Myanmar morning news for October 18

Myanmar morning news for October 18
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Transport and communications sector stands fourth on FDI list
During 31 years, the total FDI inflow into the transport and communications sector reached nearly 11 billion US dollars, standing at 4th place among 12 economic sectors, according to the figures released by the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA).
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar economy to grow by 6.6% in 2020: World Bank
The Myanmar economy is projected to grow by 6.6 percent in 2020, according to the World Bank, a tad higher than its 6.5pc projection for this year.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar fails to find a sustainable solution to the Rohingyas crisis
The United Nations (UN) on Wed recognized the international community’s failure to influence the Union of Burma in taking back the Rohingyas and notice a property resolution to the Rohingya crisis.
— A industry news today

Forest product export earnings hit over 170 m USD
In 2018-2019 FY, export earnings from the forest products hit over 170 million US dollars, down over 20 million US dollars compared with the same period last year, according to the figures released by the Ministry of Commerce.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar Angers Coal Region Residents by Extending Life of Polluting Chinese-run Mine
Residents of Tigyit village tract in Myanmar’s northern Shan state are up in arms over the central government’s decision in August to extend the operation period of a Chinese-owned coal-fired power plant that they say has exceeded land use specifications, severely polluted the local environment, and jeopardized their health and their livelihoods.
— Radio Free Asia

Number of private filling stations reaches 2,576
There are now 2,576 private filling stations across Myanmar with up to 1,683 in Mandalay, Bago, Sagaing, Ayeyawady, Yangon and Magway regions.
— Eleven Myanmar

State Counsellor seeks greater cooperation for national devt
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyin on Wednesday urged people to cooperate in the pursuit of national interests and to stop petty leadership squabbles.
— Myanmar Times

Mandalay to spend K5.3b to prevent riverbank erosion in major rivers
Mandalay Region will spend K 5.3 billion (US$2.29 million) in 2020 to fortify river banks to prevent erosion, the regional Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems said.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar Express Logistics Market is Expected to Cross USD 30 Million by 2023: Ken Research
It is expected that by 2022, 48% of the population in Myanmar will be earning more than USD 120 per month. This is expected to increase sales of FMCG, Fashion and Food products, which are major contributors to express logistics business.
— Markets Gazette

Gas from block A6 to commercially viable in 2023
Commercial gas production will commence at the A6 block Shwe Yee Htun-2 discovery, offshore Myanmar, in 2023, U Zaw Aung, a retired director general of the Oil and Gas Planning Department under the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE), told The Myanmar Times.
— Myanmar Times

649 kg of ICE drugs seized from sea off southern Myanmar
Myanmar authorities seized 649 kg of methamphetamine (ICE) from sea in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady region, according to the Home Affairs Ministry on Thursday.
— Xinhua

Myanmar awards LNG-to-power projects amid tight deadline
The H1 2020 date set for VPower Group to bring the facilities online seems unrealistic, with the deadline having scared away more-established bidders.
— Interfaxenergy

Myanmar VP calls for producing safe food, developing rural living standard
Myanmar Vice President U Henry Van Thio has called for working towards the production of food safe for consumption and the development of living standard in rural areas to properly feed the growing population and nurture the future generation into healthy and able-bodied citizens.
— Xinhua

Human Rights Law Now Mandatory for Myanmar Law, Int’l Relations Students
Law and international relations students at Myanmar’s universities are now required to take courses in human rights law, following a partnership with the Danish government.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s state counselor stresses need to produce outstanding experts to serve country
Myanmar’s State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has stressed the need to produce outstanding experts and technicians to serve the country, according to the Ministry of Education Thursday.
— Xinhua

The World Bank’s Latest Report on Myanmar: 5 Takeaways on Growth and Risks
A new World Bank forecast for East Asia and the Pacific suggests Myanmar will likely see economic growth in the near future despite internal and external risks.
— Irrawaddy

Japan-Myanmar Vocational Training Institute seeks first batch trainees
The Japan – Myanmar Vocational Training Institute, funded by the Japanese government, will now accept the first batch of trainees,, according to the Ministry of Education.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar’s Mytel Removes Shwedagon Cells Amid Unpaid Rent Claims
Military-backed telecoms firm Mytel says it is trying to permanently install transmitter cells at the Yangon religious site.
— Irrawaddy

Viber eyes more growth in Myanmar
Rakuten Viber wants to expand its services in Myanmar beyond calling and instant messaging to incorporate payments, transfers and e-commerce, its chief executive, Djamel Agaoua, told the Myanmar Times during a recent interview.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar NGO wins 2019 Global Pluralism Awards
A Myanmar non-government organisation working among the country’s youth in conflict areas was among three winners in the 2019 Global Pluralism Awards, which honours individuals and organisations that help build inclusive societies.
— Myanmar Times

Health access denied in northern Rakhine
Massive shortfalls in government services, blocks on NGOs and travel restrictions for residents continue to starve communities in northern Rakhine State of access to healthcare and flout the recommendations of the Kofi Annan commission.
— Frontier Myanmar

Plan to Build Statue of Myanmar Independence Leader Angers Chin Ethnic Group
Ethnic Chin groups in western Myanmar have expressed opposition to a Chin state government proposal to erect statues of three past ethnic leaders to appease public displeasure over a plan to put up a statue of the country’s independence hero in a perceived attempt to “Burmanize” the minority group.
— Radio Free Asia

