Week in Review

All posts tagged Week in Review

Week in review: Myanmar

Published June 4, 2016 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/aec/Week-in-review-Myanmar-30283774.html

Myanmar Eleven
HOME AEC AEC NEWS TUE, 12 APR, 2016 1:00 AM

Migrants await Thingyan announcement

More Myanmar workers in Thailand may return home for this year’s Thingyan water festival.

Aung Soe from the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok said the ambassador is working with Thailand’s Labour Ministry to offer paid vacation to the migrant workers.

The leave could run from Wednesday through April 20 or 25.

Myanmar migrants in Thailand total almost 2 million.

 

Ooredoo celebrates with clean-water scheme

Ooredoo Myanmar will celebrate the water festival with a community project.

The first donation of over 30 million kyat (Bt893,000) will be used to kick off the clean-drinking water-distribution project in several villages in Yangon, to support 617 households with 2,877 beneficiaries.

The project will be carried out by the Myanmar Red Cross.

“This year, we want to invest money in a project that is more sustainable than the typical events done by many companies.” said Rene Meza, chief executive officer of Ooredoo Myanmar.

“About 48 per cent of the population in Myanmar is still without access to clean drinking water, so we decided to make a donation in this area.”

 

Rice exports to China slow

Rice exports to China via the Muse border gate have fallen due to confiscation by Chinese authorities.

Trucks bring at least 1,400 tonnes of rice to Muse every day. Myanmar urged China to buy at least one million tonnes of rice last year and three Chinese companies have agreed to buy 280,000 tonnes of rice, according to the Myanmar Rice Federation.

Rice exporters need a licence from the China Certification and Inspection Group, which monitors commodities. The group is planning to open an office in Yangon this month.

Last fiscal year, border trade with China increased beyond US$1 billion (Bt35 billion), according to the Commerce Ministry.

 

President welcomes foreign guests

President Htin Kyaw held separate talks with the foreign ministers of Italy and China at his residence in Nay Pyi Taw in his first international meetings.

Zaw Htay, deputy director-general of the President’s Office, said the meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi covered three main points – economic development, building peace and promoting mutual relations in the international community, especially with neighbouring countries.

“The president did not discuss the Myitsone dam project,” he said.

Wang said he wanted to continue investment in Myanmar. Chinese companies had been instructed to abide by Myanmar’s laws and encourage development, he said. China said it would promote cooperation on the stability of border regions, Zaw Htay added.

The minister apparently invited Htin Kyaw and Aung San Suu Kyi to visit China and expressed his delight at the enactment of the State Counsellor Bill that would give Suu Kyi a prime ministerial role.

Htin Kyaw’s talks with the Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni Silveri focused on cooperation in agriculture, food sufficiency, small- and medium-sized enterprises, the tourist sector and the conservation of cultural heritage.

 

Canada reaches out to most vulnerable

Canada has launched a programme to help build inclusive democratic governance in Myanmar and improve opportunities for the country’s most vulnerable people with funding of $44 million.

The programme is designed to support reform initiatives that will help create a stable and inclusive democratic system, as well as strengthen accountability and transparency through better government management and data analysis.

Support is also being provided to improve the incomes and well-being of women owning small businesses by increasing access to credit, new technology and market expertise.

 

French food aid for Chin and Rakhine states

France has allocated 700,000 euros (Bt28 million) to contribute to rebuilding livelihoods in Chin state and to treat malnutrition in Rakhine state this year.

In Chin, two new projects will contribute to the rehabilitation of agricultural livelihoods.

In Rakhine, efforts remain focused on improving access to treatment of acute malnutrition among infants and children in Sittwe and the northern part of the state.

France has taken part in the initiative for more than 20 years.

 

Swiss training course on democratisation

As a contribution to the transition and democratisation efforts in Myanmar, the Swiss Embassy hosted a study and training tour on international relations, democratisation and human security for Myanmar participants.

A three-week pilot course took place in Geneva in 2013. Since then, over 70 people have benefitted from this exposure. This year, a fourth batch of 24 Myanmar participants will participate in the same course from April 8-May 1 in Geneva.

They will learn about building democratic institutions, national dialogue, security sector reform, rule of law and human rights. They will also study global and local governance in practice by visiting some international, federal and local institutions and interacting with the stakeholders.

 

ICT study trip to Israel

A delegation from the Myanmar Computer Industry Association visited Israel last week.

The four-day trip was initiated by the Israeli Embassy in Myanmar in collaboration with Israel’s Economy Ministry and the computer association.

The delegation observed the policy-making and ecosystem of ICT in Israel and visited public entities, Tel Aviv University, a technology incubator and a few companies.

 

Report examines charges of torture in jail

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) has completed research of 3,000 former prisoners and the torturing of the detained students. It will be published in May or June, according to Aung Myo Kyaw from the organisation.

The AAPP and Former Political Prisoners Society published an interim report in February last year.

“The main thing in the report will be how much former political prisoners suffered from torture and how many families were broken when someone was imprisoned for a political act.

