Myanmar morning news for March 8

Myanmar morning news for March 8

Myanmar morning newsNine sectors to have priority under the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor
Myanmar is prioritising nine sectors covering infrastructure projects under the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor although more specific details as to which of the projects have been chosen remain under wraps.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar attracts over 380,000 foreign tourists in January
About 380,171 foreign tourists visited Myanmar’s states and regions in January, according to the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism Wednesday.
— Global Times

China offers Rohingyas money if they return to Myanmar: Report
A Chinese government delegation reportedly met Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh, promising each refugee up to USD $6,000 if they returned to Rakhine state in Myanmar, a Bangladeshi official and refugee leaders said Tuesday, reports BenarNews of Indonesia.
— The Daily Star

Limited supply in the first half, bulk supply from Myanmar in the second half
Supply from banana production areas has recently been stable and smooth. The influence of Spring Festival [February 5th, 2019] is growing less significant every day. The overall consumer demand for bananas grows in March. In addition, with Spring Festival far behind us, the cost of transport is gradually coming down to regular levels. These two factors combined encourage the growth of banana trade in March. The price of bananas continued to rise in southwestern production areas, though not as rapid as last week.
— Fresh Plaza

Ayeyawady catfish farming project to earn $150 m yearly
A catfish farming project located on 900 acres of land in Pantanaw Township, Ayeyawady Region, will be implanted with a starting capital of K200 billion and the project is expected to earn US$150 million a year, said Htay Myint, president of Myanmar Fisheries Federation.
— Eleven Myanmar

Garment factories supplying EU market accused of targeting union leaders
Workers and activists allege a crackdown on organised labour in Yangon’s garment factories, including those supplying major European brands.
— Frontier Myanmar

MPF plans to produce anti-rabies vaccination
As the number of dog bites increased around Myanmar, Myanmar Pharmaceutical Factory (Insein) (MPF) already planned to produce anti-rabies vaccination, according to the MPF.
— Eleven Myanmar

Domestic airlines need mergers, partnerships to sustain
There is a need for domestic airlines to merge or form partnerships with foreign airlines in order to sustain themselves in the longer-term.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar launches first ever municipal citizen’s budget
The Taunggyi Township Development Affairs Organisation (DAO) has become the country’s first-ever local-government authority to publish its citizen’s budget.
— Myanmar Times

More Than 300 Species in Myanmar Endangered: Report
Myanmar is home to 331 endangered species, according to the latest report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), including birds, orangutans, elephants, deer, freshwater turtles, pangolins and tigers.
— The Irrawaddy

As banking opens up, Yoma Bank finds niche in SME loans and mortgages
With the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) having issues a slew of directives liberalising the Myanmar banking and financial sector over the past 24 months, chief executive Hal G Bosher is beginning to see positive opportunities for Yoma Bank in the years ahead.
— Myanmar Times

Life on $2 to $5 a Day: How People in Myanmar Cope with Poverty
Growing up in Burma, Prof. Ardeth Thawnghmung ate little meat and wore hand-me-downs. But she was more fortunate than most: Her parents were university professors, so they kept her in school.
— Umass Lowell

Chinese Officials Again Pressure Kachin Leaders to Back Myitsone Dam
Senior officials from China’s Yunnan province once again pressured Kachin religious leaders to support the revival of the controversial Myitsone hydropower project at a meeting last week in the Chinese border town of Ruili, an influential Kachin religious leader told The Irrawaddy.
— The Irrawaddy

UN Rights Envoy on Myanmar Decries Widespread Hate Speech
The United Nations human rights envoy on Myanmar has decried the “pervasive nature of hate speech” targeting Islam and Muslims by government officials and school textbooks in the Buddhist-majority country, according to a new report she wrote for the U.N. Human Rights Council.
— Radio Free Asia

