Myanmar morning news for April 9

Myanmar morning news for April 9
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Myanmar morning newsChambers sign MOU for trade and investment
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Union of Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) and Mercosur-ASEAN Chamber of Commerce (MACC), which is based in Argentina and Indonesia, was signed at the UMFCCI office for trade and investment promotion last week.
— Myanmar Times

EU says trade privileges depend on Annan report
Implementation of the Annan report will be crucial for Myanmar to retain its trade privileges, the European Union (EU) said, as dialogues between the two sides on human and labour rights conventions related to the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) take place.
— Myanmar Times

Terrorist arrested in Myanmar western state: police
The Myanmar authority has arrested a member of terrorist group Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) in a border town in the country’s western Rakhine state, according to the Police Force Monday.
— Xinhua

Myanmar’s insurance market finally opens to foreign companies
The Ministry of Planning and Finance has finally given the green light for foreign companies to enter Myanmar’s nascent insurance market, selling life insurance policies through local subsidiaries.
— Coconuts

Well-received new consumer rights law brings clarity
The new Consumer Protection Law which came into force on March 12 replaces the 2014 version of the law.
— Myanmar Times

MM Digital gets six-digit sum from Seed Myanmar, Theta Capital
MM Digital Solutions, a Myanmar-based IT services provider, has raised a six-digit dollar investment from Singapore-based Seed Myanmar Ventures Limited and investment holding company, Theta Capital Group, according to an announcement.
— DealStreetAsia

Nationwide measles, rubella vaccination program to launch in November, December
Nationwide measles and rubella vaccination program will be launched in November and December, according to sources.
— Eleven Myanmar

Public outreach by State Counsellor irks some in NLD
While visits to the states and regions by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi have been gaining momentum, the initiative seems to be causing stress among some members of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD).
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar says six Rohingya killed in attack were ‘with insurgents’
The Myanmar army said Friday that six Rohingya killed by helicopter gunfire in restive Rakhine state were working with a rebel group, the latest escalation in violence that the UN says “may constitute war crimes”.
— Frontier Myanmar

Conflict in Myanmar reaches Garden City immigrants
A conflict across the world in Myanmar has reached into a refugee center that for years has helped immigrants who arrive in Garden City to find jobs.
— Kake

Dispossessed: the human toll of Myanmar’s land crisis
A highly centralised regime for governing “wasteland” is being expanded, with devastating effects on communities trying to reclaim their land after decades of war.
— Frontier Myanmar

Bridging borders: The SEA LIT Project/ Myanmar 2019
As part of a larger project to use literature to bridge the distance between different people, a literary forum dubbed “Bridging Borders” was held last Friday at the Yangon Book Plaza on Lanmadaw Street.
— Myanmar Times

TAT’s Myanmar fair attracts companies
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) met with Yangon businesses and residents last week to raise awareness about tourism activities in Thailand, especially among first-time visitors.
— Bangkok Post

Myanmar’s parliament to resume 12th session end of April
Myanmar’s parliament will resume its 12th session on April 29, the parliament announced on Monday.
— Xinhua

Myanmar rebel group says army fuelling trouble along Kaladan route
Days after reports that the Myanmarese rebel group Arakan Army (AA) has been targeting men and material involved in the Kaladan Multi Modal Transport Project (KMMTP) that India is building, the outfit said it has no problem with New Delhi and accused the Myanmar army of trying to create trouble.
— Hindustan Times

In brief: 3 organizations pour $1m into Myanmar’s startup ecosystem
Netherlands-based ICCO Cooperation, Yangon-based startup incubator Phandeeyar, and DaNa Facility – a program funded by the UK’s Department for International Development – announced a plan to invest US$1 million into two inclusive business (IB) ecosystem grants in Myanmar.
— Tech in Asia

Myanmar Voyages gearing up for a ride on tourism boom
IN VIEW of the Asian Development Bank’s projection that tourism will become a key driver of Myanmar’s economic growth in the next two years, Myanmar Voyages Co, the leading destination management company (DMC) in the country, is boosting its readiness to cash in on the tourism boom, said the firm’s managing director Thet Lwin Toh in an exclusive interview with The Nation in Yangon.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar hosts world maths contest for first time
The 16th Sakamoto World Mathematics Competition was held in Myanmar at the weekend, according to Sakamoto Maths Myanmar Founder Daw Htar Htar Wai.
— Myanmar Times

Malaysia says 200 Rohingya migrants still at sea after latest arrival
Malaysian authorities on Monday were on the lookout for boats believed to be carrying up to 200 Rohingya after dozens of migrants were found near a beach in the country’s north.
— Reuters

Second group of Rohingya Muslims found on Malaysian beach: Police
Thirty-seven people believed to be Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar were found on a beach in northern Malaysia on Monday (Apr 8), police said, the latest arrivals in what authorities fear could be a new wave of people smuggling by sea.
— Channel NewsAsia

Rights commission to probe police in Ayeyarwady over death
The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission will investigate the death of a villager while in police custody in Wakema township, Ayeyarwady Region, a commission official said on Sunday.
— Myanmar Times

Once Again, Myanmar’s Media in the Cross Hairs
Like never before, Myanmar’s media are under serious threat. Private and independent news outlets and their journalists have been receiving death threats since last week for their coverage of the fighting between government troops and the Arakan Army (AA), an ethnic Arakanese armed rebel group seeking greater autonomy in Rakhine State.
— The Irrawaddy

Prudential responds to granting of Myanmar licence
Myanmar’s government has allowed five international insurers to establish and operate fully-owned subsidiaries in the country, as part of its plan to open up its insurance and finance sectors to foreign investment.
— Insurance Business Mag

UK’s DFID DaNa Facility backs two inclusive project grants in Myanmar
The DaNa Facility, a UK Department for International Development (DFID) funded programme, ICCO Cooperation and local community hub Phandeeyar are jointly awarding about $1 million in grants to two inclusive businesses projects in Myanmar, according to an announcement.
— DealStreetAsia

Child protection policy under way
Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement is coordinating with relevant ministries to draft the child protection policy.
— Eleven Myanmar

Union Minister reviews air pollution in Tachilek
The Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win yesterday reviewed air pollution in Tachilek, caused mostly by burning of agricultural waste and forest fires, state media has reported.
— Mizzima

Shwe Mya Sandi housing to disappear
Two years seems like a long time, but it is worth the wait if it brings about the desired results, according to Naw Mya Mya Than of Atwin Me Ka Nei village in Myawady township, Kayin State.
— Myanmar Times


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