Myanmar morning news for June 21

Myanmar morning news for June 21
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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar’s economy to grow at 6.5 pct in current fiscal: World Bank
Myanmar’s economy is expected to grow at 6.5 percent in the fiscal year 2018-19 (October-September), said a report of the World Bank carried on state media Thursday.
— Global Times

World Bank warns Myanmar to double electricity sector investment
Myanmar needs to invest twice as much and implement projects three times faster to address its rapidly growing demand for electricity, the World Bank said.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

ASEAN urged to avoid complicity in Rohingya crisis
The plight of the Rohingya is likely to cast a long shadow over the upcoming ASEAN Summit in Thailand this week, as regional leaders are urged not to become complicit in what rights groups call a proposal for forced or premature repatriation.
— The Jakarta Post

China Eastern Airlines launches its Shanghai – Yangon direct flights
China Eastern Airlines launches its Shanghai – Yangon direct flights at Yangon International Airport (“YIA”), Terminal 1 this morning. Utilizing an Airbus 320 aircraft for the new service, China Eastern Airlines will operate its thrice-weekly flights starting from 18 June.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Tech start-up offers solution for medical record-keeping
Most health clinics in Myanmar are dependent on medical records books, which are easily lost or misplaced by patients.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s Growth Momentum Continues with Policy Reforms
The bi-annual Myanmar Economic Monitor June 2019, released by the World Bank recently paints an optimistic scenario of overcoming the volatility experienced by the country’s economy in 2018. With growth becoming broad-based in terms of the revival of industrial and service sectors, Myanmar is projected to grow at the rate of 6.5% in FY 2019.
— Mizzima

China’s chilli pepper demand rising
Myanmar’s chilli pepper exports have sharply risen over the past two years as a result of high demand from China, said Department of Consumer Affairs’ deputy director general U Aung Maun on Monday.
— Myanmar Times

IRD collects over Ks 4090 billion in tax revenue this FY
Till May of this fiscal year, Internal Revenue Department (IRD) has collected a total tax revenue of Ks 4090.709 billion, accounting for 65.98 per cent.
— Eleven Myanmar

To Electrify Myanmar, Build The Grid From The Outside In
Kin Cho has been selling bottled petrol to passing motorists in central Myanmar for over a decade. Each liter costs roughly $1, and she sells about four on a good day. Now that her village is hooked up to reliable electricity, she bought an electric fuel dispenser.
— Forbes

State lottery plans special prize to increase sales
The government will introduce a special prize in the Aung Bar Lay state lottery using K250 million from the state budget, said the head of the lottery.
— Myanmar Times

Three firms with unpaid loans under previous Shan State government
The former Shan State government provided K5.6 billion in loans to three private firms from fiscal 2011-12 to 2015-16, and the amount has since risen to K7.5 billion because of interest, according to the state auditor general.
— Myanmar Times

‘Centre promises to operate buses between Mizoram & Myanmar’
Aizawl: The Centre has promised to take measures for operation of buses between Mizoram and Myanmar, state transport minister TJ Lalnuntluanga informed the Assembly on Wednesday.
— Eastmojo

Aeon Credit MD Kenji Fujita retires today, replaced by Myanmar ops MD
Aeon Credit Service (M) Bhd’s managing director (MD) Kenji Fujita is retiring from his position effective today.
— The Edge Markets

30th Asian Cosmetic Committee Meeting held in Nay Pyi Taw
The opening sessions of the 30th Asian Cosmetic Committee meeting was held at Hotel Mex in Nay Pyi Taw Yesterday morning. Union Minister Dr. Myint Htwe delivered his opening remarks at the event.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Humanitarian efforts fail older people affected by Myanmar’s conflicts
The rights and needs of thousands of older people forced to flee atrocities committed by Myanmar’s military are not being adequately addressed by the humanitarian system, according to rights group Amnesty International.
— UCA News

President and State Counsellor will campaign by themselves in 2020
NLD party spokesman Dr Myo Nyunt said that both the President and State Counsellor would take part in election campaigns for the party in person within the framework issued by the Union Election Commission (UEC) for the 2020 election campaigns.
— Mizzima

