Myanmar morning news for January 16

Myanmar morning news for January 16

Myanmar morning news

ICJ to rule on emergency measures in Myanmar genocide case
UN court’s decision on measures to prevent more harm against Myanmar’s Rohingya minority expected on Jan 23.
— Aljazeera

China-Myanmar pipeline carries 10.8M tonnes crude oil in 2019
China imported 10.8 million tonnes of crude oil via the China-Myanmar oil and gas pipeline in 2019, up 6.3 percent year on year, according to the Kunming Customs in southwest China’s Yunnan Province.

Facebook to monitor Myanmar elections
Myanmar is gearing up for elections this year. The general election, tentatively scheduled for some time in November, will essentially pit Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) against the military-aligned Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), the country’s two major political parties.
— The Asean Post

Myanmar Invites Citizens Abroad to Participate in ‘Nation-Building’
The Myanmar government has asked current and former citizens abroad to lend their expertise and participation to support peacebuilding and development of a federal Union.
— Irrawaddy

Gov’t invites Myanmar expats and former Myanmar citizens for reforms
The government has invited Myanmar expats and former Myanmar citizens who want to help the country’s reforms for peace and development, according to the official letters issued by Myanmar Permanent Representative Offices in Geneva and New York and Myanmar Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, on January 13.
— Eleven Myanmar

World Bank says growth in Myanmar to improve this year
Growth in Myanmar is expected to pick up to 6.4 percent in fiscal 2019-20 from 6.3pc in 2018-19 and 6.2 pc in 2017-18 as a result of the increasing government spending and private investments on infrastructure, transportation and communication, according to the World Bank.
— Myanmar Times

Mandalay draws FDI totalling US$4 billion
The Mandalay Region Investment Committee has endorsed 79 foreign projects from more than 16 countries since its establishment up until December, 2019, drawing almost US$4 billion in foreign direct investments (FDI), U Thant Sin Lwin, Director-General of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) told state media.
— Myanmar Times

New air route links China’s island province, Myanmar
A new direct air route is set to be launched later Tuesday between Haikou, capital of south China’s Hainan Province, and Myanmar’s Rangoon.

Myanmar’s economic growth expected to reach 6.4 percent in 2019-20
The Myanmar Economic Monitor for December 2019 estimates that Myanmar’s economy grew at 6.3 percent in 2018-19, marginally higher than 6.2 percent in 2017-18.
— Devdiscourse

China, Myanmar invest in power project in Kyaukphyu
Kyaukphyu Electric Power Company has invested US$172 million in a power generation project in Kyaukphyu, Rakhine State, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s first Human Milk Bank upgraded to international best practices
Human Milk Bank at Yangon Central Women’s Hospital gives 500 infants the best start in life each month.
— Reliefweb

China-Myanmar Pauk-Phaw Friendship: Aesthetic photo exhibition held
A China-Myanmar aesthetic photo exhibition to mark their PaukPhaw Friendship was opened at the Strand Hotel in Yangon yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

KBank mulling sizeable stake in Myanmar’s A Bank
Kasikornbank (KBank) wants to expand its footprint in Myanmar, acquiring a sizeable stake in a bank there.
— Bangkok Post

Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye receives UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict
Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye welcomed Ms Virginia Gamba, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, and party at his office in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

ICJ to Rule on Emergency Measures in Myanmar Genocide Case on Jan. 23: Gambia
The Gambian government has tweeted that the World Court will rule Jan. 23 on its request that emergency measures be taken against Myanmar in the Rohingya genocide case.
— Irrawaddy

Writing out the generals: Is Myanmar’s constitution up for change ahead of 2020 elections?
Myanmar’s push to amend its military-backed Constitution forces the National League for Democracy and Aung San Suu Kyi to balance demands by the country’s military and diverse ethnic groups.
— Asean Today

China’s trade with Myanmar up 28.5% in 2019
China’s trade with Myanmar expanded by 28.5 percent year on year in 2019 to 128.91 billion yuan (about 17.71 billion U.S. dollars), customs data showed Tuesday.

