Myanmar morning news for February 22

Myanmar morning news for February 22
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Myanmar morning newsCreation of new ministry part of Myanmar’s plan to incentivise FDI
In an attempt to reverse a recent decline in foreign investment, Myanmar has set up a new ministry tasked with attracting and facilitating fresh inflows, though concerns over the re-imposition of import tariffs by the EU could cool investor appetite.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar-US trade touches $230 mln in Q1
The bilateral trade between Myanmar and the US totalled US$230 million in the October-December period in the current fiscal, with exports surpassing imports, according to data released by the Ministry of Commerce.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Delayed dam project awaits resolution in Myanmar
Though Myanmar officials have expressed their appreciation for the benefits of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Chinese analysts noted that more practical outcomes should be delivered apart from optimistic plans, as some BRI projects still face uncertainty in the Southeast Asian country.
— Global Times

Yangon plans to initiate small-scale industrial zones, elevated railway in 2019
The Yangon Region Government has plans to carry out 79 projects in Yangon Region within this year. Among the many projects include construction of new industrial zones, upgrading old ones, opening a Yangon Innovation Centre for the youths, and many more.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Myanmar cracks down on North East militants holed up in its territory
Myanmar has made a major breakthrough in operations to flush out Indian militants holed up in its territory for decades bordering India’s eastern front. In response, Indian troops have sealed a 22-km-long stretch of the international border along Mizoram to prevent Arakan Army rebels flee from the Myanmerese army.
— Times of India

Nine countries at UN seek to override China to raise Myanmar
The United States, France, Britain and six other countries on the UN Security Council have called for a meeting on Myanmar that is expected to face opposition from China, diplomats said Wednesday.
— MB

Myanmar’s Ye Htet Aung joins another two legends at Maybank Championship
Myanmar’s Ye Htet Aung and European Tour legends Thomas Bjørn and Miguel Ángel Jiménez are the latest golf stars to confirm their participation in this year’s Maybank Championship, adding quality to the marquee field in Malaysia.
— Myanmar Times

A major upgrade works of Yangon Circular Trains
“Without waiting for instructions from above, we have been striving to the best of our abilities to serve passengers with sweet smiles” a train official’s voice softly came out of a meeting in the train office , Yangon, Lower Myanmar.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Myanmar Post adapts to new landscape with focus on e-commerce
Myanmar Post is among the state-owned enterprises (SOEs) that have been suffering losses over the last several years.
— Myanmar Times

Can Myanmar go where Thailand fears?
Our neighbours have taken an initial bold step towards military reform, a course that seems unimaginable here.
— The Nation (very annoying popup)

Beware of Facebook, abuse of Section 66(d): digital forum
Myanmar needs to address the spread of fake news on social media by empowering local journalists, providing freer access to information, and pushing for more responsible and conscientious use of the internet, said participants at the third Myanmar Digital Rights Forum in Yangon last month.
— Myanmar Times

The teak kingpin and corruption in the timber trade
A Hong Kong man who became a shadowy teak kingpin and made millions of dollars from corrupt trade in the coveted timber paid for the overseas education of top officials in Myanmar’s ruling junta, an investigation by an environmental watchdog has alleged in a sensational exposé.
— Frontier Myanmar

Myanmar, Japan to cooperate in Business and Value Chain Development project
For the effective works to improve the socio-economic status of farmers, Myanmar will implement Agri-Business and Value Chain Development project, in cooperation with the MAFF and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation.
— Eleven Myanmar

Huawei to bring5G to Myanmar in 3years
THOUGH only 20 per cent of Myanmar’s population have access to 4G services at the moment, the nation would be ready to embrace the fifth generation of wireless technology (5G) with the support of Chinese giant Huawei Technologies Co in two or three years, said Zhu Bo, deputy managing director of Huawei Myanmar.
— Eleven Myanmar

Workshop on heritage sites management held in Bagan
Myanmar hosted a two-day workshop on heritage sites management in Lancang-Mekong countries in its ancient city of Bagan on Wednesday, Xinhua reported.
— Mizzima

Canadian company to pursue lithium exploration in Myanmar
AsiaBaseMetals Inc announced its entry into the Myanmar mining sector last week. The Canada-based miner will focus on mining lithium and has already obtained the necessary documents that will enable it to submit investment proposals to the Myanmar Investment Commission.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar to hold int’l agrimach expo in Yango next month
Myanmar is planning to hold an international agrimach expo in Yango early next month to showcase agro equipment, latest innovation in technology, fertilizer and input, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Thursday.
— Xinhua

Females to get free cervical cancer vaccine in 2020
As of 2020, the Ministry of Health and Sports will give free cervical cancer vaccine to the females aged between nine and 14 years.
— Eleven Myanmar

Third group of Myanmar refugees return home from Thailand with UNHCR support
This week more than 500 refugees in Thailand are expected to return to south-eastern Myanmar as part of a voluntary repatriation process led by the Royal Thai Government and the Government of the Union of Myanmar, with the support of UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, and its partners, according to a statement.
— Mizzima

Latest survey finds 72 dolphins in Ayeyarwady
A survey by the Wildlife Conservation Society of Myanmar (WCS Myanmar) has counted 72 Irrawaddy dolphins inhabiting the Ayeyarwady River between Mandalay and Bhamaw in Kachin State.
— Myanmar Times

Grand celebration of Mon National Day
Bago Region celebrated the ancient founding of the Mon kingdom known as Hanthawady at the 72nd Mon National Day on Wednesday.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar hosts workshop on heritage sites management in Lancang-Mekong countries
Myanmar hosted a two-day workshop on heritage sites management in Lancang-Mekong countries in its ancient city of Bagan on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Partners progress at Myanmar development
Total, Woodside and MPRL finalising discussions at Block A-6 as Coleman predicts activity through the year
— Upstream Online

Myanmar Opposition And Military MPs Submit Nominees For Constitutional Reform Committee
Myanmar Opposition And Military MPs Submit Nominees For Constitutional Reform Committee
— Radio Free Asia

6 Myanmar ‘gravediggers’ nabbed in cemetery by ICA
Six men from Myanmar who claimed to be gravediggers were arrested at a Choa Chu Kang cemetery on Tuesday morning, said the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).
— The Straits Times

Measles vaccination drive underway in Yangon Region
We have made such progress against once-common illnesses that we forget they are still around, and still, potentially life-threatening. The measles outbreak in some areas exemplifies what can happen if we reduce our vigilance — especially when it comes to vaccination.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi drops off UN agenda in Geneva next week
Myanmar will be represented by a government minister at a U.N. conference in Geneva next week, and not by the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, according to the latest agenda for the meeting on Thursday.
— Devdiscource

Pastor in Myanmar Abducted by Arakan Army
International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on Feb. 13, Pastor U Thar Tun was taken from his home in Buthidaung township, Rakhine State, by members of the Arakan Army (AA), a Buddhist rebel group.
— Christian News

BDMS Wellness Clinic eyes positive in Myanmar
DRIVEN by the rise in awareness of Myanmar people about preventive medicine, BDMS Wellness Clinic (BWC), Thailand’s premier centre of wellness excellence, foresees a brighter outlook for its business performance in the near future, says its chief executive, Raymond Chong.
— The Nation (very annoying popup)

‘Pressure on Myanmar to fail’
Western nations’ efforts to pressure Myanmar into solving the Rohingya issue are unlikely to hasten the process.
— Global Times

Conyat Create is the leading Sustainability Consultancy in Myanmar
As the leading sustainability consultancy in Myanmar, they specialize in offering a wide range of services that help to bridge the gap between clients and their stakeholders.
— Digital Journal


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