Myanmar morning news for May 8

Myanmar morning news for May 8

Myanmar morning newsMyanmar’s illegal timber trade continues despite COVID-19
As COVID-19 spreads and paralyzes many industries, Myanmar continues to see a flood of illegal logging.
— Asean Today

Myanmar’s Shan State Launches Campaign to Promote Use of Face Masks
The Shan State government on Thursday launched a campaign to educate people on the need to wear face masks whenever they go outdoors in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The campaign covers 21 townships in the south of the state, including the capital Taunggyi.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar talking with World Bank, ADB, IMF for funds to rescue economy
The Myanmar government is negotiating for aid and assistance from the World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help it implement a stimulus plan to rescue its virus-hit economy, according to Myanmar Times Thursday.
— The Star Online

China Pushes BRI Projects As Myanmar Rolls Out COVID-19 Economic Relief Plan
The Chinese ambassador to Myanmar has pushed to incorporate Beijing’s key strategic development projects into Myanmar’s COVID-19 Economic Relief Plan.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar Struggles With COVID-19 Patient Tracing Amid Asymptomatic Infections
Health authorities in Myanmar are struggling to trace the spread of the contagious coronavirus among several confirmed patients who have reported no travel abroad and no contact with others who are infected, lawmakers in two major cities said Wednesday.
— Radio Free Asia

Myanmar manufacturing, construction sectors take beating
The manufacturing sector recorded an accelerated downturn in April as a result of COVID-19, according to a survey from IHS Markit.
— Myanmar Times

Building a Country Safeguard System to Promote Sustainability
Myanmar is putting in place a national safeguards system to better balance rapid economic growth and environmental sustainability.
— CNBC

Myanmar leader urges people to wear eco-friendly face masks
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will launch a campaign to encourage people to use environmentally-friendly face masks that are washable.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar nationals from Thailand, Bangladesh return home on relief flight
Myanmar authorities brought back 135 Myanmar nationals from Thailand and 38 from Bangladesh to home by a relief flight on Wednesday, state-run media reported Thursday.
— The Star Online

UPDATE: US names new ambassador to Myanmar
US President Donald Trump on Monday nominated Thomas Laszlo Vajda, a career diplomat, as the next American ambassador to Myanmar, according to a White House statement.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar negotiates for funds to rescue embattled economy
The government is negotiating for foreign aid and assistance from the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help it implement a stimulus plan aimed at providing relief to businesses and industries affected by COVID-19, said U Maung Maung Win, deputy minister of Planning, Finance and Industry.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar: Over 800 IDPs In Ann Township Face Food Shortage
More than 800 internally displaced people (IDPs) who are sheltering at a monastery in Alae Gyun village, Ann Township, are facing food shortages as donors shy away from inspections required to access the war-affected population.
— Eurasia Review

YBS passengers on the rise during COVID-19
The Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) said the number of YBS passengers has increased to 250,000, despite the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times

New National Park Protects Critically Endangered Monkey in Myanmar
The Myanmar Snub-nosed Monkey, a rare primate species native to the eastern Himalayas in Myanmar, sneezes in the rain.
— Rain forest Trust

Myanmar sailors arrested in China for smuggling
The Myanmar Embassy in Beijing released a statement that the Shanghai Maritime Bureau arrested seven Myanmar sailors working on Hong Yi ship near the Jetty in Shanghai on April 28th for smuggling.
— Eleven Myanmar

The closer and better the world cooperates, the faster we’ll overcome COVID-19
On May 4, more than 50 world leaders, heads of international organisations and companies followed an invitation from the European Union to come together to fight a double-headed virus; corona and selfish nationalism. Together, they pledged to invest €7.4 billion – more than K11.13 trillion – for testing, treatment and most importantly: a vaccine.
— Myanmar Times

EU to provide cash assistance to garment factory workers
The European Union (EU) will be providing cash assistance of 5 million Euro [nearly Ks 8 billion] to almost 90,000 workers from garment, shoe and bags factories as they are severely impacted by the COVID-19 virus.
— Eleven Myanmar

NCA Signatories Meet With COVID-19 Coordinating Committee
A COVID-19 coordinating committee formed by the government met with representatives from the ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) yesterday in the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) in Yangon.
— BNI Online

Union Minister U Soe Win discusses loan programmes for Myanmar with World Bank official
Union Minister for Planning, Finance and Industry U Soe Win held a discussion on teleconference about loan programmes of the World Bank for Myanmar with Ms Mariam J. Sherman, the Country Director for Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