Myanmar grants permanent residence to nearly 600 foreigners
The government granted permanent residence to nearly 600 foreigners and former citizens after more than four years of processing their applications, the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population said on Tuesday.
— Myanmar Times

Message of Greetings by President U Win Myint at Naga New Year Festival-2020 held in Lahe Town in Naga Self-Administered Zone
(15 January 2020) Dear esteemed Naga ethnic nationals of the Union and all the national brethren in Naga Self-Administered Zone, First of all I would like to express my appreciation and honor for this opportunity to personally attend the 2020 Naga New Year Festival.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Govt invites Myanmar expatriates to help in development
The government has called on Myanmar citizens abroad who have developed skills in various fields to return to their country and help in the development of the economy.
— Myanmar Times

State Counsellor attends 68th Kayah State Day ceremony
Chairperson of the Committee for Development of Rural Areas and National Races State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi attended the 68th Kayah State Day Ceremony in Loikaw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Vows Probe Into Kayah Farmland Seizures by Myanmar Military
During her visit to Kayah State, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi promised to look into military land grabs but ignored complaints about a statue of her father, Gen. Aung San.
— Irrawaddy

Strength from diversity can help tackle challenges
Peace is sine qua non for our country, which is a union and home to diverse ethnic races.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

President Office re-organizes Myanmar National Human Rights Commission
President Office announced on January 14 that Myanmar National Human Rights Commission has been re-organized.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar’s WB Country Partnership Framework and the need to listen to all voices
As a global multilateral development finance institution, the World Bank (WB) Group has a significant sphere of influence over the growth and development trajectory of Myanmar.
— BNI Online

VP U Myint Swe presides over 11th private sector development committee meeting
Vice President U Myint Swe addresses the 11th Private Sector Development Committee Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar intensifies education programme on Unicode system
The government and various information technology associations in the country are intensifying education programmes on the use of Unicode system, which was adopted by the government last year.
— Myanmar Times

Think Tank summit explores China-Myanmar relations
As the 70th anniversary of relations between China and Myanmar approaches, the Think Tank Scholars Summit on Myanmar – China Relations in the New Era was held at Lotte Hotel, Yangon, yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Reform of Myanmar Human Rights Commission Lacks Transparency, Critics Say
Activists are voicing concerns about Myanmar’s newly replaced human rights commission, saying the new members lack diversity and were selected without transparency.
— Irrawaddy

Speech delivered by State Counsellor on the occasion of the 68th Anniversary of the Kayah State Day celebrations
It’s a great pleasure for us to be present on the occasion of the 68th Kayah State Anniversary. Celebrating a State day is possible because we are celebrating a part of the Union.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Lawyers Seek Presidential Approval to Sue Police for Revealing Raped Toddler Identity
The Independent Lawyers’ Association of Myanmar has asked the President for permission to sue the police officers who identified the raped toddler known as ‘Victoria’.
— Irrawaddy

President, First Lady attend Naga New Year Festival – 2020
Naga New Year Festival – 2020 was held in the town of Lahe in the Naga Self-Administered Zone, Sagaing Region, at 9 a.m. yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Court Sentences Man to Death by Hanging for Love Triangle Murder
After a three-year trial, a court in Ayeyarwady Region has found a local man guilty of murdering his girlfriend’s ex-lover and burying the body on a farm in 2016.
— Irrawaddy

China sees Myanmar as stepping stone to Indian Ocean, energy security
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s upcoming trip to Myanmar is expected to help Beijing boost its presence in the Indian Ocean, especially if a deal can be finalised on the development of the China-funded Kyaukpyu port.
— South China Morning Post

Myanmar home decoration market gains momentum
The country’s home decoration and interior design market is enjoying a boom as many citizens who lived abroad have returned and are looking to refurbish their apartments and houses in Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times

Infographics: Chinese Leaders’ Visits to Myanmar Over 6 Decades
The Irrawaddy presents an infographic examining high-level visits to Myanmar by Chinese leaders from 1954 to 2014, and their significance for bilateral relations.
— Irrawaddy

Rents raised for shops in Yangon’s parks
The rent for shoplots located in Yangon’s parks and garden have increased based on the market price assessed by the new government, a senior Yangon official said.
— Myanmar Times


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She commenced as an intern at AEC News Today and was appointed as a junior writer/ trainee journalist on April 2, 2018

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