Myanmar morning news for June 14

Myanmar morning news for June 14

Myanmar morning newsEmerging Opportunities in Myanmar’s Construction Sector
Myanmar’s economy is expected to register a 6.9 percent growth in 2019, following a previous slow down due to political reasons.
— Asean Briefing

Myanmar to allow private plantations to export timber
The government will allow trees grown in plantations owned by the private sector and state-owned companies to be harvested for their timber and exported.
— Myanmar Times

Govt allows foreign companies to export rice, other commodities
The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) will now allow foreign and joint venture companies to export specific food and commodity items, according to Notification 24/2019 released on June 6.
— Myanmar Times

Govt to launch financial inclusion roadmap soon
FOLLOWING liberalisation of the banking and insurance sectors by allowing 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI), Myanmar plans to launch a financial inclusion road map by next month, according to Thant Zin, director at the Financial Regulatory Department (FRD).
— Eleven Myanmar

Over 1.8 million Tourist arrivals in five months
Till May this year, the number of tourists coming to Myanmar hit over 1.8 million, a 24-per-cent increase compared with the same period last year. And the number of Chinese tourist arrivals increased to 137 per cent, according to the figures from the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar issues climate change policies as World Bank sounds environment alarm
IN RESPONSE to emerging environmental issues caused by heavy reliance on natural resources, Myanmar has come up with new policies on national environment and climate change as well as a master plan, Kyaw Zaw, deputy permanent secretary at the natural and environmental conservation ministry, said.
— The Nation

New Competition Commission already under fire
Myanmar’s professed commitment to competition reform has come under fire after the government packed the new Competition Commission with bureaucrats serving under a minister.
— Myanmar Times

LNG imports to play part in beating Myanmar blackouts
Myanmar Ministry of Electricity & Energy permanent secretary Tin Maung Oo has vowed that the country’s blackouts will be a thing of the past come 2020, writes Amanda Battersby. More than 90% of gas consumed
— UpStream Online

Some representatives suggest lowering military chief’s authority in the charter
Some members of the Joint Charter Amendment Committee have suggested that the authority of the Commander-In-Chief and the percentage of MPs enshrined in Section 436 of the 2008 Constitution, should be reduced.
— Eleven Myanmar

CBM to approve QR code payment transactions soon
Digital payments using QR codes will be introduced to Myanmar as soon as the framework for such payments are ready.
— Myanmar Times

Samsung confident of staying on top in hot phone market
Zarni Win Htet, head of the information technology and mobile group at Samsung Myanmar, says his company is well-placed to solidify its position at the forefront of the country’s mobile phone market.
— Myanmar Times

Seven Immigration staffs including officer charged with Corruption
Seven Immigration staffs including officer from Lashio Township Immigration and Population Department in northern Shan State and their partner were charged with corruption law, according to the announcement frmo the Anti-Corruption Commission(ACC) issued yesterday.
— Eleven Myanmar

Rohingya repatriation: BD informs UN about Myanmar’s non-cooperation
Bangladesh has shared the existing problems regarding the Rohingya issue with the UN and informed it about Myanmar’s non-cooperation in starting the repatriation.

Kyaukphyu power deal expected ‘within weeks’: Supreme Group
The consortium developing a 135-megawatt power project at Kyaukphyu in Rakhine State expects final approval of a power purchase agreement within weeks, a spokesperson says.
— Frontier Myanmar

Myanmar, UN agency to cooperate in country program
Myanmar government and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have signed a letter of agreement on cooperation in the UNFPA’s 4th Country Program 2018-2022, according to the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations Thursday.
— Xinhua

Expect longer blackouts until June 20, YESC says
Members of the public are expressing anger with the Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation (YESC) for announcing longer power cuts in the city.
— Myanmar Times

CSO says energy sector exploited through politics
An energy sector civil society organization (CSO) said it thought the energy sector was being exploited through politics though the State was working for electrification of the entire country by 2030.
— Mizzima

‘Huge potential for partnership between Manipur and Myanmar’ – Manipur Chief Minister
There is huge potential for partnership in cultural tourism between Manipur and Myanmar as Manipur shares strong cultural affinities with Myanmar. Investments in infrastructure, skill development and film production have great potential while simultaneously promoting traditional and cultural art forms, and generating employment for the youth, said chief minister Nongthombam Biren, the Imphal Free Press reported.
— Mizzima

