Israel says it stopped selling weapons to Myanmar months ago
The Foreign Ministry stated categorically on Thursday that it was no longer selling weapons to Myanmar, which has been accused of ethnic cleansing, amid an international outcry against the arms sales.
— The Times of Israel
Myanmar’s awful schools are a drag on the economy—and politics
ON THE first floor of a crumbling colonial building in Yangon, a teacher taps the words written on the board with a bamboo rod. “Repeat after me so you will remember this by heart,” she instructs. The whole class chants back in unison. The children have been regurgitating sentences all morning. No hands are raised, no questions asked.
— The Economist
China Draws Myanmar Closer as the World Turns Away
For the second time in a week, one of Myanmar’s top leaders is visiting Beijing, as international criticism over the brutal purge of Rohingya Muslims is bringing the neighboring countries together.
— The New York Times
Myanmar Presents New Trademark Bill
The draft of Myanmar’s Trade Mark Law was published in newspapers for public comment. The bill is now being reviewed by the concerned Draft Law Committee of Parliament.
— Inta Bulletin
Will Myanmar’s Rohingya rebels respond?
Ever since Myanmar’s military, or Tatmadaw, swept through northern Rakhine state villages in a campaign of terror and destruction that has displaced well over half a million people, the Rohingya Muslim insurgents whose fumbling assaults on local police posts on August 25 that triggered the atrocities have been largely missing-in-action.
— Asia Times
Rohingya crisis: Australia can’t stay silent on Myanmar’s apartheid
Nearly four decades ago, Australia was one of the world’s most outspoken critics of the apartheid regime in South Africa.
— ABC News
OIC urges Myanmar to address root causes of tensions in Rakhine State
The Organization of the Islamic Cooperation has demanded concrete steps to address the root causes of tensions in Rakhine State of Myanmar.
— Radio Pakistan
Myanmar to hold 3rd session of ‘Panglong Peace Conference’
The Burmese government announced the third session of the Panglong Peace Conference for the last week of January. This was agreed upon at the 6th Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting (JICM) in Naypyitaw on Monday.
— Vatican Radio
China’s NORINCO to expand defence collaboration with Myanmar Armed Forces
The China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) and the Myanmar Armed Forces (MAF) have pledged to expand collaboration with a view to expanding defence trade and related technologies, according to a report by Jane’s 360.
Doing business better in Myanmar
In order to develop a more business-friendly environment in the country, authorities must focus on enhancing the institutional framework – especially improving access to credit.
— Frontier Myanmar
India to start exporting aviation fuel to Myanmar
India’s state-owned oil and gas company, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) will start exporting aviation turbine fuel (ATF) to Myanmar in December, state media reported on 30 November.
CB Bank leads Myanmar’s drive for digitalisation
After years of isolation, Myanmar opened up to the global economy in 2010, and its banking sector sprung to life. Consequently, foreign direct investments started to flow, particularly towards the telecommunications sector.
Online tax payment system to be introduced in February
Instead of making tax payments in cash, a more convenient online payment system will be implemented by the state banks early next year, said deputy director general Dr Khine Shwe Whar from the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM).
— Myanmar Times
Myanmar’s manufacturing PMI shows fastest improvement since May
The Nikkei Myanmar Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index, or PMI, rose to 51.6 in November from 51.1 in October.
— Nikkei Asian Review
Investment key to continued Myanmar mobile growth
Mobile telecoms stood out as a bright spot in Myanmar’s severely under developed national infrastructure sector over the past five years, but growth will be challenged by a lack of government resources, law company Baker McKenzie predicted.
— Mobile World Live
Importers book Myanmar tur for lean season
Pulses importers have started booking tur in large quantities in Myanmar to ship into the country as and when the government opens up imports, possibly early next year.
— Business Standard
Can India and Myanmar Create a Tourist Circuit?
After a Cambodia-Myanmar tourist agreement, could India seek similar cooperation? Myanmar has been in the news lately due to the Rohingya crisis, which is attracting the attention of not just the world media, but also international visitors.
— The Diplomat
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