak and other hardwood’s for sale in the 2014-15 fiscal year, says the general manager of the organisation.
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Eighteen local and foreign companies have signed deals with the management committee for Thilawa Special Economic Zone to open plants in its first phase, which covers 400 hectares south of Yangon, a member of the committee said.
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