Myanmar Morning News For August 15

Myanmar Morning News For August 15

Myanmar morning news32 companies start commercial operations in Thilawa SEZ
A total of 87 companies from 17 countries have invested in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone Project. Thirty-two companies have begun commercial operations there, according to a press statement issued by the President’s Office.
— Eleven Myanmar

US companies monitor Myanmar reforms
There has been an enormous increase in the number of US companies keeping an eye on political and economic reforms taking place in Myanmar, said George Sibley, the deputy chief of mission of the US embassy in Myanmar.
— Eleven Myanmar

No Easy Way to Improve Myanmar’s Economy, Experts Say
The National League for Democracy (NLD)’s economic advisor U Myo Myint blamed a legacy of inept bureaucracy, deep-rooted corruption, military control, and a lack of cooperation among ministries for his party’s poor economic performance.
— The Irrawaddy

Jade sales at 54th Gem Emporium down due to poorer quality
The jade exhibition, which opened on August 2 at the Mani Yadana Jade Hall in Nay Pyi Taw, closed August 11 after raking in €518 million worth of gems sold through an open tender system. A total of 105 out of 326 gem lots were sold for €3.07 million, while 5,092 out of 6,561 jade lots were sold for €515 million, U Min Thu said.
— Myanmar Times

Socio-economic surveys to be conducted in Rakhine camps
A socio-economic development survey will be conducted in the camps opened by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Rescue and Resettlement and villages in Rakhine State at the end of August, according to Minister Win Myat Aye.
— Myanmar Times

Villages around Loikaw hydropower project lack electricity
About half of the households in the villages near the Beluchaung hydropower project in Loikaw Township, Kayah State, have no access to electricity, according to village administrators and town elders.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar workers march to call for minimum wage rise
About 2,000 workers have marched for a daily minimum wage increase and also called on the government to provide them with social welfare housings.
— Bangkok Post

Myanmar National Human Rights Commission checks prisons
The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) conducted inspections in the northern Shan State to determine the conditions of the inmates and find out about their concerns, a commission member said.
— Myanmar Times

Elephant poacher captured in Ayeyawady Region
A joint anti-poaching patrol in Tharpaung Township in Ayeyawady Region has arrested three men after they were discovered curing elephant skin on 13 August.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar has made substantive progress: Norway envoy
Over the past few years, Myanmar has made substantive progress in democratic development, but much work remains to be done, according to Norwegian Ambassador Ms Tone Tinnes.
— Myanmar Times

MIC approves another offshore oil and gas supply base
The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has approved an application to build an offshore supply base on Made Island, in Kaukphyu, Rakhine State, by the Myanmar Chemical & Machinery Company, according to an official MIC statement.
— Myanmar Times

Road map needed for Myanmar’s transition, say experts
Myanmar needs a road map for its transition from a military dictatorship to a full democracy.
— Mizzima


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