Myanmar Morning News For October 26

Myanmar Morning News For October 26

Myanmar morning newsUN must respect host country’s priorities: president
The United Nations must help member countries with nation-building and development while understanding local conditions, said Myanmar President Htin Kyaw.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar garment exports set to hit US$3bn in 2017
Myanmar’s garment exports could reach up to US$3bn this year, new estimates show, boosted by an increase in investment and orders, particularly from Europe.
— Just-Style

Myanmar to reap greater rewards in deep-sea port development project
Myanmar is set to receive a greater amount of the profit-sharing in a $7.2 billion deep-sea port development project in the town of Kyaukphyu in western Rakhine state, though negotiations with the main Chinese investor are ongoing, RFA reported on 24 October quoting a commerce ministry official.
— Mizzima

Making Myanmar an energy powerhouse
Myanmar’s national electrification process is still on hold one year after the new administration took office. The replacement of the Minister of Energy in early August showed the priority given to energy, but the government still has much to do. Myanmar will have to decide on how to solve its chronic power shortage. There are three challenges that must be addressed to meet the country’s urgent need for electricity.
— Myanmar Times

Local shrimp market shrinking on falling US demand
As the US has stopped buying wild shrimp, the local market for shrimp is shrinking, U Hnin Oo, deputy chair of Myanmar Shrimp Association, told The Myanmar Times.
— Myanmar Times

EU is the opposite of nationalism: Van Rompuy
SPEAKING in Myanmar’s second largest city, European officials spoke out against nationalism and discrimination in an audience consisting of the region’s elected officials, businesses and foreign investors.
— Myanmar Times

Japanese investor interest in Myanmar still high despite lower FDI
The Japanese remain interested in expanding their presence in Myanmar despite lower investments in recent years compared to before and a refugee crisis unfolding in northern Rakhine.
— Myanmar Times

Low-income earners to get free hepatitis C treatment
The One Liver Foundation has planned to treat low-income patients with Hepatitis C in Mandalay for free starting next month.
— Eleven

No direct Myanmar-Mongolia flight yet
Myanmar and Mongolia has no plans to launch direct flights between both capitals at the moment despite signing a landmark aviation treaty last month, according to officials.
— Myanmar Times

Denmark donates 32 million DKK to Rohingvas fleeding Myanmar
Denmark will provide an additional 32 million DKK (approx 6.9 billion MMK) to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to support Rohingyas who fled Myanmar to Bangladesh.
— Scandasia

Ontario provides $1M to humanitarian aid groups assisting Myanmar’s Rohingya
Ontario is giving $1 million to organizations providing humanitarian assistance to Myanmar’s Rohingya.
— Global News

DFAT defends diplomatic actions on Myanmar
Foreign affairs officials have denied Australia tried to “white-wash” a United Nations resolution on the atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

US lawmakers push for action on Myanmar atrocities
Bipartisan anger about the ongoing violence in Myanmar prompted Trump administration officials Tuesday to defend their approach to the country, where more than 600,000 people have fled persecution.
— CNN (video)

Pressuring Myanmar’s Military
The plight of the Rohingya people in Myanmar is one of those wrenching tragedies that beggars understanding. The State Department has already blocked some senior Myanmar military leaders from entering the United States and is considering economic measures against officers and officials responsible for continuing atrocities against the Rohingya. This should be done without delay — the brutal repression of this Muslim minority has already driven more than 600,000 people out of Myanmar, exposing them to acute suffering and stretching the resources and patience of neighboring Bangladesh. And more keep fleeing.
— The New York Times

In Myanmar’s Rakhine, aid workers blocked from entering Muslim camp amid tension
Buddhists in Myanmar on Wednesday (Oct 25) blocked aid workers from visiting a camp for displaced Muslims in the central part of Rakhine State, where the United Nations fears the spread of violence that has already displaced hundreds of thousands.
— Channel News Asia

Rohingya girls under 10 raped while fleeing Myanmar, charity says
Rohingya children, some of them under 10 years old, are receiving treatment for rape in camps on the Bangladesh border, according to medics who say that young refugees account for half of those sexually assaulted while fleeing violence in Myanmar.
— The Guardian

Criticism Of Israel’s Arms Trade With Myanmar Is Not Exaggerated
On October 16, the Forward published a letter from Abraham Wyner, a Professor of Statistics who argued that criticism of Israel’s sales to the Burmese military is exaggerated. He was writing in response to Peter Beinart’s article in the Forward calling out mainstream Jewish organizations for failing to criticize Israel’s provision of weapons and training to Myanmar.
— Forward


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