Tanyingone-Mingaladon-Paywetseikgone railroad section back into service on October 17
Tanyingone-Mingaladon-Paywetseikgone railroad section was back into service on October 17 as it was already upgraded, said a source from Myanma Railways.
— Eleven Myanmar

Orphaned elephants find new home in Bago camp
Nine orphaned elephants are now living comfortably in their new home in Winkabaw Elephant Conservation Camp in Bago Region, which used to be a logging area operated by state-run Myanmar Timber Enterprise.
— Myanmar Times

Deadly highway accidents in Myanmar
According to a release from the Highway Police Force on Wednesday, the highway accidents of Myanmar through the public holidays of the traditional Thadingyut Lighting Festival, kills two people and injures 72 others; highway accidents occurred on Yangon-Mandalay highway from Oct. 10 to Oct. 15, 26.

Timeline: Irregularities & Significant Events in Myanmar’s Toddler Rape Case
To provide an overview of what has gone wrong with the ‘Victoria’ child-rape case, The Irrawaddy presents a timeline of key events since the crime occurred in May.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar, Japan discuss potential for investments in agriculture, livestock, land use
Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr Aung Thu and a delegation led by Kazufumi Tanaka, managing director of the Japan External Trade Organization-JETRO, discussed potential for foreign investment in agriculture, livestock and land use in accord with the procedures.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar, Nepal sign MoUs to promote culture and tourism cooperation
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi received the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal Mrs Bidya Devi Bhandari, at the Credentials Hall of the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Transportation access cut in Myinmu due to heavy rain
Torrential rain occurred in Myinmu Township, Sagaing Region, on October 15th, destroying a road and a bridge.
— Eleven Myanmar

Preliminary Coord meeting to hold Youth All-Round Development Festival (Magway)
A preliminary coordination meeting to successfully conduct Youth All-Round Development Festival (Magway) was held at the meeting hall of Ministry of Information in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Yangon MPs Fear ‘No Lively Debate’ on Govt Spending as Access to Auditor General’s Report Uncertain
Yangon chief minister, speaker assign regional Public Account Committee to review auditor general’s FY2017-18 report, allegedly denying MPs chance to see it first.
— Irrawaddy

Deputy Commerce Minister visits JETRO headquarters in Tokyo
Deputy Minister for Commerce U Aung Htoo visited Executive Vice President of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Mr Ichiro Sone in Tokyo, Japan, on 16 October morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Future of the Myanmar Defense Industry-Market Attractiveness, Competitive Landscape and Forecasts to 2022
The Future of the Myanmar Defense Industry – Market Attractiveness, Competitive Landscape and Forecasts to 2022, published by Strategic Defence Intelligence, provides readers with detailed analysis of both historic and forecast defense industry values, factors influencing demand, the challenges faced by industry participants, analysis of industry leading companies, and key news.
— Space market now

VP U Henry Van Thio promotes inclusive education for intellectually disabled children
The 2nd National Education Conference for Children with Intellectual Disabilities in Myanmar was held at the Myanmar International Convention Center II in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

AA Claims Myanmar Military Deploys Helicopters After Taking Major Losses
The Arakan Army claims the Myanmar military has suffered over 40 casualties in the past week and local residents say the army has now deployed helicopters in the area.
— Irrawaddy

UEC Chairman separately meets DRI rep, ROK Amb
Union Election Commission Chairman U Hla Thein held two separate meetings with Ms Eva Gil, Resident Representative for Democracy Reporting International (DRI), and the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Mr Lee Sang-hwa, at his office in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar football teams to take on host Philippines in SEA Games
Many Myanmar athletes are busy preparing and practising for the 30th South East Asian Games to be held in the Philippines from November 30 to December 11.
— Myanmar Times

Senior General meets India Vice Admiral
Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing received Vice Admiral G Askhok Kumar, AVSM, VSM, VCNS of the India Navy and his delegation at Zeya Thiri Beikman Hall in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Dialogue as a tool in peacebuilding and conflict management
The ability to resolve conflict through dialogue rather than violence, is an essential skill for Myanmar to build in order to reach a lasting peace. Dialogue needs to take place not just through the country’s Framework for Political dialogue, but at the community level too, where the impact of conflict is often felt most harshly.
— Reliefweb

Mon Soldier Killed on Myanmar-Thai Border in Karen Attack
The Mon National Liberation Army has reported a death after a dawn attack by the Karen National Liberation Army at the Three Pagodas Pass.
— Irrawaddy

With just five stocks listed on Yangon, Myanmar sets out to launch second exchange
Myanmar plans to set up a second board next year that foreigners can trade on to bolster its moribund stock market.
— DealStreetAsia

The Day Myanmar’s Independence From Britain Was Agreed
On this day in 1947, the prime ministers of Myanmar and Britain signed the treaty by which Myanmar would gain its independence.
— Irrawaddy

41st AMAF: Union Minister Dr Aung Thu attends agricultural meetings in Brunei Darussalam
Brunei Darussalam hosted the 41st Meeting of The ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (41st AMAF), the 19th AMAF Plus Three and the 5th ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry (5th AIMMAF) in its capital Bandar Seri Begawan on 15 and 16 October.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar


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This week’s Myanmar morning news feature photo focus on International Day of Rural Women, October 15.


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