“Myanmar’s Development Assistance Coordination Unit and Partners form a united front in the fight against COVID-19”
The Development Assistance Coordination Unit (DACU) met via videoconference with Myanmar’s Partners to discuss how best to coordinate the financing and implementation of the newly launched Overcoming as One: COVID-19 Economic Relief Plan (CERP), which observers have valued at over US$2 billion [MMK2.8 trillion].
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar’s Shan State Launches Campaign to Promote Use of Face Masks
The Shan State government has launched a campaign to educate people on the need to continue COVID-19 preventative measures by distributing face masks.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar citizens stranded in Singapore return home
To bring back Myanmar citizens stranded in foreign countries due to suspension of international airlines, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been working with Myanmar embassies in respective foreign countries and coordinating with ministries concerned in the foreign countries, in accordance with the guidance of the National-Level Central Committee on.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Legal Update: Trading Notification
Pursuant to Notification No. 1/2019 (“Trading Notification”) issued on 12 July 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission permitted foreign.
— Lexology

Myanmar sailors arrested in China for smuggling
The Myanmar Embassy in Beijing released a statement that the Shanghai Maritime Bureau arrested seven Myanmar sailors working on Hong Yi ship near the Jetty in Shanghai on April 28th for smuggling.
— Eleven Myanmar

YBS passengers on the rise during COVID-19
The Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) said the number of YBS passengers has increased to 250,000, despite the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times

Disaster Management Department has spent over K329 mln relief funds
The Disaster Management Department under the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement has used K 329.1 million from its budget for foods, construction materials and other relief items after the strong winds that devastated buildings from 9 April to 7 May.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Union Ministers meet on teleconference with WB Country Director for COVID-19 response plans in Myanmar
Union Minister for Planning, Finance and Industry U Soe Win, together with Union Minister for Investment and Foreign Economic Relations U Thaung Tun, talked with the representatives of development partner organizations led by Ms Mariam J. Sherman, the Country Director of World Bank for Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

IDP camps receive relief aid to prevent COVID-19
The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement is distributing relief items for prevention of COVID-19 disease at the IDP camps in Kachin, Rakhine and Shan states.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Gas Leak at LG Polymers Plant in India Kills Six, Leaves Over 120 Sick
A chemical gas leak at an LG Polymers factory in the southern Indian city of Visakhapatnam has killed six people and put more than 120 in hospital.
— Irrawaddy

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi writes about homemade cotton mask competition
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has invited interested persons to join in the Homemade Cotton Mask Competition on her Facebook page.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Military Column, Artillery Firings Displace Rakhine Villagers
Large numbers of civilians have been forced to flee their homes in rural Rakhine state after a Myanmar military column deployed in three villages fired artillery into a forested area where it believed rebel Arakan Army camps were, residents said Thursday.
— Radio Free Asia

Myanmar National Committee on Women meet for COVID-19 response programmes
Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye, in his capacity as the Chairman of Myanmar National Committee on Women, presided over its meeting on video conferencing at his office in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Medical Teams Check Myanmar’s COVID-19 Hotspot for Hidden Carriers
Myanmar’s health ministry has knocked on every door in Insein Township in Yangon – where coronavirus cases have been concentrated – to find possible transmitters.
— Irrawaddy

Russia embassy donates cash fund to national COVID-19 central committee
The Embassy of Russian Federation contributed cash donation to Myanmar’s National-Level Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar negotiates for funds to rescue embattled economy
The government is negotiating for foreign aid and assistance from the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help it implement a stimulus plan aimed at providing relief to businesses and industries affected by COVID-19, said U Maung Maung Win, deputy minister of Planning, Finance and Industry.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s Kayah State Angers Activists with Protest Ban
Kayah rights advocates say their government has used COVID-19 as an excuse to clamp down on criticism.
— Irrawaddy

Tatmadaw holds 6th coordination meeting on COVID-19 measures
Commander in Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing presided over the 6th Coordination meeting of senior Tatmadaw officers for measures against COVID-19 disease yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Generosity Comes Naturally to Myanmar People, but Don’t Take It for Granted
Myanmar people responded generously to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s appeal for donations to fight COVID-19; now the government must do its job and protect their well-being.
— Irrawaddy

COVID-19 Response ‘a Chance to Reimagine Myanmar’s Future’
The government’s COVID-19 strategy should aim for long-term structural change to the economy, historian and policy-planning expert Thant Myint-U told The Irrawaddy.
— Irrawaddy

 

 

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