Mar 29, 2016

Myanmar lifts four-year curfew in state after communal violence

Myanmar’s outgoing government has lifted a nearly four-year curfew in the western state of Rakhine, where clashes between the minority Rohingya Muslims and majority Buddhists left more than 200 people dead, mostly Muslims. State media reported President Thein Sein lifted the nighttime curfew Monday ...

Mar 26, 2016

Japan-backed Myanmar stock exchange opens trading

Myanmar’s first stock exchange, which was set up with Japanese support, officially started trading Friday, more than three months after its official opening, though only one listed company was available for transactions. On the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX), First Myanmar Investment (FMI) hit a ...

Mar 22, 2016

Myanmar must stay united

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The formation of the first civilian government in more than 50 years on April 1 is only the beginning, and not the end, of Myanmar's long process of transition to a genuine democracy.

Hopes and hurdles await new Myanmar government

Mar 21, 2016

Hopes and hurdles await new Myanmar government

Nestled among towers of moldering paperwork, the few flickering computer screens at Myanmar’s information ministry are a sign that change is afoot, and nervous bureaucrats expect more to come under the first civilian government in decades. A novice administration led by Aung San Suu ...

Suu Kyi to control Myanmar government, party spokesman says

Mar 21, 2016

Suu Kyi to control Myanmar government, party spokesman says

She is unlikely to take a formal role in Myanmar’s government, but pro-democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi will steer the incoming government of her National League for Democracy (NLD), the party said on Sunday. She will stay on as party head. Myanmar’s parliament ...

Mar 17, 2016

Conflict-plagued Myanmar plans ethnic ministry

Myanmar’s incoming government announced plans Thursday to create a ministry for ethnic affairs, marking the importance it places on relations with minorities in a country scarred by festering civil wars and sectarian tensions. The move was contained within a wider civil service reform plan ...

Mar 17, 2016

China to push Myanmar's new government on stalled dam

China signalled on Thursday that it will push Myanmar’s new government to resume a controversial stalled dam project in the Southeast Asian country, saying the contract is still valid. Outgoing Myanmar President Thein Sein angered Beijing in 2011 by suspending the $3.6 billion, Chinese-invested ...

Mar 15, 2016

Thai trafficking trial opens amid fears for witnesses

The trial of 92 suspected human traffickers, arrested after the discovery of shallow graves of migrants in Thai jungle, began in Bangkok on Tuesday and the attorney-general’s office said it would be over within a year amid fears about the safety of witnesses. Traffickers ...

Mar 15, 2016

Japanese trading firms seen boosting their presence in Myanmar

Major Japanese trading houses are expanding their operations in Myanmar ahead of the incoming government lead by Aung San Suu Kyi at the end of this month. Mitsui & Co. and Marubeni Corp. both have launched projects to produce agricultural fertilizers locally, while Mitsubishi ...

Myanmar's new president is an unlikely leader

Mar 15, 2016

Myanmar's new president is an unlikely leader

For years he walked alongside Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, a quiet confidant in her campaign for democracy in Myanmar. On Tuesday, with her blessing, Htin Kyaw became the country’s president. A soft-spoken man with a penchant for literature and writing, Htin Kyaw ...