Myanmar minister orders Rohingya to leave no man’s land
A Myanmar government minister has told Rohingya refugees living in a makeshift camp on the Bangladesh border they should take up a government offer to return, warning they will face “consequences” if they stay where they are.
— Channel NewsAsia
Local banks struggle to meet CBM regulations amid slower economy
Local banks are finding it difficult to meet a set of new regulations set by the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) in July 2017 to modernise the domestic financial sector and better attract foreign direct investments at a time of slower growth.
— Myanmar Times
Minister says Myanmar open to allow casinos: report
Myanmar’s minister for hotels and tourism, Ohn Maung, says the national government is not opposed to casinos being developed in the country, as a way to boost the tourism industry, reports Myanmar-based English-language Eleven Media.
— GGR Asia
Myanmar Military Asks Kachin Rebels to Remove Outposts in Tanaing Region
Myanmar’s military has asked an ethnic militia to remove outposts, including a battalion headquarters, from the Tanaing township gold and amber mining region of Kachin state in the run-up to national peace talks scheduled for later this month.
— Radio Free Asia
Myanmar launches fourth telecom operator
Myanmar’s fourth telecom operator, MyTel, has launched its services after being awarded license, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Monday.
— Xinhua Net
UK’s Johnson urges ‘independent’ probe of Rohingya crisis after Myanmar visit
Britain’s foreign minister Boris Johnson stopped off in Myanmar on Sunday to press Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on the need for an independent probe into violence in Rakhine State, as the country faces mounting pressure to punish troops accused of atrocities against the Rohingya.
— Frontier Myanmar
Myanmar road corridors threaten land and livelihoods
Up to half of Myanmar’s population live in areas that could suffer environmental damage from two giant highways unless the ecological risks are considered, according to a new report from the World Wildlife Fund. The planned roads will form part of China’s continent-crossing network of overseas infrastructure known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
— China Dialogue
Departing lawyer urged NLD govt to get their acts together
ERIC Rose from Herzfeld Rubin Meyer & Rose Law Firm Limited (HRMR), the Myanmar affiliate of New York-based Herzfeld & Rubin PC (H&R), attributed his exit to the combination of government inaction, the Rakhine crisis, remaining US financial sanctions and the suspension of the EU-Myanmar investment protection agreement (IPA), which he alluded to as a “three-legged stool”.
— Myanmar Times
New Airport Brings Myanmar’s Human Rights Record To The Forefront For Tourists
Myanmar is set to open a new international airport in 2022. However, the airport’s construction comes during a time when the country is under scrutiny because of its record on human rights.
Myanmar gov’t declares 2 armed groups non-terrorist organizations
The Myanmar government declared two ethnic armed groups on Sunday non-terrorist organizations, according to an order issued by the Home Ministry.
YCDC profits from farm production, leasing activities
Yangon Region draws profits every year from its farms and other means of production, Yangon Mayor U Maung Maung Soe said at a Yangon Regional Parliament session last week.
— Myanmar Times
Take care of workers sent to Malaysia, Myanmar warns agents
Myanmar has warned recruitment agencies in the country to assume full responsibility for the welfare and protection of its citizens sent to Malaysia for employment.
— Free Malaysia Today
A vote of no confidence from Myanmar’s oldest US law firm
NEW York-based Herzfeld & Rubin PC (H&R) was the first American law firm to set up a base in Myanmar back in 2013, its team made up of advisers to the ex-president U Thein Sein and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
— Myanmar Times
Ethnic entrepreneurs to get own business association
Ethnic entrepreneurs across Myanmar are planning to establish a new business association, according to the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), state media reported on 12 February.
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