Myanmar morning news for January 15

Myanmar morning news for January 15

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar sends more troops to troubled Rakhine State
The war in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State is likely to intensify as more government forces have been deployed to the area in the wake of rebel attacks on police stations, The Irrawaddy, a Myanmar website, reported on January 10.
— Asia Times

Tech boom to bring in a new era in Myanmar
Though digital literacy is still low in Myanmar, people’s eagerness to try new things and their ability to easily adapt to a new environment could generate a technology boom in the country by encouraging young entrepreneurs to establish tech-based companies, say tech experts.

Too Scared to Return Home, Myanmar Refugees in Thai Camps Face an Uncertain Future
When her first child—a daughter—was born, Pa Pa Win dreamed of a grand wedding for her many years down the line, with a big celebration in their village in Myanmar’s Mon State.
— Irrawaddy

Easing rules to help start businesses
Reforms that strengthen macroeconomic management are absolutely essential for economic stability which, in turn, is a strong magnet for increased investment.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Sino-Myanmar border trade falls by $562 mln in Q1
The value of Sino-Myanmar border trade between 1 October and 4 January totalled US$1.24 billion, a decrease of $562.8 million compared with the corresponding period of the previous financial year, according to data from the Ministry of Commerce.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar

Key Myanmar dept now under civilian control
Myanmar’s General Administration Department (GAD) has been transferred to a civilian-controlled government ministry, but analysts say the move at the end of last year may just be a cosmetic change for now.
— The Straits Times

UN Special Rapporteur refused entry to Myanmar
The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, will visit Myanmar’s neighbours Thailand and Bangladesh from 14 to 24 January 2018. However, The Government of Myanmar has maintained its decision to cease cooperation with the Special Rapporteur, and refused her entry, according to a press release.
— BNI Online

Myanmar suffers trade deficit of over 900 mln USD in over three months
Myanmar suffered 981.6 million US dollars of trade deficit as of Jan. 4 in present fiscal year 2018-2019 which started in October, according to the figures from the Commerce Ministry on Saturday.
— Mizzima

Myanmar invites foreign investment with business-friendly reforms
As Seoul fleshes out its New Southern Policy to strengthen ties with Southeast Asian nations and other countries, Myanmar presents fresh opportunities with its business-friendly policies, according to the country’s top envoy to South Korea.
— Korea Herald

Long term economic improvement certain, strategy needed: U Win Aung
The government has come under pressure for its handling of the Myanmar economy, with stakeholders lamenting the slowing pace of economic reform and investment flows.
— Myanmar Times

FMI announces new company constitution and name change
First Myanmar Investment Public Company Limited (FMI) has announced that during its first Special General Meeting held at the National Theatre in Yangon that it is to adopt a new constitution of the company in line with the Myanmar Companies Law.
— Mizzima

Tourism rules, regulations may be released this month: ministry
The bylaws setting out rules and regulations for the tourism industry could be released this month, according to the Hotels and Tourism Ministry.
— Myanmar Times

Two Myanmar visa application centres open in Yunnan
Two Myanmar visa application centres have opened in the cities of Mangshi and Ruili in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, which borders Myanmar, Xinhua reported.
— Mizzima

Chin State seeks 10 year tax exemptions
The Chin State Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) is asking the government for approval to raise the tax-exempt period granted to investors in the state to be raised
— Myanmar Times

New elephant camp to be opened in Myanmar’s central region
A new elephant camp will be opened in Myanmar’s Magway region next month as a wildlife-based tourist destination and a wildlife conservation center, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Monday.
— Xinhua

Hafary Myanmar: New landmark in Bahan township
There’s a new landmark in Bahan Township. Motorists passing by the Shwegondaing Road are sure to notice the newly opened box-like structure that is tile supplier Hafary Myanmar’s flagship showroom.
— Myanmar Times

Yangon General Hospital opens new cancer treatment unit
Yangon General Hospital opens a new cancer treatment unit on January 13 which can accept more than 300 cancer patients according to Ministry of Health and Sports.
— Eleven Myanmar

Kachin blasts Chinese statement on dam project
Ethnic Kachin people on Sunday criticised a statement issued by the Chinese embassy in Myanmar that it is not against the resumption of the Myitsone hydropower project, which has been suspended for seven years.
— Myanmar Times

Hilton & Resorts to open Hilton Times City Yangon
The US-based Hilton & Resorts will open Hilton Times City Yangon, for fourth of its kind in 2022.
— Eleven Myanmar

3 killed, 2 injured in oil tank fire in Myanmar northernmost state
Three people have been killed and two others injured in an oil tank-loaded truck fire in Bahmo, Myanmar’s Kachin state, said a release of the Home Ministry Monday.
— Xinhua

Facing an uncertain future: Chin refugees in Malaysia
The UN refugee agency has begun phasing out the protection it provides in Malaysia to tens of thousands of Chin, most of whom do not want to return to Myanmar.
— Frontier Myanmar

Jute factory defends closure, pledges to pay sacked workers
Executives of a jute factory that folded in 2015 due to losses of up to K700 million (US$460,000) annually said Sunday they would compensate the over 300 employees they dismissed last week, insisting the closure was necessary.
— Myanmar Times

Education Ministry opens English proficiency course in Nay Pyi Taw
The Education Ministry has created good opportunities to promote inclusive education and continuing education programs, said Union Minister Dr. Myo Thein Gyi at the opening of an English proficiency course for government employees in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— Global Newlight of Myanmar


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