Narcotics worth 459 million kyats seized in Rakhine
Myanmar authorities seized narcotic drugs worth 459 million kyats (306,000 U.S. dollars) from two Bangladeshi women in Rakhine state, according to the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (CCDAC) Xinhua reported.
— Mizzima

State Counsellor receives EU Special Representative for Human Rights
State Counsellor and Union Minister for Foreign Affairs Daw Aung San Suu Kyi received the delegation led by Mr. Eamon Gilmore (former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland), the European Union’s Special Representative for Human Rights, at 2:30 pm on 13 June 2019 at the Ministry of Foreign.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

National Seminar on Strengthening Health Promoting School continues
National Seminar on Strengthening Health Promoting School continued its second day at Myanmar International Center II in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar reneging on its promise
While briefing foreign diplomats in Dhaka on Tuesday, the foreign minister lamented the mendacious position of Myanmar regarding the Rohingya issue, particularly its position on the repatriation of Rohingyas.
— The Daily Star

Deputy Minister inspects TV relay station, IPRD offices in Pyay, Thayawady
U Aung Hla Tun, Deputy Minister for Information, inspected the TV retransmission tower in Pyay and the Information and Public Relations Departments (IPRD) of Pyay and Thayawady districts yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar launches anti-child labour campaign
THOUGH more than 600,000 children are still engaged in work that harms their health, safety and well-being, Myanmar is trying to implement a national-level project to eradicate child labour, Nyunt Win, director-general of the factories and general labour laws inspection department, said.
— The Nation

Union Minister for SWRR receives EU Special Representative for Human Rights
Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye received European Union’s Special Representative for Human Rights Mr. Eamon Gilmore and party at the ministry’s Maykhalar Hall yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Three northeastern prisons 3 times over capacity: official
Myitkyina, Lashio and Nyaungshwe prisons in northeastern Myanmar are holding three times more inmates than they were built for, according to the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission.
— Myanmar Times

Rice export price drops, but rate climbs in domestic market
The price of rice in the domestic market is rising in spite of the decline in rates in the export market, said U Than Oo, secretary, Bayintnaung commodity depot. “In the domestic market, the price of long grain rice with pointed ends has climbed to K22,000-23,000 per bag.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Celebrating Pinoy Flavors in the Heart of Yangon
The diverse and rich flavors of the Philippines are available as an all-you-can-eat buffet for one week only at Sule Shangri-La Yangon.
— Irrawaddy

Twenty-three Chinese Banana Plantion Workers Deported From Myanmar
Ten Chinese nationals were deported from Myanmar last month after having been discovered illegally staying in the country in connection with their work on banana plantations in Kachin state.
— Radio Free Asia

More than 600,000 Children Doing Hazardous Work in Myanmar: ILO
Nearly 10 percent of the country’s children aged 5-17 are involved in labor of some kind, survey finds.
— Irrawaddy

Senior General receives Filipino Lt-Gen, EU Special Rep separately
Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing received Lt-Gen Rozzanod Briguez, Commanding General, the Philippines Air Force at Zeyathiri Beikman in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

E&P on the move in Myanmar with new round on cards
High hopes for next licensing exercise as several projects enter engineering design phase
— UpStream Online

Daw Khin Kyi Foundation gets Everyday English for Student bulletins for needy students
Retirees Association of News and Periodicals Enterprise has been publishing Everyday English for Student bulletins for students of third to tenth standard to contribute to their English language skills improvement, to donate the bulletins to needy students and to assist in the social welfare activities for retirees.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

An Insider’s View of Changes at the Formerly Military-Run GAD
Key developments at the agency include making training more useful and offering it to lower-level officials, says public policy expert who is assisting the reform process.
— Irrawaddy

AA Says It Will Free 8 Detainees When Calm Returns to S. Chin State
Armed group abducted the construction workers in late March, accusing them of spying for the Myanmar military.
— Irrawaddy

Kayah govt welcomes stakeholders at community tourism conference
More transparency and improved coordination in bureaucratic procedures and community-centred planning are critical for the development of responsible tourism in Myanmar regions and states, experts emphasised at the latest tourism conference in Loikaw, Kayah State.
— Myanmar Times


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This week’s morning news photo features World Day Against Child Labour, June 12.


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