Myanmar morning news for June 17

Myanmar morning news for June 17

Myanmar morning news

Myanmar expects worst of Covid’s economic impact from Sept
Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi said the most severe economic impact from the novel coronavirus outbreak is expected in the final four months of this year.
— Bangkok Post

Public sector manufacturing exports down by $388 mln as of 5 June
Exports of finished industrial goods by public sector sharply plunged to US$2.4 billion between 1 October and 5 June in the current fiscal year 2019-2020, which is a decrease of $388.79 million compared with the corresponding period of the previous financial year, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Investors challenge Myanmar govt over VFV land law
An existing policy requiring mineral exploration permit applicants to obtain land grants could deter investors and “kill off” foreign investments in mineral exploration in Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar election body to post voters list online
The Union Election Commission (UEC) said it will post the electoral roll online to make it easier for people to check their names and polling stations before they vote.
— Myanmar Times

VPower Group’s Joint Venture Starts Powering Myanmar with LNG
VPower Group International Holdings Limited (“VPower Group” or the “Group”, stock code: 1608.HK) has successfully expanded its footprint into the liquified natural gas (LNG)- to-power industry through a partnership with China National Technical Import and Export Corporation (“CNTIC”).
— Business NewsAsia

Chief Minister of Myanmar’s Yangon Bows Out of 2020 Elections
The chief minister of Myanmar’s commercial capital Yangon, seen as a possible successor to Aung San Suu Kyi, told RFA on Monday he will not contest elections in November because of a “health condition,” dismissing reports he had filed papers to run.
— Radio Free Asia

Myanmar destination updates from the ground
We talked with business owners and senior managers in the hospitality industry about the impacts of COVID-19 on popular destinations. They share their experience with the pandemic and how they prepare for the “new normal”.
— Myanmore

Captured Rakhine Villagers Forced to Work For Myanmar Army, Relatives Say
Families of villagers from Rakhine state held by the Myanmar military since March for suspected ties to the rebel Arakan Army on Monday demanded the release of the men, telling reporters that some detained civilians are being forced to perform hard labor for the army.
— Radio Free Asia

Myanmar set to build 160km long seaside road to connect region, state
Myanmar’s Ministry of Construction is planning to build a 160km long seaside road to connect Nga Yoke Kaung beach of Ayeyarwady region and Gwa township of Rakhine state, a ministry’s official told its fourth-year performance press briefing.
— The Star Online

Thailand to allow re-entry of Myanmar migrant workers
Thailand will soon allow re-entry of Myanmar migrant workers who returned home for various reasons at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, says Moe Gyo, Chairman of Joint Action Committee for Burmese Affairs (JACBA).

China, Myanmar establish fast track for essential personnel
China and Myanmar have opened a “fast-track lane” for essential personnel exchanges, a foreign ministry spokesperson said here on Monday.
— Xinhua

Investments in Yangon continue despite pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic does not appear to have diminished investor interest in Yangon, a senior regional official says.
— Myanmar Times

Pandemic lays bare Yangon’s governance shortcomings
The continued threat of a COVID-19 outbreak in Yangon’s dense neighbourhoods makes an urgent case for fixing long overdue problems of city governance.
— Frontier Myanmar

Global and Myanmar Experiences on social protection to address the impact of COVID-19
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought forward the role of the governments in not only addressing the health crisis but also on how to address issues of vulnerability and disruptions that the population has faced due to the restrictive measures related to public events, transport, trade, businesses and stay at home orders during the past three months to contain the spread of the virus.
— Mizzima

Traffickers demand payments for Myanmar Rohingya stranded at sea
People traffickers holding hundreds of Rohingya refugees at sea are demanding payments from their families before they will release them from boats off the shores of South-East Asia, relatives and rights groups say on Tuesday (June 16).
— The Star Online

Long-distance bus companies in Myanmar face tough times due to COVID-19
There is still a massive shortage of long-haul bus passengers traveling on Myanmar’s roads, according to industry insiders.
— Myanmar Times