“How many families faced failure in their businesses and how many children had their education ruined? These findings will be come out in the percentages. We also deciding what is the most important thing for a former political prisoner: money, livelihood, education or vocational training, shelter or health care,” said Aung Myo Kyaw.

The report’s publication was delayed by November’s election and the transfer of power. It will be published in English and Myanmar.

There is no rehabilitation for former political prisoners and the many lives remain ruined, the interim report says.

The new government should give health care, physical and mental assistance, according to the Hanthawady U Win Tin Foundation.

There are 121 political prisoners and 414 activists still facing charges according to AAPP.

Football lucky draw for Uefa semi-final

The winner of Carlsberg’s lucky draw in Myanmar, together with a friend, will have the chance of travelling to France to watch the Uefa Euro2016 semi-final.

The winner will receive a VIP experience for two – including an all-expenses-paid trip to one of the biggest football events in the world.

It will be held in France from June 10-July 10.

Advertisements

Week in review: Myanmar

Published June 3, 2016 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/aec/Week-in-review-Myanmar-30283218.html

Myanmar Eleven
HOME AEC AEC NEWS MON, 4 APR, 2016 1:00 AM

Stock market volatility

First Myanmar Investment experienced volatile trading in its first days on the Yangon Stock Exchange.Turnover on the first day, March 25, was 3.4 billion kyat (Bt98.3 million), rising to 8.6 billion on Tuesday and 2.5 billion on Thursday.

On the first day, due to slow trading, YSX did not apply continuous trading but matched sell and buy orders in two auctions.

Thura Swiss, a consulting firm, said the inexperience of investors and the lack of institutional investors could generally lead to high volatility in the stock market in the near future.

CTBC opens office

Nine months after winning the Central Bank of Myanmar’s approval, Taiwan-based CTBC Bank opened its representative office in Yangon.

The bank hopes to eventually win a banking licence.

CTBC recently bought a stake in Thailand’s LH Bank in its bid to expand in Asean.

NLD eyes hikes in land rents

The new government plans to review the rent for land where Yangon Zoo and Kandawgyi-Mhyaw Sin Kyun Park sit.

MP Yan Aung of the National League for Democracy said the rents were too low compared to market rates.

The current deals needed to be reconsidered and “will be adjusted to a price so that the country will not lose out on huge amounts of income”, he said.

Observers said both pieces of land, with large areas, cost the country millions in lost taxes every year.

According a Yangon Region report, Zay Gabar Co, which pays 300,000 kyat a year for the Kandawgyi-Karaweik Park site, earns 8.6 billion kyat each year from the property.

Disturbing the peace charges dropped

A Yangon court sentenced politician Dr Myat Nu Khine, charged under Section 147 for rioting, to one year in prison with hard labour for participating in a protest in front of the Chinese embassy in 2014. Yet, she was found not guilty of breaching Section 505(b) for disturbing the peace. During the Thein Sein administration, everyone charged under this section was sent to prison.

Myat Nu Khine was denied bail because of the section. But she was the first charged under this section and was not found guilty.

“I won’t say I’m satisfied with the ruling. I’m innocent. The new government should first consider releasing political prisoners,” she said.

Her lawyer Than Zaw Aung said the decision was likely a result of the transfer of power to the new government.

Myat Nu Khine was due to run in last year’s general election as an independent candidate but was arrested while campaigning.

11 jailed for Arakan Army connection

The Kyauktaw Township Court in Rakhine state on March 31 sentenced more suspects for involvement with the Arakan Army.

Eleven more people were sent to jail after 12 were sentenced on Thursday.

The latest convicts are from several Rakhine townships. Three of them were sentenced to five years in prison and the rest to three years.

“A total of 36 people were detained in Kyauktaw for connection with the unlawful armed group. Yesterday, 12 were sentenced. And today 11 more were sentenced. They are all sent to Sittwe prison,” said Kyaw Hla Myint, a Kyauktaw activist.

IT firm denies ex-minister’s claims

RedLink, a data communications service provider, has spoken out against comments made by former information minister Ye Htut regarding tax evasion.

It said the firm was of good standing and was listed three years in a row for paying extremely high levels of tax. Ye Htut’s claims were a low political blow to Thura Shwe Mann, whose son Toe Naing owns shares in the company, it said.

According to February 26 editions of state-owned newspapers, Ye Htut claimed that “RedLink and Yatanarpon Teleport have been using the 2500MHz frequency for profit ever since 2009 and so in order for the country to stop losing more tax money, an auction was held.

“There are also plans to ask for compensation fees for the three years of free use.”

EU urges improvement in election process

The European Union Election Observation Mission to Myanmar congratulated the country on holding the peaceful election in November but said several laws and regulations can be improved to make the process more transparent and fair to all.

Chief observer Alexander Graf Lambsdorff said the provision for 25 per cent of seats to be filled by appointees is not compatible with these standards and should be abolished.

The criteria used to determine who is a citizen should not be discriminatory or arbitrary, as all should enjoy the right to vote. “The right to stand for election needs to be reasonable and inclusive. A 10-year residency obligation for parliamentary candidates, for example, is too strict.”

Phone number auctions

Telenor Myanmar’s second public auction of special numbers in Mandalay on March 25 netted 357.9 million kyat from 43 special numbers.

