Myanmar Morning News For June 13

Myanmar Morning News For June 13
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Myanmar morning newsWorld Day Against Child Labour: Myanmar; too many children still in hazardous and unsafe forms of work
Almost one in ten of Myanmar’s 12 million children between the age of 5 and 17 are engaged in child labour, too often exposed to hazards and risks.

Government to support SMEs in gaining access to technology, value-add
The government will provide more support to local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) which lack the technological knowhow enabling them to add value to finished goods, as this places them at a disadvantage to international peers and results in missed job opportunities for local residents.
The Myanmar Times

Myanmar deep sea port: the next Belt and Road battleground?
China’s Belt and Road Initiative is coming under unprecedented pressure as citizens in its neighbouring countries question the cost of massive infrastructure projects and whether the host country or China will truly be the beneficiary.

Myanmar’s public health could go up in smoke
In July 2013, British American Tobacco (BAT) announced it would be returning to Myanmar. The company had withdrawn from the domestic market a decade earlier, following criticism by human rights groups, non‐governmental organisations and the UK Government of its commercial links to the country’s military regime.
Policy Forum 

IFC helping Myanmar microfinance institutions enhance performance with sustainable practices
IFC is helping Myanmar microfinance institutions improve their governance and risk management practices to enhance their performance.

Startups thrive in Myanmar as smartphone usage skyrockets
Myanmar is proving a fertile ground for technology startups, their numbers doubling over the past year, according to Phandeeyar, a private group that provides funding and other assistance to startups.
Nikkei Asian Review (metered paywall)

NTUC pulls Myanmar brand mangoes after S’pore importer accused of packing other varieties
Sometimes, what you pay for may not be what you see on the packaging.
In this instance, a fruit company named Myanmar Golden Produce Pte Ltd (MGP) — which supplies a type of mango called Sein Ta Lone mango — is accusing a Singapore importer of selling inferior mangoes under their brand.
— Mothership 

Witness no-show as Reuters reporters mark six months in Myanmar detention
A Myanmar police investigator failed to show up at court on Tuesday to testify as a prosecution witness against two Reuters reporters who were arrested in December and accused of possessing secret government papers.

Anti-drug force seizes 15 tonnes of meth precursor chemicals from Thailand
Myanmar anti-drug agents have intercepted 15 tonnes of chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine in the border town of Tachileik in Shan State last week, anti-narcotics officers said Monday.
The Myanmar Times 

Tourist arrivals for May show increase
Tourist arrivals in May 2018 on tourist and business visas are up by over 1,500 tourists compared to May 2017, according to figures released by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, state media reported.

More than 100 Rohingya Refugees Wash Ashore on Rathedaung Beach
More than 100 Rohingya refugees had a narrow escape in the Bay of Bengal on Monday as their damaged vessel drifted ashore in northern Rakhine State’s Rathedaung Township.
The Irrawaddy

Gov’t eyes promoting tourism through PPP
Promoting tourism sector in Myanmar requires more cooperation through the Public-Private Partnership system between the government and the people, said Vice President U Henry Van Thio yesterday at the Myanmar Tourism Conference in Nay Pyi Taw.
The Global Newlight of Myanmar 

Child’s death leads to close watch on factory
Authorities are closely monitoring a metal smelting and refining plant in Myaung Dagar Industrial Zone in Hmawbi township in Yangon following the death of a child from lead poisoning, a health official said.
The Myanmar Times 

Remittance services in China-Myanmar border temporarily suspended
Remittance services in China-Myanmar border will be temporarily suspended on June 12 as issues arose between traders due to a freeze on bank accounts, according to merchants in Muse border.
Eleven Myanmar 

KIA Blasts Myanmar Military on Anniversary of Civil War in Kachin
The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) accused the Myanmar military of genocide and human rights abuses including rape and murder on Saturday to mark the seven-year anniversary of fighting in Kachin State.
The Irrawaddy 

Long way to go for Myanmar in tackling child labour
As Myanmar emerges from 50 years of military rule, it’s grappling with how to tackle the problem of child labour.

Warm response seen to ‘Myanmar Insight’ in Bangkok
GIVEN the rising interest in Myanmar’s economy this year, nearly 500 Thai businesspeople are expected to gather at the Myanmar Insight 2018 to be held in Bangkok next month, according to Nattawin Phongsphetrarat, vice president of Thai Business Association of Myanmar (TBAM).
The Nation 

China proposals new infrastructure projects in Myanmar
China has proposed a list of infrastructure projects to be implemented along the China-Myanmar economic corridor. The projects are expected to meet basic infrastructure needs in Myanmar as well as enhance China’s strategic footprint within the country.
The Myanmar Times


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