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Myanmar: The Weekly Roundup for September 18th - 25th 28 Sep 2015 0 comments

Japan to back industrial zone

The Week in Summary (Highlights)

  • Those carrying temporary identification cards denied vote in November
  • Japan to back industrial zone
  • More campaigning for November elections

 

National Affairs

  • Buddhist Group Comes Under Fire From Myanmar Politicians, Activists
    Radio Free Asia 25th Sep 2015
    Politicians and activists in Myanmar have criticized an influential Buddhist national group for holding large public gatherings across the country to celebrate the passage of a set of four controversial laws, fearing the intermingling of religion with politics ahead of the Nov. 8 general elections in a country that has suffered major inter-religious violence in recent years.
  • Myanmar uses green card argument to defend barring stateless Rohingya from voting
    The Japan Times 25th Sep 2015
    Myanmar has defended a decision barring 800,000 ethnic minority people from voting in November elections by saying that green card holders can’t vote in U.S. elections either.
  • Myanmar president broadcasts democratic credentials in election push
    Reuters 23rd Sep 2015
    Myanmar's President Thein Sein portrayed himself as a champion of free speech in a video released on Wednesday, adding to speculation he may look to serve a second term as a national election campaign hots up.
  • NUP candidate promises a university in Nay Pyi Taw
    The Myanmar Times 23rd Sep 2015
    A National Unity Party candidate in Nay Pyi Taw has promised to push for a university in the capital if elected to office.
  • Suu Kyi questions motives behind flawed voter lists
    Eleven Myanmar 23rd Sep 2015
    At a campaign event in Kawhmu on September 22, Aung San Suu Kyi questioned the competence of the Union Election Commission for its failure to produce accurate voter lists. She speculated that the government may be trying to prevent people from voting.
  • Suu Kyi urges ‘brave’ votes, touts constituency development
    The Malaysian Insider 22nd Sep 2015
    Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Tuesday supporters need not be afraid when they cast ballots in a landmark election, as she railed against government neglect while campaigning in her rural constituency.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi Vows Good Governance If Her Party Wins Myanmar Elections
    Radio Free Asia 21st Sep 2015
    Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi pledged to deliver good governance if her party wins the general elections in November in an address to supporters from her home constituency at a campaign rally Monday, while members of her party expressed concern that errors on current voter lists could hamper a fair vote.

Regional Affairs

  • Myanmar, China to cooperate in preventing illegal timber production
    Mizzima 25th Sep 2015
    Myanmar and China will cooperate in addressing the issue of illegal timber production, Myanmar’s Environmental Conservation and Forest Minister U Win Tun told a consultation workshop for Myanmar-China Timber Trade Stakeholders in Nay Pyi Taw Thursday, according to aXinhua report on 24 September.
  • Myanmar unveils huge Japan-backed industrial zone
    The Express Tribune 23rd Sep 2015
    Myanmar and Japanese dignitaries on Wednesday launched the first phase of a huge industrial zone on the outskirts of Yangon, as the long-isolated nation pushes to rapidly accelerate its industrialisation.
  • China hopes for smooth general election in Myanmar
    Mizzima 23rd Sep 2015
    China hopes for a smooth general election for Myanmar in November, Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan said on Monday according to a report by Xinhua on 21 September.
  • ‘India the model for Myanmar’
    Mizzima 23rd Sep 2015
    Indian vice-president Hamid Ansari feels his country's polity offers a 'ready model' for Myanmar as it seeks to institutionalise democracy through the Nov 2015 elections.

