Myanmar morning news for January 17

Myanmar morning news for January 17
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Myanmar to issue up to 10 foreign bank licences
The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has kicked off a process to allow foreign banks to start retail operations in the country from 2021.
— Vantageasia

Myanmar Has Blazed a Path to Democracy Without Rights
The paradox at the heart of the Rohingya genocide has always been Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
— Foreign Policy

Singapore investors explore opportunities in Myanmar construction
Over the years, the Myanmar government has stepped up its efforts to bring in foreign direct investment (FDI) to the country. Being more pro-business and open to FDI, potential opportunities for foreign companies willing to invest in Myanmar are vast, particularly in the construction industry as one of the main pillars of the economy.
— Myanmar Times

China views Myanmar as a gateway to the Indian Ocean, but concerns remain
With Chinese President Xi Jinping poised to visit Myanmar this week, questions surround what will be discussed in the closed-door sessions with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the Military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, given the importance of the country for Beijing’s strategic outreach.
— BNI Online

Myanmar buys 10 new train carriages from S.Korea
10 new air-conditioned train carriages bought from South Korea will be up and running on the Mandalay-Myinkyina rail road in early March, according to the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
— The Star Online

SCB wants Myanmar licence
Siam Commercial Bank is seeking approval from the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) to upgrade SCB’s representative office to operate under a bank subsidiary licence in the neighbouring country.
— Bangkok Post

Conflicts in Myanmar a challenge for businesses, says World Bank
Myanmar is expected to grow at a rate of 6.4 percent in fiscal 2019-20 from as a result of higher government spending and private investments but a rising occurrence of conflict and violence could hold investors back, according to the World Bank’s Myanmar Economic Monitor report, released Tuesday.
— Myanmar Times

China boosts oil and gas imports via Myanmar
China imported more oil and gas last year via the parallel import pipelines that traverse Myanmar than in the previous year. China last year imported 79.2 million barrels of crude via the onshore pipeline that runs from Kyauk Phyu in Myanmar’s Rakhine
— Upstream Online

Myanmar national feared drowned off Samalaju beach
The search for a missing man who was feared drowned during swimming outing with seven other friends at the Samalaju beach next to the Samalaju Port resumed yesterday.
— The Borneo Post

What Xi wants in Myanmar may not be what he gets
If there were any doubts around China’s thinking about where to direct its money and influence in Southeast Asia, they were dispelled by the recent announcement that Xi Jinping would visit Myanmar on 17 and 18 January, the first state visit by a Chinese leader to its southern neighbour in 19 years.
— Lowy Institute

China leaves rivals in the dust with influence in Myanmar
Taiwan’s presidential election on January 11 made Chinese foreign policy look messier than it actually is. Tsai Ing-wen won a handsome victory on a wave of umbrage against China’s habit of pushing its smaller neighbors around. Her landslide suggested missteps and overreach by President Xi Jinping too.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi Visits Kayah State as Party Tries to Improve Ties With Ethnic Groups
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with ethnic Karenni youth in eastern Kayah state Wednesday to discuss local grievances there, the latest step to shore up her ruling National League for Democracy’s relations with ethnic groups as the party faces year-end elections.
— Radio Free Asia

Will India miss chance offered by Myanmar?
As China and Myanmar deepen relations, many Westerners believe that India’s strategic room in the Indian Ocean region would be squeezed. New Delhi has a similar standpoint, thinking it should strengthen cooperation with countries in the vicinity so as to neutralize the increasing strategic presence of China in the region.
— Global Times

Ports, trains and trade: Xi to offer Myanmar billion-dollar bounty
A high-speed rail line to the east, a deep-sea port to the west, and a makeover for commercial heart Yangon — Chinese leader Xi Jinping arrives in Myanmar on Friday laden with investment pledges worth billions which could reshape the country.
— Mizzima

Reform of Myanmar Human Rights Commission Lacks Transparency, Critics Say
The Myanmar government replaced its entire National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) on Tuesday, replacing all previous members with new commissioners. But according to some observers, the re-formation comes without any changes to relevant legislation or transparency in the selection process.
— Irrawaddy

Trio of Shell and Woodside offshore Myanmar permits expire
Shell and Woodside Petroleum have allowed three offshore exploration blocks in Myanmar to expire. Woodside said in its latest quarterly that Blocks AD-5, AD-2 and A-4 had.
— Upstream Online

