Myanmar Morning News For December 21

Myanmar Morning News For December 21

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar: UN human rights investigator barred from entering country amid Rohingya crisis
The UN independent investigator into human rights in Myanmar has called for stronger international pressure to be exerted on Myanmar’s military commanders after being barred from visiting the country for the rest of her tenure.
— ABC News

Two Missing Reuters Journalists Will Face Court Soon, Myanmar Says
A spokesman for Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Wednesday he had been informed that the police had almost completed their investigation of two arrested Reuters journalists, after which a court case against them would begin.
— Time (video)

Ten bodies found in Myanmar mass grave: army
Myanmar’s army said it found 10 corpses in a mass grave in a largely Rohingya village in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state, the epicentre of a violent military crackdown that triggered a mass exodus of the Muslim minority.
— Mizzima

UNFC waits to meet State Counsellor, military chief
The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) offered to meet with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing more than a week ago, but no reply has been received, said Tun Zaw, central executive committee member of the UNFC.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar migrant workers protest at embassy in Bangkok
Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand held a protest in front of Myanmar embassy in Bangkok on December 19, asking officials to give protection to them.
— Eleven Myanmar

New companies law projected to heal “sick” economy
THOUGH recent surveys have stressed a drastic decline of investor confidence in Myanmar, the government still believes it is on the right track given the recent enactment of long-awaited new companies law.
— Myanmar Times

Uncertainty mars investor confidence in Myanmar
INVESTOR confidence in Myanmar has drastically dropped this year due to the lack of clear economic policies and action plans as well as other drawbacks such as skills shortage and rising labour costs, according to the second Myanmar Business Survey conducted by Roland Berger, a global consultancy firm.
— Eleven Myanmar

Growth lowered due to Rakhine risks, but investment potential remains
Economic growth in Myanmar slowed in the 2016-17 fiscal year despite notable reforms and a healthy level of foreign investment commitments, according to the World Bank’s Myanmar Economic Monitor. Over the medium-term, growth may well continue to fall short of expectations as the Rakhine humanitarian crisis continues to unfold.
— Myanmar Times

Yangon City Development Law and Committee to be reformed
The bill amending the Yangon City Development Law and reforming the whole Yangon City Development Committee will be submitted during the sixth session of Yangon Region Parliament, said Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein.
— Eleven Myanmar

PTTEP to focus on Myanmar assets in 2018
Thai oil company PTT Exploration and Production Pcl on Tuesday said it was planning total expenditure of $3.1 billion in 2018, up a touch from the $2.9 billion it earlier estimated for expenditure in 2017.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar exports more rice to Africa
African countries have bought more rice from Myanmar and about 60 per cent of rice carried from sea routes are exported to Africa, said Lu Maw Myint Maung, joint general secretary of Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF).
— Eleven Myanmar

India, Myanmar ink pact for socio-eco development of Rakhine
India and Myanmar today inked an agreement on restoration of normalcy and development of the Rakhine State, from where thousands of Rohingya Muslims recently fled following incidents of violence against the community.
— Business World

Central rubber market expected upon enactment of rubber law in late 2018
The drafting of a new Rubber Law, which aims to create a central rubber market and raise the export quality of Myanmar rubber, is close to three quarters complete and will be enacted in late 2018, U Khaing Min, secretary at the Myanmar Rubber Planters and Producers Association (MRPPA), told The Myanmar Times.
— Myanmar Times

Tourism ministry cancels licenses of 179 tour companies
The Ministry of Hotel and Tourism cancelled the licenses of 179 tours companies in December for failing to renew their licenses within a six months grace period, a senior ministry official told The Myanmar Times on Tuesday.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar Introduces First Six Of 12 Yak-130 Trainers
Myanmar has put into service six Yakovlev Yak-130 twin-engine trainer and light attack aircraft ordered from Russia in 2015.
— Aviation Week (paywall)

New radar to improve weather forecasts for upper Myanmar
More accurate weather forecasts will be released for upper Myanmar with the inauguration of a new radar station in Tada-U township, Mandalay Region, according to the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology of Upper Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar to Bid to Add 88 Uprising to UNESCO Memory of the World Register
Myanmar will make a bid for the inclusion of the 1988 pro-democracy uprising in the Memory of the World Register, according to the committee for the establishment of the 8888 historical museum.
— Irrawaddy


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