Myanmar Morning News For November 3

Myanmar Morning News For November 3

Myanmar morning newsTillerson to make 1st trip to Myanmar amid Rohingya crisis
Top U.S. diplomat Rex Tillerson will make his first trip to Myanmar this month to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, the State Department said Thursday.
The Washington Post 

Myanmar slips in business ranking despite what gov’t says
DESPITE the government’s aim to push Myanmar up the World Bank’s ranking for ease of doing business, the country has fallen one place since last year and remains the least favourable country to conduct business within the ASEAN region.
Myanmar Times 

Myanmar Land Rights Activist Beaten to Death by Mob in Shan State
A Myanmar land rights activist who challenged illegal land grabs in northern Shan State was beaten to death this week by a mob of some 20 people, a fellow unionist told RFA’s Myanmar Service on Thursday.
Radio Free Asia 

Aung San Suu Kyi Makes First Visit to Rohingya Conflict Zone in Myanmar
For the first time since Myanmar’s military unleashed violence against Rohingya Muslims in August, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel laureate who heads the civilian government, on Thursday visited the state where the atrocities have been taking place.
The New York Times

Persecution, neglect and silence deepen Rohingya crisis
Ethnic cleansing of Rohingya in Myanmar has strong parallels with the genocide of ethnic Tutsis in Rwanda, one of the worst atrocities of modern times.

Why sanctions may not work on Myanmar’s military
Just a year after then US President Barack Obama announced the lifting of sanctions on Myanmar, the White House is considering reimposing targeted ones. In Europe, which Myanmar military chief Min Aung Hlaing toured earlier this year, officials have suspended invitations to him while reviewing defence cooperation.
The Straits Times (paywall)

Border trade value declines at all seven camps
The value of trade at seven border trade camps with the largest trade with China and Thailand, including Muse and Myawady camps, has declined by over US$310 million (420 billion kyat) when compared with the same period last year, according to figures from the Trade Department.
Eleven Myanmar 

Campaign Targets Myanmar Elephant Poaching
A six-month campaign raising awareness of elephant poaching and wildlife smuggling will launch on Nov. 4 in response to an alarming rate of elephant poaching in Myanmar—one per week since January.
The Irranwaddy

Myanmar Rohingya must return as citizens: UN refugee chief
Myanmar must grant citizenship to the Rohingya to allow hundreds of thousands of people from the Muslim minority to return to Rakhine state from where they were driven by an army campaign, the UN refugee chief said Thursday.
Manila Bulletin 


Govt to inform parliament of start of Yangon new town plan
Yangon is creating a southwest development plan for Dala, Seikkyi Kanaungto and Hlaingthaya townships, while the Construction Ministry has agreed to negotiate a starting date with the Yangon regional government and inform parliament of the outcome, deputy minister Kyaw Tin told parliament on November 1.
Eleven Myanmar 

Change of fiscal year approved despite high level of scepticism
A new budget period starting from October 1 to September 30 will commence in the 2018-19 fiscal year. The Myanmar governments current fiscal year is the 12-month period from April 1 to March 31. A letter proposing the change was submitted to Parliament by President U Htin Kyaw last week.
Myanmar Times

Why the construction sector is ailing and how it could recover
To help the construction and real estate sectors expand and stay profitable, government support in the form of tax and loan policy reforms is necessary, developers said.
Myanmar Times 

By the people, for the people: Why state and regional governments should produce Citizens Budgets
Budgets lay at the heart of development asthe most powerful mechanism by which a government works to meet the needs of its people. To maximise such a tool, however, requires fiscal transparency. Fiscal transparency refers to the clear and comprehensive disclosure of how public resources are collected, managed, and spent, andis a key component of strong democratic governance.
Myanmar Times 

Thailand ready to share sufficiency economy experiences with Myanmar
Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai was in Myanmar on Oct 29-30 for an official visit during which he had a meeting with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the armed forces of Myanmar.
Thai PBS 

Thailand backs Myanmar on Rakhine, vows to get truth out
Thailand fully understands and supports the actions of Myanmar on the festering problem in northern Rakhine State and the kingdom would help explain the true situation to the international community.
Myanmar Times

Yangon judiciary gets the highest number of complaints
Complaints related to the judiciary sector in Yangon swamped a regional committee that monitors the performance of the government bureaucracy, the police and the judiciary, a high court lawyer who is a member of the body told The Myanmar Times on Tuesday.
Myanmar Times

Mobile care units serve Rakhine
Ten mobile care units are providing medical checkups for contagious and infectious diseases in Rakhine State, including to Muslim villagers awaiting to emigrate to Bangladesh near Layyinpyankwin village, Maungdaw township.
Myanmar Times 

Unions seek K5600 minimum wage
A group of 13 labour unions and labour rights organisations agreed to push for minimum wages not lower than K5600 as debates on the issue heats up ahead of the self-imposed deadline of the National Committee for Minimum Wages to come up with a proposal by December.
Myanmar Times 

Think tank releases data on villages burnt in Rakhine State
The Myanmar Institute for Peace and Security (MIPS), in a preliminary assessment based primarily on open source information entitled “Attack, Arson and Exodus in Rakhine,” provides statistics on the number of villages burnt in Rakhine State in the wake of the August terrorist attacks.

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