Illegal trade takes a heavy toll on country’s economy

Smuggling and illegal trade continue to be a major problems for the country’s economy, says the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI). According to the Business Sentiment Survey issued by UMFCCI in May, illegal trade stands at sixth among the top 10 issues hampering the country’s economy. The survey was […]

Myanmar hills embrace silkworms over poppies

TANGYAN, Myanmar (Reuters) – Zhou Xing Ci’s family have farmed poppies for as long as anyone remembers, scraping the flowers’ sticky brown sap to produce opium. Along with many other farmers in the hills of eastern Myanmar, the crop – much of which ends up as heroin sold on foreign streets – has in recent […]

Myanmar to reform police force following UN report

YANGON: A more comprehensive training system may be introduced for police officers in Myanmar after authorities acknowledged that the lack of such a system may have led to officers previously using excessive force on protesters. One such incident that caught international attention was in March 2015, when officers were seen using force on students demonstrating […]