What next for Myanmar-West relations?

In business, a strong reputation is rarely guaranteed. Goodwill matters greatly, and must be defended to ensure an organization’s continued success. The same is true for nation-states. Stature is essential in procuring trade, investment, and broader support for one’s economy. Unfortunately for Myanmar, its brand is suffering. Almost five years after international newspapers adorned their […]

Myanmar businesses expect stronger economic agenda in November elections

Traffic passes along Sule Pagoda Road in downtown Yangon. Photo: Nyan Zay Htet/The Myanmar Times Myanmar businesses expect stronger economic agenda in November elections While economic growth has not been listed as one of the top three priorities in the ruling party’s manifesto, politicians are paying more attention to the private sector ahead of the […]

China hardsells big ticket but low on trust, India’s soft power push in Myanmar education and health

As Delhi seeks to expand its engagement with Myanmar, it is in sectors such as education, health and entertainment services that India hopes to make an impact in a country crowded with several international players, and completely dominated by China. In a state-of-the art classroom at the steel and glass Myanmar Institute of Information Technology […]

The Budget: What Do Taxpayers Want?

\ In Nay Pyi Taw, preparations are now well advanced for finalising the budget and Union tax law which will establish the Government’s revenue-raising and spending priorities for the 2017-18 financial year. It is an annual event that always encourages advance speculation. But this year it is being more eagerly anticipated than usual because it […]

Suu Kyi’s novice MPs learn ropes in outgoing Myanmar parliament

Hundreds of newly-elected Myanmar MPs from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party took lessons in lawmaking from the outgoing army-dominated parliament on Wednesday (Jan 27), days before taking their seats in the most democratic legislature for decades. A landslide victory for Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) in November polls will give the politicians their […]

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi sends new MPs to parliament school

Aung San Suu Kyi is sending her newly-elected MPs on a crash course on Myanmar’s parliament as they prepare to take their seats for the first time early next year, her party said today. The veteran campaigner’s National League for Democracy party won a thunderous majority in landmark November polls that are set to tip […]

Businesswoman aims to change politics from the inside

Clad in a silk longyi sarong as she sits on an opulent sofa in her central Yangon mansion, Thet Thet Khine might seem like one of the most improbable new faces of the National League for Democracy — a party better known for grass-roots activism and former political prisoners. Yet, this affluent businesswoman, medical doctor, […]

‘Zawtika’ Khin Hlaing: We Should Enter Parliament to Legislate, Not to Obstruct

Late last year, Khin Hlaing was part of a pioneering group of four candidates to win elected office in a Rangoon municipal poll that saw the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) gain a semblance of accountability to voters for the first time. Less than a year later, the businessman turned city official has his sights […]