Business

  • First label and tag factory begins production in Myanmar
    Fibre 2 Fashion 25th Sep 2015
    Baolaixin Industry Development, a Hong Kong based company, has become the first company to begin production of labels and hang tags for garments in Myanmar, as per Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association's (MGMA) website.
  • Research and Markets: Myanmar Crude Oil Refinery Outlook to 2020
    Business Wire 25th Sep 2015
    Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Myanmar Crude Oil Refinery Outlook to 2020" report to their offering.
  • $855,000 loss in Myanmar Coca Cola warehouse fire
    Can-India News 24th Sep 2015
    A five-hour fire in Coca Cola warehouse in Myanmar has caused a loss of over $855,000, an official report said on Friday.
  • Myanmar’s mining investment and its discontents
    East Asia Forum 23rd Sep 2015
    Following five decades of rule by socialist and military governments, under which the country became one of the least developed countries in the world, a new chapter of Myanmar’s engagement with the international community was opened in March 2011.
  • Race narrows for Southwest New City
    The Myanmar Times 23rd Sep 2015
    Three separate companies are still in the running to develop the mammoth Southwest Yangon New City project.
  • International brands attracted to Myanmar
    Mizzima 23rd Sep 2015
    Rising incomes, an expanding economy and changing consumer patterns are attracting a growing number of international brands to Myanmar.
  • KBZ and Microsoft sign tech deal
    Myanmar Times 22nd Sep 2015
    Microsoft has signed an agreement with Kanbawza (KBZ) Group of Companies, which the US company calls its largest IT tie-up in Myanmar to date.
  • Japanese company to build logistics centre at Thilawa SEZ
    Myanmar Times 22nd Sep 2015
    Japanese company Daizen Myanmar will soon start construction of a logistics hub in Thilawa special economic zone (SEZ).
  • Myanmar's ABC wants partners for basics
    Bangkok Post 22nd Sep 2015
    ABC Group, operator of ABC convenience stores in Myanmar, is looking for foreign partners to help it expand.
  • Foreign investments seek quick rewards
    Eleven Myanmar 22nd Sep 2015
    Myanmar receives a massive inflow of foreign investments into sectors that produce short-term benefits, despite efforts to boost investment in agriculture and infrastructure sectors, said Aung Naing Oo, the director-general of the Directorate of Investments and Companies Administration.
  • Myanmar gears up to control tobacco products market
    Eleven Myanmar 21st Sep 2015
    According to a workshop meeting on taxation of cigarettes and tobacco products, Myanmar taxes manufacturers only based on products’ factory value, resulting in tax evasion and low tax rates for duty-free factories.

Finance

  • Central Bank official responds to NLD’s call for greater autonomy
    Myanmar Times 22nd Sep 2015
    To encourage an autonomous Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) is one of the priorities outlined by the National League for Democracy (NLD) in its draft economic policies, but officials say they are already on the right track.

Infrastructure

  • Asian Highway to Link India, Myanmar, and Thailand
    The Establishment Post 25th Sep 2015
    A new section of the planned Asian highway linking India, Myanmar, and Thailand has become operational. The 25.6 kilometer roadway will reduce travel time between Thinggan Nyenaung and Kawkareik from three hours to 45 minutes.
  • IFC to lead sustainable hydro in Myanmar
    The Myanmar Times 23rd Sep 2015
    The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has signed to advise the government on environmental and social risk management for hydropower projects nationwide.

Health

  • How smartphones fill the healthcare gap in Myanmar
    National Geographic 22nd Sep 2015
    The cousins are determined for the story to change. They created the country’s first mobile health app and it sends messages to users’ phones, catered to their needs.

Technology

  • Logging On: New Internet Cable Boosts Myanmar’s Connectivity with Neighbors
    ASEAN Briefing 23rd Sep 2015
    Earlier this week Jiang Zhengxin – vice general manager of China United Telecommunications Corp. –revealed that the company has been contracted to construct China’s first international undersea cable linking China and Myanmar.
  • UK Gov’t Leads $56M Round For Daraz, Rocket’s Amazon Clone In Pakistan, Bangladesh And Myanmar
    Tech Crunch 22nd Sep 2015
    Earlier this month, Rocket Internet announced that it would be stepping up aggressive growth in Asia once more, with one new launch per quarter to expand in emerging markets.
  • Myanmar’s e-revolution aids transparency, media control
    The Hindu 19th Sep 2015
    In the new age of election campaigns, it wouldn’t seem surprising that the two most prominent leaders in the country, Aung San Suu Kyi, and former speaker Thura Shwe Mann, include Facebook and social media in campaign strategies for general elections on November 8. But in Myanmar, it is one more symbol of the dramatic changes that have marked the country in the past few years.

Travel

  • Irrawaddy River, Burma: Trip of a Lifetime
    Telegraph 24th Sep 2015
    Burma’s great river, the Irrawaddy, runs from the Himalayas to the Indian Ocean – and the best way to explore it is on a cruise, says Gill Charlton
  • Myanmar to set up elephant sanctuary
    Can-India News 24th Sep 2015
    Myanmar authorities will set up an elephant sanctuary and several rehabilitation camps in the country’s southern Bago mountains, officials said on Thursday.

Culture

  • Myanmar Floods Spark Concerns About Deforestation
    Voice of America 24th Sep 2015
    This year's monsoon floods in Myanmar, the most severe in a decade, affected an estimated 1.6 million people and killed more than 100. Almost 400,000 hectares of farmland, largely rice paddies, along with fish ponds and farm animals, were lost. A tropical cyclone followed the devastation wrought by monsoon storms, sweeping away homes, roads and bridges.

Entertainment

  • Angelina Jolie Urges Burma’s Citizens to Vote in Landmark Polls
    Time 21st Sep 2015
    "Make sure your name is on the list so you can vote on election day"

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