Myanmar morning news for March 21

Myanmar morning news for March 21

Myanmar morning newsIndustry proposes reducing visa restrictions for western tourists
Discussions will be made with the relevant departments to reduce visa restrictions on western travelers, said U Yan Win, chair of Myanmar Tourism Federation.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar: Avocado prices hampered by poor harvesting techniques
Growers of avocados in Myanmar are suffering from poor prices for their crops due to poor harvesting techniques, according to an industry representative.
— Fresh Plaza

Urgent need for higher rice export quota to China: industry
The Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF) urged the government to facilitate the signing of an agreement that will firm up an official rice export quota to China at last week’s Private Sector Development Committee Meeting, which was led by the Vice President U Myint Swe.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar-focused statup SolarHome raises $1m follow-on equity capital from Trirec
SolarHome, a Singapore-headquartered solar energy startup that serves off-grid households in Myanmar, has secured a $1-million equity investment from existing investor Trirec, a Singapore-based investment holding company that targets renewable energy and clean technology investments.
— DealStreetAsia

Over 500 mln USD jade, gems, jewelry lots sold at Myanmar’s annual gems emporium
About 476.68 million Euros (541.5 million U.S. dollars) were earned from the sale of 5,601 jade, gems and pearl lots at Myanmar’s 56th gems emporium which concluded on Wednesday, U Than Zaw Oo, chair of Gems Emporium Organizing Committee told the press conference.
— Xinhua

Myanmar Tourism Bank expands reach to support sector
Myanma Tourism Bank will open three branches in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw within the next two months, U Zin Ko Ko, deputy head of the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) department at Myanmar Tourism Bank told The Myanmar Times.
— Myanmar Times

More than 100 traders asked to deposit export earnings in local accounts
More than 100 companies have failed to deposit foreign currency received from exports in their local bank accounts within the period specified, according to the Department of Trade under the Ministry of Commerce on Tuesday.
— Myanmar Times

Eight injured in Myanmar temple town violence
Fighting between Myanmar’s military and ethnic Rakhine rebels in Mrauk U, the ancient capital of the Rakhine kingdom, has left at least eight locals injured, scaring tourists and sparking fears that the historical monuments are under threat.
— Channel NewsAsia

Myanmar to introduce rating system for hotels
Myanmar is planning to start a rating system for local hotels, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
— Myanmar Times

Vast improvements sought for trade and exchange at Moreh-Tamu border
Myanmar and India recently continued their bid for growing bilateral cooperation at a seminar convened to discuss opportunities of enhancing connectivity between Manipur in India and Sagaing Region in Myanmar and specifically advances to be made regarding trade at the Moreh (India)-Tamu (Myanmar) border.
— Mizzima

Myanmar military panel to probe atrocities against Rohingya
Myanmar’s military has set up a panel to investigate atrocities committed against the Rohingya during a crackdown against the Muslim minority that began in August 2017.
— UCA News

Hong Kong sets up chamber amid investment push
Hong Kong has set up its first ever locally-registered official business group in Myanmar as the National League for Democracy-led administration seeks to bolster the economy and attract more investment.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar court sentences prominent Rakhine leader to 20 years for treason
A Myanmar court in Sittwe on Tuesday sentenced prominent Rakhine leader Aye Maung to 20 years in prison for treason and defamation stemming from a January 2018 speech made one day before deadly riots broke out.
— Jurist

Four Bangladeshi fishermen return from Myanmar jail after nine years
The men were arrested by a Myanmar law enforcement agency in 2009 after they illegally entered the country’s territory on a fishing trip
— Dhaka Tribune

Senators ask US to sanction Myanmar army chief
Senators called on Wednesday (Mar 20) for the United States to slap sanctions on Myanmar’s army chief, saying more needed to be done to bring accountability over the campaign against the Rohingya.
— Channel NewsAsia

Rakhine investigation commission stays mostly silent
Little has been heard from the Independent Commission of Enquiry (ICOE) since it was set up last July to investigate allegations of human rights abuses by government forces in northern Rakhine State. The panel’s mandate ends in four months.
— Myanmar Times

Land lost, families uprooted as Myanmar pushes industrial zones
Than Ei lived in the Thilawa area near Yangon for years, growing vegetables in her backyard and sending her two children to school with money from her husband’s construction job.
— Reuters

Shan group slams UN opium report
The Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) has rejected the findings of the UN opium survey for 2018, saying it contains errors and is demanding a correction.
— Myanmar Times

Visitor from Myanmar attacks pork-sniffing dog at Taiwan airport
A visitor from Myanmar attacked a dog trained to sniff out banned meat products and his handler upon arriving at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the Apple Daily reported Wednesday.
— Taiwan News

State Counsellor attends opening of Myanmar-Thai Friendship Bridge 2
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Chairperson of the Central Committee for Development of Border Areas and National Races, who was in Kayin State, Hpa-an town left by helicopter and arrived in Myawaddy Town yesterday morning and attended the opening ceremony of Myanmar-Thai Friendship Bridge 2, state media reported.
— Mizzima

Japan’s involvement in Myanmar
After the civilian-democratic transition in Myanmar, the western sanctions on trade and investment in the country were lifted.
— Modern Diplomacy

Employment agencies accused of cheating Myanmar workers
Many Myanmar workers with work permits have been exploited by employment agencies as they prepared to leave Malaysia, according to a migrant-rights activist.
— Myanmar Times

Crop insurance begins to take root in Myanmar
Local insurer Global World Insurance Co (GWI) is expanding its crop insurance pilot project with the signing of an agreement with a private contract farming business, U Soe Win Thant , the director of Global World Insurance, revealed.
— Myanmar Times

Pandaw unveils plans for new river cruise vessel in Myanmar
Pandaw has begun construction of a new, fourteen cabin, K-class ship for use in Myanmar.
— Breaking Travel News

Constitution Amendment Joint Committee meeting to be suspended for about one month
The 45-member constitution amendment joint committee will suspend their meetings for about one month and resume on April 22, committee members said.
— Mizzima

Cattle exports hit a road block in Muse
Local livestock traders are hoping to overcome problems that have left large numbers of cattle stuck in pens along the China-Myanmar border near Muse in northern Shan State.
— Myanmar Times


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