Construction ministry draws lots on rental units for retired civil service staff
The Urban and Housing Development Department under the Ministry of Construction organized drawing lots on rental housing units for retired civil staff with in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Fewer number buys damage insurance among over 6 mln motorcyclists
With more than 6 million motorcyclists registered in Road Transport Administration Department (RTAD) across the country, people are not very much willing to buy the insurance premium for their motorbikes, according to the Global World Insurance.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar sounds virus alarm after spike in ‘imported cases’
Residents in Muangdaw, near the Bangladeshi border, said there was non-compliance with preventive measures and a failure to report infections.
— Arab News

Recommendation letters required for domestic travel in Myanmar
While international flights to Myanmar will remain suspended until June 30, travel within the country is now permitted albeit with additional requirements. These requirements differ across the states and regions.
–Myanmar Times

China and Myanmar sign trade agreement for bananas
The Myanmar Ministry of Commerce recently announced that the government of Myanmar is about to sign an export agreement with China.
— Fresh Plaza

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Myanmar Govt to Probe Contentious Chinese Development on Thai Border
The Myanmar government has formed a tribunal to investigate irregularities surrounding a controversial China-backed city development project near the Thai border in Karen State.
— Irrawaddy

Fibre expansion under way in Oman and Myanmar
A useful reminder that fibre is still a strong player – even in mobile-dominated markets – comes from Oman and Myanmar, where expansion of fibre-to-the-home services is under way.
— Developing Telecoms

State Counsellor discusses remedies to lessen COVID-19 impacts on economy
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi discusses relief plan of COVID-19 impacts with ministers, UMFCCI president on 16 June 2020.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar citizens from foreign countries brought back home by special flight
A relief flight of Myanmar Airways International (MAI) carrying a total of 132 Myanmar nationals stranded in South Korea and other seven countries landed at the Yangon International Airport yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

MoSWRR implement COVID-19 preventive measures in Kachin, Rakhine
Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, in cooperation with relevant departments and organizations, carried out COVID-19 preventive measures at the IDP camps in Kachin and Rakhine states yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

COVID-19 committee honours volunteers, CSOs in Magway
The National-Level Central Committee for Prevention, Control and Treatment on COVID-19 presented certificates of honour, badges, face masks and hand sanitizers to the volunteers and civil society organizations (CSOs) that are fighting against COVID-19 pandemic in Magway Region yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

25,000-acre monsoon paddy to be grown in Naga self-administered zone
The 25,000-acre monsoon paddy will be cultivated in three townships and four towns of Naga Self-Administered Zone, Sagaing Region in 2019-2020 fiscal year, according to the Regional Agriculture Department.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

India-Myanmar Border Town Opposes Quarantine Center Amid COVID-19 Fears
A plan to hold returning migrants in Tamu’s town center is being reconsidered after a public backlash, says a township administrator.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar Govt to Probe Contentious Chinese Development on Thai Border
A government tribunal will investigate the new Shwe Kokko Special Economic Zone over illegal construction and casinos and a massive undisclosed change to project plans.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar Independence Hero to Appear on All Banknotes
The image of General Aung San will be printed on all denominations of Myanmar kyat banknotes, replacing lions and elephants.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar Govt Unveils Four Projects as Part of China’s BRI Scheme
The Construction Ministry has announced four ‘early-harvest’ projects including roads, a bridge and a tunnel to be built as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
— Irrawaddy

Renovation of Bogyoke Aung San Museum set to be complete by end-June
The renovation works to the Bogyoke Aung San Museum (Yangon) is expected to be complete by the end of June, according to the museum’s in-charge U Thet Win Aung.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Union minister discusses labour affairs with ROK Ambassador
Union Minister U Thein Swe (left photo) speaks during the videoconference on labour affairs with the delegation led by Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Mr Lee Sang-hwa, (left photo) on 16 June 2020.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Standing for Nearly 170 Years, This Yangon Monastery Has Been a Key Site for Two Religions in Myanmar
One of the oldest structures in Yangon, the Norman Kyaung Kyi Htaik has been a place of learning–first for Christian missionaries and later for Buddhist monks–since 1852.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar Confident About Reaching Investment Target, Despite COVID-19
Businesses have been told to expect the worst possible economic conditions but the government says it is working to help.
— Irrawaddy



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