Myanmar Morning News For December 12

Myanmar Morning News For December 12

Myanmar morning newsExclusive: Myanmar to delay law that would have allowed more foreign investment
Myanmar will delay a long-awaited reform that would open the door further to foreign investment, two officials told Reuters, a move likely to disappoint cash-starved businesses amid growing doubts over the management of the economy by the country’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.
— Yahoo/Reuters

Myanmar Seeks Agreements With Southeast Asian Countries to Send Maids Abroad
Myanmar’s Labor Ministry is seeking labor migration agreements with the governments of other Southeast Asian countries and territories to send women there to work legally as maids, a government labor official said Monday.
— Radio Free Asia

Thailand on course to promote cross-border trade and investment with Myanmar
Thailand is planning to promote cross-border trade and investment with its neighbors, particularly Myanmar.

Myanmar’s rich and powerful using defamation to silence critics: report
Defamation cases have rocketed since Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government came to power in Myanmar, a report said Monday, as the rich and powerful intensify their use of draconian laws to muzzle civil society and the media.
— Daily Mail

Japan’s Kubota lands major Myanmar waterworks project
Japanese construction equipment maker Kubota has won an order to build waterworks for Yangon, Myanmar’s commercial capital.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Chin needs trade zone to increase exports to India: Commerce official
To promote Chin State’s economy, the government should establish a trade zone, according to a source at the Chin State Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar seeks to regulate ride hailing apps to provide level field
The Myanmar government is looking at coming out with regulations to govern the technology-based ride-hailing app space, seeking to provide a level playing field to the operators.
— Deal Street Asia

New strategy needed to heal “sick” Myanmar economy
A new strategy encompassing the customs and values of the Myanmar people, including members of the Tatmadaw, residents, civilians and nationals residing abroad, is necessary to treat a “sick” Myanmar economy,” said Dr. Myint, who was Chief Economic Advisor of former President U Thein Sein, during the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry Convention 2017 in Yangon on December 9.
— Myanmar Times

Development in Myanmar, Building Peace or Generating Conflict?
News out of Myanmar in recent months has been dominated by the abuses being carried out against the country’s Rohingya minority population. These events often overshadow that Myanmar has also started on a democratic path towards peace and development after decades of military rule and armed ethnic conflicts.
— Reliefweb

Water demand, sanitation top agenda at Myanmar summit
The slow pace of water infrastructure development in the Asia-Pacific region that has failed to keep up with urbanization is among the issues national representatives are expected to discuss at a summit here.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Coastal town land prices ‘skyrocket’ while locals move inland
Land prices at a coastal town in Rakhine State have risen to an “unprecedented level” over the past three years, according to local villagers.
— Eleven Myanmar

What Rohingya rape victims told the pope
The soldiers came without warning in the middle of the night. They torched the village, killed the men, and raped the women and girls.
— UCA News

An AP investigation finds the rape of Rohingya women by Myanmar’s security forces has been sweeping and methodical
An AP investigation finds the rape of Rohingya women by Myanmar’s security forces has been sweeping and methodical.
— ABC News

Rohingya refugees say they fear being sent back to Myanmar
Bangladesh and Myanmar are working on a plan to send hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar.
— Aljazeera (video)

Myanmar’s media development has stalled
The atmosphere surrounding the development of liberal media in Myanmar, which began in earnest and has been carefully nurtured since 2012, is in a serious state of amnesia. This sentiment is widely felt and shared throughout the media community in the country.
— Bangkok Post

Security measures taken up on India-Myanmar border
Necessary security measures has been taken up at all the border areas of the Indian state of Manipur (including the Manipur sector of the Indo-Myanmar International border) to check entry of illegal migrants and thwart unlawful activities in the wake of Rohingya crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and the National Register of Citizens process in Assam, according to Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh.
— Mizzima

Mass JE vaccination kicks off today
With the school-based Japanese encephalitis (JE) vaccination concluded, a wider programme aiming to vaccinate all children between the ages of five and 15 begins today (Monday).
— Eleven Myanmar


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