Watermelon prices up post Chinese New Year
Watermelon prices have shot up to US$417 per tonne from US$298 during the Chinese New Year period, according to Myanmar Melon Producer and Exporter Association chair U Naing Win.
— Myanmar Times

Visa welcomes new country manager for Myanmar
US-based Visa Inc, the world’s leading service provider in digital payments, has appointed Lillian Wang as the country manager of Myanmar, according to a release on Tuesday.
— Myanmar Times

World Islamic Group Votes to Take Myanmar Rohingya Abuses to International Court of Justice
The world’s top Islamic intergovernmental body has unanimously adopted a resolution to pursue legal recourse through the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to seek accountability and justice for large-scale human rights violations committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, a statement issued by Bangladesh’s foreign ministry said.
— Radio Free Asia

Myanmar’s second largest city to hold int’l trade fair, business forum
Myanmar’s second largest city of Mandalay in the central part will hold an international trade fair and business forum on March 23 to attract foreign entrepreneurs to invest and do business in the city, according to organizers Thursday.
— Xinhua

PPB plans RM831m capex for next 4 years, in talks for Myanmar cinema venture
PPB Group Bhd, which has planned an RM831 million capital and other commitments for the group’s further expansion over the next four years, said it has begun talks with relevant parties on the expansion of its cinema exhibition and distribution business into Myanmar.
— The Edge Markets

Land Seizures, Protests, and Arrests in Myanmar
Despite arrests, detention, and torture, land rights activists in Myanmar are refusing to be silenced.
— The Diplomat

Myanmar tourism off to a good start
Myanmar started 2019 on a positive note registering 162,612 tourist arrivals during January an increase of 19% when compared with the same month in 2017.
— TTR Weekly

Gandhi Preaches Non-Violent Revolution in Myanmar
Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement against British colonial rule, arrived in Myanmar on March 7, 1929 to collect donations from Indian nationals in Myanmar to raise funds for the Handloom Association of India, and share his experiences with Myanmar people.
— The Irrawaddy

Ministry sets goal to improve sanitation in Shan
The Ministry of Health and Sports expects to complete a sanitation project in Hpekon, Hsi Hsaing and Mawkme townships in southern Shan State by the end of this year.
— Myanmar Times

Over 850,000 students participate in Myanmar’s matriculation exam
Myanmar’s matriculation examination for the 2018-19 academic year has begun across the country with a total of 851,570 students sitting for the university entrance examination, according to the Education Ministry Thursday.
— Xinhua

Commercially proven gas reserves found in offshore Zawtika field
PTTEP Myanmar Asset, a subsidiary of Bangkok-based PTT Exploration and Production, has found commercially proven gas reserves at the M9 block of the Zawtika project located 300km southwest of Yangon in the Gulf of Mottama.
— Myanmar Times

ICC team probes alleged Rakhine abuses in Bangladesh
A team from the office of the International Criminal Court prosecutor was in Bangladesh on Wednesday for a preliminary probe into alleged atrocities committed against the Rohingya by the Myanmar military in 2017.
— Mizzima

Karen General Quits as Head of Myanmar Peace Process Steering Team
The head of a group of 10 ethnic armed organizations that have signed a nationwide truce with the Myanmar government has resigned, citing dissatisfaction with the country’s peace process, one of his colleagues said Wednesday following the team’s two-day meeting in northern Thailand.
— Radio Free Asia

Guv flags off team AMASI for workshop in Myanmar
Governor Dr Najma A Heptulla flagged off the team of Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India (AMASI) today evening from Raj Bhavan, Imphal for Advanced Laparoscopic Live Operating Workshop, Mandalay, Myanmar.
— E-pao

Myanmar’s digital game changers
According to We Are Social, Myanmar counted 18 million internet users in 2018. Internet penetration in the country continues to rise at an impressive pace.
— Myanmar Times

RCSS: ‘PPST Should Be Reformed’
An RCSS spokesperson speaks to SHAN on a special meeting of the Peace Process Steering Team.


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