Myanmar minister to visit refugee camps in Bangladesh this week
A Myanmar government minister will visit the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh this week, and become the first leader to do so since the humanitarian crisis and exodus of nearly 700,000 Rohingya from Myanmar’s Rakhine state began last August.
— The Straits Times (paywall)
Panama Disease in Myanmar
The feared Tropical Race 4 stem of the Fusarium fungus, which causes the so-called Panama disease in Cavendish bananas, has now also been found in Myanmar. It was previously found in Vietnam and Laos.
— Fresh Plaza
Myanmar to upgrade 3 local airports to receive Chinese tourists
Some local airports will be upgraded to international-standard airports as a part of a slew of projects under China’s Belt and Road (B&R) initiative, according to U Kyaw Win, Union Minister for Planning and Finance.
— The Myanmar Times
Bangkok Airways to Increase Flights to Mandalay, Myanmar
Bangkok Airways has unveiled plans to increase flights between Bangkok and Mandalay, Myanmar.
— Asia Travel Tips
Canada should grant refugee status to persecuted Rohingyas: Bob Rae
Bob Rae says no Myanmar politician, including Nobel laureate and honorary Canadian citizen Aung San Suu Kyi, is above a potential investigation by the International Criminal Court of possible war crimes in her country.
— Global News
Reimpose sanctions against Myanmar
Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Adviser Gowher Rizvi has called for re-imposition of sanctions against Myanmar as a way to put pressure on the Southeast Asian country accused of genocide.
— The Daily Star
Agricultural exports up by US$171 million
The export of agricultural products before the end of this fiscal year (FY) increased by US$171 million, compared with the same period last FY, according to state media.
Digital making inroads in rural, remittance markets
DIGITAL financial services can ensure that the rural people and workers abroad are not left behind as the banking sector evolves and leaps forward. As it will take a lot of time and resources for the digital structures to grow and for consumers to trust and learn to use the services, the sector needs investments which have a long-term horizon for returns.
— The Myanmar Times
Myanmar Rakhine panel hails progress but critics skeptical
A panel advising Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi on the Rakhine crisis said Tuesday it was pleased with some developments, but rights groups cautioned members against being used to cover up alleged atrocities.
— Coconuts Yangon
Myanmar military training jet crashes, pilot killed
A pilot was killed in a Myanmar military training jet crash in Taungoo city on Tuesday, authorities said.
Local EU Statement on the occasion of International Mine Awareness Day
THE World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) is taking a stake in a Yoma Strategic Holdings project to power rural communities, the mainboard-listed Yoma Strategic said on Tuesday.
— The Business Times
As Myanmar Economy Rebounds, Sanctions Risk Gives Some Investors Pause -IMF
The government of Aung San Suu Kyi is opening the economy and growth is rebounding in Myanmar, though the possibility of broader Western sanctions over the Rohingya refugee crisis is nevertheless giving some foreign investors pause, according to a senior IMF official.
— US News/ Reuters
Recommendations provided to raise investments in healthcare, tourism
Last week, the European Chamber, together with German development agency GIZ, presented research findings on the barriers to investment and investment promotion in Myanmar’s healthcare and tourism sectors.
— The Myanmar Times
KNU Still Wants Talks with Military to Settle Standoff After Meeting Postponed
The Karen National Union (KNU) said it will keep trying to negotiate with the Myanmar military, or Tatmadaw, to end a recent standoff after the Tatmadaw postponed a scheduled meeting last week.
— The Irrawaddy
China’s poverty alleviation efforts in Myanmar help ease Rakhine State situation
China has been paying close attention to the Rakhine State conflict in Myanmar and the ensuing refugee exodus to Bangladesh.
Business rues false promises on Yangon squatters
Entrepreneurs in Yangon are tired of waiting for the government to tackle the city’s squatter problem and are skeptical of a recent promise to solve it before the end of its term.
— Frontier Myanmar
Minister says govt is responsible for organizing national-level political dialogu
A coordination meeting on national-level political dialogue is in progress at Office of Mon State Government on April 2. (Photo-Bo Bo Myint)
The government is responsible for organizing a national-level political dialogue for New Mon State Party, Minister Kyaw Tint Swe of State Counsellor Office, Vice-Chairman of National Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC) said.
— Eleven Myanmar
Bangladesh denies refugee boat set sail from its shores
Bangladesh officials said Monday a fishing boat carrying Rohingya Muslims to Southeast Asia did not set sail from its shores, where close to one million refugees live in congested camps.
Utilization of Water Resources in Myanmar
Myanmar is primarily an agricultural country and the economy of the nation is also mainly depends on the agricultural products. To increase the agricultural productions for the rising demand of a growing population, double crop cultivation of paddy rice and other crops has been introduced by implementing the large- scale irrigation systems.
— The Global Newlight of Myanmar
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