Bus-ride nightmares

Outside the bus, the midday sun reflected strongly off the tinted windows. Inside was shaded, but also hot with the faintsmell of sweat hanging in the air. The bus was crowded as usual, constraining, U Nyi Nyi’s arms and legs. Struggling for air, he felt dizzy and collapsed. “I got back on my feet thanks […]

From Myanmar, with blood: The Singaporean fighting tradition to take the martial art of lethwei to the world

The young men – some just boys – are lean and muscular. Sweat drips off them as they jostle and jab in the fading light. They cast shadows on the rough bitumen, which acts as their training ground. Frequently, they stop their practice and step clear of the road as a motorcycle or car passes […]

Myanmar, Thailand agree to use kyat, baht for border trade

U Kyaw Kyaw Maung, governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) and his Thai counterpart Veerathai Santiprabhob, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote the use of the Myanmar kyat and Thai baht for trading at the border, according to an October 21 statement issued by the Bank of Thailand. The governors […]

Lawsuit against Myanmar Carlsberg to proceed in court

A lawsuit filed against six senior employees of Myanmar Carlsberg Company, including its managing director, for cheating under section 420 of the Penal Code will proceed despite attempts to settle out of court, U Ye Tun, managing director of Myat Hmwei Trading Company, which filed the suit, told The Myanmar Times after an October 22 […]

PwC Myanmar launches new digitally-enabled office in Yangon

PwC Myanmar has relocated to a new digitally-enabled office in Yangon, with regional partners on hand to celebrate its official opening. PwC leaders from around Asia have come together to celebrate the launch of a new digitally-enabled office for PwC’s Myanmar member, taking the occasion to reflect on the growth of the local practice over […]

Hong Kong Amata Company invests over $270 mln in smart and eco city business

HONG KONG listed Amata Company brings in over US$270 million in the development and operation of Smart and Eco City and related business, said U Thant Sin Lwin, Director-General of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration. Yangon Amata Smart and Eco City Ltd will develop and operate smart and eco city business-eson 2,000 acres […]

Myanmar expects over 1 mln tourists through Thai border crossings this year

Tourist arrivals to Myanmar via the country’s border checkpoints with Thailand have been increasing significantly this year and are expected to reach 1 million soon. The number of day-trippers from Thailand and other countries who visited Myanmar through Tachilek border gate in Eastern Shan State during the period from 1 January to 17 October this […]

A new destination Kayah where local and western cuisine readied for visitors

Kayah State is the smallest state in Myanmar with an area of just a little more than 3,500 square miles. Among the various indigenous people in the region, the Kayan or Palaung are renowned for their ‘long-neck’ women who were brass coils around their necks and are dressed in colourful traditional costumes. As Myanmar opens […]

Halt pig, pork imports to prevent swine fever

The Myanmar Pig Breeders and Producers Association has asked the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation to suspend the imports of live pigs and pork products due to the outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in neighboring countries. Currently, legal and illegal imports of pigs and pork products […]

Labour issues biggest challenge for foreign investors: UMFCCI president

LOCAL labour issues pose the biggest challenge to foreign investment in the country, said U Zaw Min Win, the President of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI). “The amount of foreign investment entering Myanmar was not as much as we expected. Foreign direct investment of only US$4.5 billion flowed […]