Myanmar assures safety of telecom towers in the country
Radiation emitted by telecommunication towers in the country is well within the international safety standards, a senior official of the Directorate of Communications said.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar Homeowners Arrested After Chinese Migrant Border Raid in Myawaddy
Four Myawaddy homeowners face prosecution after a raid found they were sheltering Chinese citizens amid complaints of an influx of unruly migrants.
— Irrawaddy

Tatmadaw vows to release results of northern Rakhine court martial
The Tatmadaw (Myanmar’s military) vowed to release all the information about the court martial proceedings on troops accused of violating military regulations in Northern Rakhine operations in 2017, a senior military spokesman said on Thursday.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar Launches Report Riddled With Untruths – OpEd
On January 8, 2020 the Government of Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a report titled “Rakhine State: A Snapshot of Myanmar’s current efforts for peace and reconciliation.”
— Eurasia Review

Japan backs Myanmar over genocide charges
The western camp finds itself divided over the Myanmar controversy. After India, Japan also maintains that there has been no genocide of the Rohingya people, but rather a counter-terrorist crackdown on the “Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army,” also known by its former name Harakah al-Yaqin, or “Faith Movement.”
— Voltairenet

Myanmar CSOs Urge Xi Jinping to Terminate Myitsone Dam Project
Civil society groups have called for transparency, impact assessments as Myitsone Dam, other Chinese projects in Kachin State are causing social, environmental problems.
— Irrawaddy

Violence in Myanmar could hamper growth – World Bank
Continuous internal conflict is challenging Myanmar’s long-term economic prospects, according to an official from the World Bank.
— Central Banking

Myanmar children receive free congenital heart surgery in China
A total of 23 Myanmar children have received free congenital heart surgery in southwest China’s Yunnan Province since year 2018.
— Xinhua

State-owned steel mill seeks investors
The Ministry of Planning, Finance, and Industry is seeking expressions of interest from both domestic and foreign investors interested in participating in the recommissioning of the Myingyan Steel Mill.
— Myanmar Times

MIC okays four foreign investment permits with over 10.000 job opportunities this week
Myanmar Investment Commission-MIC approved four foreign investment permits and 17 endorsement process in this week, amounted to over US$ 310 million with 10,102 job opportunities.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

ActionAid to help spur seed production in several areas
The Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Ministry has linked up with ActionAid Myanmar to carry out seed production and help businesses in central plain tropical zone and Ayeyarwady Deltaadapt and ensure climate change.
— Myanmar Times

Xi Jinping Calls for ‘Concrete Planning and Implementation’ of Chinese Projects Ahead of Myanmar Visit
Chinese President Xi Jinping wrote in an op-ed in Myanmar’s state-owned newspapers that it’s time to move ahead on mutually beneficial development projects in Myanmar.
— Irrawaddy

Union Attorney General’s Office conducts Training Course on International Criminal Law
U Kyaw Tint Swe, Union Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor, delivered an opening speech at the Training Course on International Criminal Law conducted by the Union Attorney General’s Office in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Hluttaw organizing central committee, work committees prepare for 15th regular session
The Central Committee and Work Committees for organizing Hluttaw meetings met to prepare for the 15th regular session of the Second Hluttaw yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Court Set to Issue Warrant for US Man Who Failed to Attend Court in Cannabis Case
A Mandalay court is preparing an arrest warrant and to take the bail money for a US man accused of running a cannabis plantation, although he allegedly had a permit.
— Irrawaddy

Fresh, Affordable and Just a Little Spicy: Jana Mon Serves up Myanmar’s Mon Cuisine in Yangon
Myanmar and foreign residents of Yangon are discovering the authentic flavors on offer at Jana Mon, an excellent Mon cuisine restaurant hidden away near Shwedagon Pagoda.
— Irrawaddy

Chinese actress donates to orphanage in Mingaladon
Qiao Xin, the main actress of the Chinese drama series ‘Ode to Joy’, and crew made donations to the Andrew Youth Orphanage in Gontalapaung Village, Mingaladon Township, yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Union Defence Minister receives HCOC chairperson
Union Minister for Defence Lt-Gen Sein Win received Ms Kjersti Andersen, Chairperson of The Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCOC) and Norwegian Ambassador to Austria, at his ministry in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

VP U Henry Van Thio attends stake-driving ceremony for All Chin Society-Yangon Community Hall
The stake-driving ceremony for constructing a community hall in the compound of the All Chin Society-Yangon (ACSY) in Ward 15 of Dagon Myothit East Township, Yangon, was held at 10 am yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar


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She commenced as an intern at AEC News Today and was appointed as a junior writer/ trainee journalist on April 2, 2018

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