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Myanmar: The Weekly Roundup for September 25th - October 2nd 05 Oct 2015 Current Affairs | 0 comments

Infrastructure developments with India and Thailand

The Week in Summary (Highlights)

  • National Ceasefire Agreement on Sunday
  • Further November Election Campaigning 
  • Infrastructure developments with India and Thailand


National Affairs

  • Myanmar: Supporters rally round Aung San Suu Kyi
    BBC 2nd Oct 2015
    Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has addressed a rally in Myanmar's most northern state, Kachin.
  • Fear grows of another stolen poll in Myanmar: Eleven Media
    Straits Times 2nd Oct 2015
    Pressure mounts on the president and election commission as registration 'problems' threaten to rule out two-thirds of the electorate
  • Myanmar's Armed Ethnic Groups to Decide on Date to Sign Peace Accord
    Radio Free Asia 2nd Oct 2015
    Seven armed ethnic groups in Myanmar will meet on Sunday with a government official to decide on a date this month to sign a nationwide cease-fire pact ahead of general elections on Nov. 8, a peace negotiator said.
  • Myanmar-EU investment treaty talks to spill into next year
    The Myanmar Times 1st Oct 2015
    The Myanmar-European Union investment protection agreement could be ready as soon as the beginning of 2016, according to U Aung Naing Oo, director general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration.
  • Myanmar truce talks hit snag as many groups not ready to sign
    Reuters 30rd Sep 2015
    A ceasefire agreement soon to be signed by Myanmar's armed rebel groups and the government is likely to fall short of its goals and will exclude a major group, officials involved in the talks said on Wednesday.
  • Myanmar Political Party Leaders Call For All-Inclusive Peace Accord
    Radio Free Asia 30th Sep 2015
    With only seven of 19 armed ethnic groups in Myanmar agreeing to sign a final nationwide cease-fire accord, some political party leaders on Wednesday called for an all-inclusive pact that embraces rebel factions the government has excluded or which have declined to join the deal that would end decades of civil wars.
  • Myanmar's Election: The 'Real Burmese' Dilemma
    The Diplomat 30th Sep 2015
    A bias for “real Burmese” candidates (and against minorities) threatens the legitimacy of Myanmar’s upcoming election.
  • EU deploys Election Observation Mission to Myanmar
    European Union External Action 29th Sep 2015
    In response to an invitation by the Union Election Commission (UEC), the European Union has deployed an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Myanmar to observe the general elections scheduled for 8 November 2015.
  • Upcoming elections represent milestone in Myanmar’s democratic transition – Ban
    UN News Centre 29th Sep 2015
    The upcoming elections represent a milestone in Myanmar’s transition to democracy, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, adding that their credibility will depend on acceptance of its outcome among the political leaders and the broader population.
  • Ruling USDP Official Vows to Amend Myanmar Charter if Party Wins Election
    Radio Free Asia 28th Sep 2015
    A top official from Myanmar’s ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) on Monday vowed to amend the country’s 2008 military junta-drafted constitution if the party wins general elections scheduled for early November.

Regional Affairs

  • Malaysian franchise industry making inroads in Myanmar
    New Straits Times Online 2nd Oct 2015
    Malaysia’s franchise industry has secured a strong foothold in the emerging Myanmar market, particularly in the food and beverage (F&B) sector.
  • India’s long highway to Myanmar starts to take shape
    The Guardian 27th Sep 2015
    Despite obstacles and local concerns, Narendra Modi’s ambitious $1.3bn plan to link India’s remote northeastern states to the Bay of Bengal is advancing


  • Digicel announces plan to offload Burma subsidiary
    The Irish Times 2nd Oct 2015
    Denis O’Brien to sell 75% stake in company to Edotco
  • Myanmar again near bottom of competition rankings
    The Myanmar Times 1st Oct 2015
    Myanmar ranked near the bottom of the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2015-16 released yesterday, placing 131st overall out of 140.
  • Coca-Cola supports flood relief and rebuilding in Myanmar
    Mizzima 29th Sep 2015
    The Coca-Cola system in Myanmar has actively led relief and rebuilding efforts since early-August, when heavy seasonal rains and Cyclone Komen caused flooding and landslides in 12 of Myanmar’s 14 states and regions, the company reported on its website on 28 September.
  • Myanmar firm and Puma Energy create jet fuel joint venture
    Reuters 26th Sep 2015
    Myanmar's state-owned Myanma Petroleum Products Enterprise (MPPE) has agreed to a joint venture with Puma Energy Group Pte Ltd to distribute jet fuel, the state-owned Myanma Alinn daily reported on Saturday.


  • Myanmar central bank issues anti-money laundering guidelines
    Bangkok Post 2nd Oct 2015
    The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has published guidelines for financial institutions on managing the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing.
  • ANZ wins green light for Myanmar office
    The Australian 30th Sep 2015
    ANZ has received final regulatory approval from Myanmar’s central bank for the opening of a branch in Yangon.


  • Myanmar-Thailand road cuts through last wilderness
    Straits Times 30th Sep 2015
    Across the open door of the immigration office, a black dog sleeps, his ears twitching. It is a slow day at the border, under the tropical afternoon sun.
  • 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.

Food & Agriculture

  • Thai rice illegally imported into Myanmar
    Myanmar Times 1st Oct 2015
    As domestic rice prices increase, cheaper and higher quality rice is now being illegally imported from Thailand, Myanmar rice traders say.


  • From ambulances to funerals, volunteers prop up Myanmar healthcare
    Yahoo News 2nd Oct 2015
    With lights flashing and sirens blaring, volunteer ambulance driver Myint Hein weaves through traffic-choked Yangon, a lifeline in Myanmar where healthcare was crippled by decades of chronic underfunding during junta rule.


  • Telenor Myanmar turns one
    The Myanmar Times 28th Sep 2015
    Telenor Myanmar is celebrating its first birthday, having launched its service in Mandalay one year ago.


  • Despite language barriers, finding kindness, connections and Buddhas in Myanmar
    National Post 30th Sep 2015
    The 77-year-old man didn’t speak a word of English and my Burmese vocabulary was limited to thank you. Somehow, though, we were able to connect over an open fire in his tiny home in the mountains outside Pindaya, Myanmar.
  • Emerald Waterways offers Myanmar sailings
    Travel Weekly 30th Sep 2015
    Emerald Waterways is introducing a Myanmar itinerary next year that includes an Irrawaddy River sailing.


  • Disappearing world: Pictured the crumbling village of temples being reclaimed by the Myanmar jungle (which can only be reached by boat)
    Daily Mail 30th Sep 2015
    Hidden in the heart of the Myanmar jungle is an enchanting wonderland of crumbling temples - only accessible to the outside world by a tiny canal. Only those who know how to weave their way in and out of the dense overgrowth can navigate here, but it is well worth the mission. The Indein village is a visual feast of impressive pagodas and temples that nature is trying to reclaim..


  • Miss Universe Myanmar bids for uncensored broadcast
    Myanmar Times 30th Sep 2015
    Parading Myanmar pageant hopefuls return to the Miss Universe stage on October 3 in Yangon. This year’s broadcast, however, has potential for the beauty battle to air uncensored – including the swimsuit portion – on a TV screen near you.

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