Myanmar Morning News For March 23

Myanmar Morning News For March 23

Myanmar morning newsSecond law firm exits Myanmar, calls Companies Law delay a mistake
The govt has a mentality that, if something has to be done, “all you need to do is to pass a new law and that’s going to solve the problem.” It’s time to focus on communications with the private sector and actual implementation.
The Myanmar Times 

Myanmar earns over US$1-bn from rice exports this year
Myanmar earned more than US$1 billion (1.33 trillion kyat) from rice and broken rice exports to 57 countries as of March 9 in 2017-18 FY, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
Black Sea Grain 

Doubts are growing about Myanmar’s political leadership
The sudden resignation of Myanmar President Htin Kyaw is a worrying development for the country’s future, according to one politics watcher, especially as a crescendo of criticism engulfs de-facto ruler Aung San Suu Kyi.

Demand increases for used Japanese cars near Myanmar-Thai border
Demand is increasing for unregistered used Japanese cars near Myanmar and Thailand border prior to the Thingyan Festival with prices high due to exchange rates, according to car dealers.
Eleven Myanmar

Bright Future for India-Myanmar Business and Investment Partnerships
Speaking at the second edition of Myanmar-India Business Conclave, India’s Minister for State Commerce & Industry Shri C R Chaudhary reiterated India’s commitment to the Look East and Act East policy.

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Incoming President Needs More Power to Implement Government’s Plans
While likely to be remembered as a decent, gentlemanly head of state, U Htin Kyaw, who resigned as president on Tuesday, will also be seen as a largely figurehead president in comparison with the other eight presidents the country has seen since independence in 1948.
The Irrawaddy 

Key Features to Expect From Myanmar’s New Copyright Law
Myanmar’s long-anticipated IP laws are making progress, with the four bills having been approved by the National Parliament (Amyotha Hluttaw) and endorsed to the People’s Parliament (Pyithu Hluttaw) on 15 February 2018. All four bills – on copyright, trademarks, industrial design and patents – are expected to be passed into law imminently.

Fraser & Neave returns to Myanmar’s beer market
Singapore’s Fraser & Neave has gained approval from Myanmar’s investment commission to return to the country’s beer market, where it would compete against its former partner, military-owned Union of Myanma Economic Holdings Limited.
Frontier Myanmar 

Myanmar Rights Lawyer Charged With Defamation For Throwing Shoe at Court Sign
Myanmar authorities on Thursday charged a former rights lawyer and political prisoner with defamation for throwing a shoe at a sign outside the courthouse in Pyigyitagon township in central Myanmar’s Mandalay region after a judge issued a decision with which he did not agree.
Radio Free Asia 

Thilawa SEZ investment increases $20 Million over last year
Foreign investments worth some US$400 million went into the Thilawa Special Economic Zone prior to the end of this fiscal year, state media reported quoting the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration.

Yangon government seeks to increase economic growth
The Yangon regional government will implement the regional development plan this year with public-private partnership (PPP) system, said regional Planning and Finance Minister U Myint Thaung on March 16.
The Myanmar Times

Buddhist mob attacks Muslim homes over interfaith couple
At least 30 Buddhist men carried out a series of attacks on Muslim homes in a village in Ayeyawady Region on Tuesday night, Myanmar Muslim Media has reported. The mob was reportedly upset about a relationship between a Muslim man and a Buddhist woman in the village.
Coconuts Yangon 

Woman-led puppet theater brings health education to Myanmar villages
In the play, a puppet starts to offer a cigarette to a friend but his cough gets the better of him, which makes his voice a bit funny-sounding — eliciting peals of laughter from a roomful of a hundred schoolchildren (and some peeking in through the windows, from outside).
USA Today 

No Pension, Gratuity for Outgoing President
Outgoing President U Htin Kyaw, who resigned on Wednesday, is not entitled to a pension or gratuity or any allowance.
The Irrawaddy 

Japan provides more than Japanese Yen 15 billion to Myanmar
The signing ceremony of three exchange of notes between the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the Government of Japan took place at the Ministry of Planning and Finance in Nay Pyi Taw at 2 pm yesterday.
The Global Newlight of Myanmar 

Min Aung Hlaing warns against anti-military sentiment
Myanmar’s commander-in-chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, has admonished anyone who tries to incite others to stand against the military.
Coconuts Yangon 

Campaign launched to end physical violence against children
Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye officially launched a campaign to end physical violence against children in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. In his address, Dr. Win Myat Aye expressed hope that the programme would help end physical and sexual violence in Myanmar.
The Global Newlight of Myanmar


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