ASEAN leaders told to get serious on repatriation issue
Southeast Asian leaders must use an upcoming summit to hold unvarnished talks on Myanmar’s treatment of the Rohingya, rights groups urged Wednesday, after a report by the bloc was pilloried for whitewashing the persecution of the Muslim minority.
— Mizzima

Stress of return stalks Myanmar refugees in Thai border camps
Report says mental health crisis surges in refugee camps after cuts to aid and end of resettlement programmes.
— Aljazeera

Parties unite to move Myanmar sanctions bill
Bipartisan lawmakers on the House Foreign Affairs Committee joined forces Thursday to advance legislation slapping new sanctions on Myanmar’s military regime for its violent purge of ethnic minorities.
— THe Hill

Mrauk U residents receive skills for on processing fruits, making consumer products
A vocational training course on processing fruits and producing consumer products was inaugurated at 10 a.m. on 20 June at MraukU Township of Rakhine State.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Business Environment Index Shows Transparency a Major Challenge to SME Growth
The Asia Foundation survey defines the existing constraints in Myanmar’s business environment and identifies opportunities for reform for economic growth.
— Irrawaddy

Speaker U T Khun Myat leaves for Thailand to attend AIPA preparatory meeting for ASEAN-AIPA leaders’ Interface
A delegation led by U T Khun Myat, Speaker of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw and Pyithu Hluttaw, left Yangon for Thailand to attend the preparatory meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Inter-Parliamentary Assembly-AIPA and AIPA- ASEAN Interface from 21 to 23 June ahead of ASEAN Summit in Bangkok.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Group Asks Anti-Corruption Agency to Investigate Mon State Chief Minister
Residents, civil society reps say Dr. Aye Zan ignored tender process in awarding 1-billion-kyat road construction contract last year.
— Irrawaddy

Sixteen infected, six dead from H1N1 flu: Ministry
Following is the public announcement (1/2019): increasing support in monitoring, preventing and responding to seasonal influenza The Ministry of Health and Sports continuously monitors communicable diseases and those with fast spread rates, implementing preventive measures and administering timely responses.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Maha Bawga reveals plans to list on local bourse
Maha Bawga Finance Co is in the process of changing its status to a public company in preparation for a listing on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX), Daw Pan Pa Pa, financial controller to the company, told The Myanmar Times.
— Myanmar Times

Commander-in-Chief (Army) Office coducts first monsoon participates in tree planting ceremony 2019
The Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army) held a first monsoon tree planting ceremony for 2019 in Zeyathiri Township, Yezin Dam in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Ward administrator killed in Rakhine state
A ward administrator suspected of being an informer for the government in Rakhine state was shot dead Tuesday, with national forces blaming the Arakan Army (AA) for his death, RFA reported quoting a local official and the dead man’s relatives.
— Mizzima

President U Win Myint receives outgoing German Ambassador
President U Win Myint received outgoing German Ambassador to Myanmar Mrs. Dorothee Janetzke-Wenzel who completed her tour of duty in Myanmar, at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning. During the meeting, they cordially discussed matters relating to increasing bilateral relations and cooperation.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

A Rocky Start for U.S.-Japan Cooperation in Myanmar
Myanmar is proving to be a major test of strategic economic cooperation between the United States and Japan – one which reveals wider foreign policy differences between the allied nations. Those differences make substantial collaboration towards realizing a “free and open Indo-Pacific” (FOIP) in specific countries difficult, despite joint strategic interests and aligned high-level political visions.
— Tokyo Review

Disaster Alert Notification-DAN Application launched
A Disaster Alert Notification-Dan Application developed for the people across the country was launched yesterday in Nay Pyi Taw. The app which is called the “DAN Application” was officially launched by the Disaster Management Department of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement at the Hilton Hotel in Nay.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Lesswalk, IKBZ donate bicycles to students in remote areas
Lesswalk, a philanthropic organization, will donate bicycles to the students in the remote areas, in cooperation with the IKBZ.
— Eleven Myanmar

Students given milk, eggs in Mongnai primary school as part of School Milk Program
As part of the second School Milk Program, 152 students were given milk and eggs on 20 June at the Mongnai basic education primary school in Mongnai Town of southern Shan State.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar


Feature photo UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency

This week’s Myanmar morning news photo feature acknowledges World Refugee Day, June 20.


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