E-commerce threat for Myanmar’s jade

As if human rights abuses, corruption charges and deadly landslides haven’t hurt the industry enough, Myanmar’s multi-billion-dollar jade and gemstone industry now has to deal with the challenges of e-commerce. Myanmar produces 90 percent of the world’s jade and is a major player in the global gem economy, but poor regulations mean up to two-third […]

Myanmar Investment Commission accused of transparency failures

<ahref=”https://youtu.be/pCvYiQYDHcE” target=”_blank”> Exclusive: Multiple transparency failures by the Myanmar Investment Commission to publicise proposed infrastructure projects are exacerbating tensions between local communities, the government and big business. An investigation by The Myanmar Times shows that more than two years since the Investment Law came into force, legal requirements for disclosure by both the MIC and […]

Uneven development stifling Myanmar

Anyone arriving today at Mingaladon Airport and driving toward the center of Yangon would find it hard to imagine that just a few years ago Myanmar was an isolated country – poor, underdeveloped and labeled by the US as an “outpost of tyranny.” At the start of the 21st century there were few cars on […]

Big tobacco eyes Myanmar market

A smoky haze greets customers walking into any of Yangon’s tea shops as patrons light up hand-rolled cigarettes known locally as cheroots. Elsewhere in Myanmar’s main city, vendors sell cheap cigarettes smuggled from China to drivers stopped at traffic lights. The pavement is painted red with the spit of people chewing tobacco wrapped in betel […]