The highest bid of the day was received for phone number 0979 9999999, which was sold for 80.2 million kyat.

Telenor has said all profits above the reserve price of 3 million kyat per number – in this case 228.9 million – will be donated to build a monastic school building and digital education centre in Myat Lay Yone Monastic School in Kwan Chan Gone township of Yangon, the company said in a statement.

More auctions in other cities are planned.

Week in Review: Myanmar

Published April 20, 2016 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/aec/Week-in-Review-Myanmar-30282633.html

Myanmar Eleven
HOME AEC AEC NEWS MON, 28 MAR, 2016 1:00 AM

Labour rights violations at Korean firms

Almost 30 per cent of the factories surveyed failed to abide by the maximum 16 hours weekly overtime limit, said labour rights group, Action Labour Rights (ALR).

In researching its report called “Under Pressure”, it inspected labour conditions in a number of garment factories that are either wholly Korean owned or joint ventures with Korean companies.

Nearly two thirds of workers surveyed (62 per cent) reported being unable to refuse working excessive hours. This is unsurprising given that almost two-third of workers (63 per cent) said that their take home pay was not enough to live comfortably.

Nearly one third of workers said they were provided payslips only in English or Korean, another direct breach of Myanmar law which requires payslip information to be provided in Burmese.

Only 40 per cent of workers claimed that they have signed employment contracts; many of these did not have their own copy.

Insurance firms fail to move

No foreign insurance companies have applied for a licence to do business in Thilawa Special Economic Zone, according to Insurance Scrutiny Board.

The eligible must have had an office in Myanmar for at least three years before applying.

Currently, 21 foreign firms have offices in the country.

Foreign aid tops US$3.8 bn

During the Thein Sein era starting in 2011, Myanmar received more than US$3.8 billion (Bt134.1 billion) in foreign aid and assistance for 1,270 projects, said Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development.

Aid came from 24 donor countries, five international monastery associations, 20 UN- affiliated organisations, 106 NGOs and five other organisations implemented development projects in Myanmar.

The central committee for receiving foreign assistance approved 43 projects, and the ministry is planning to sign future deals with six countries, 12 ministries and two organisations, according to the ministry’s statement.

Detained students seek NLD help

Detained student leaders expected NLD to raise a motion about the issues of detained students and political prisoners.

Phyo Phyo Aung said she believed the issue would be raised in parliament since most parliamentarians were elected by people who want to see reforms.

“Aung San Suu Kyi is our democracy icon. She is also the leader we have expected. So we hope for change,” she told reporters.

To date, 69 students and supporters have been detained after a crackdown in Letpadan in March 2015.

USDP MP praises Suu Kyi role

Ko Ko Naing, MP of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), welcomed Suu Kyi’s decision to sit as the minister for foreign affairs and the President’s Office, titles that allow her to become a member of the National Defence and Security Council (NDSC), which manages international and domestic affairs.

“She can deal with the international community and she can also make domestic decisions as a member of the NDSC,” he said.

Parliament on Thursday approved the list of 18 ministers for 21 ministries, which included Suu Kyi. It was not announced who would handle which ministry.

The MP said: “I am pleased with the selection of ministers. It is what they said about national reconciliation. In the list of ministers, members of the NLD and USDP and other people are included. The list is rather satisfactory.”

NLD spokesman Zaw Myint Maung said the party is considering reducing the number of chief ministers for regions and states, if the ministers can do their jobs well.

President’s chief bodyguard killed in car crash

Brig-General Win Myint, the chief bodyguard of outgoing president Thein Sein, died from injuries sustained in a car accident in Nay Pyi Taw.

Police said his car skidded and crashed into a post. He was found dead in the driver’s seat.

The traffic police transferred the case to Maj Zaw Lwin Oo from No 11 Military Police. In a related case, Police Colonel Aung Tun Tun Lwin, head of special police forces for the president, passed away on May 19 of last year from gastritis.

Htin Kyaw promises corruption-free society

President-elect Htin Kyaw has promised a corruption-free society. In a speech to Parliament, he also said current government staff would not lose their jobs if they work in accordance with the laws, rules and regulations.

Htin Kyaw spoke during his proposal on ministries and the ministerial appointments in parliament today.

He said the new government would be composed of 21 ministries.

The government under Thein Sein has 36 ministries.

“I heard that some government employees are worried about losing jobs as the number of ministries is being reduced. In fact, only the number of ministers will be reduced, and some of the ministries are combined. We will ensure job security for the government staff,” he told the parliament.

He also said the state will enjoy less spending as a result of the reduction of ministers and ministries, cutting around 5 billion kyat (Bt146 million) over five years, which will improve Myanmar’s chances of shedding its status as a least-developing country.

More spending could be put into the country’s education, health and rural development sectors thanks to the expenditure cutbacks from the reduction of the ministers and ministries, he said.

The parliament approved the president-elect’s proposal for 18 ministers and 21 ministries on Thursday.

Week in Review: Myanmar

Published April 19, 2016 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/aec/Week-in-Review-Myanmar-30282061.html

Myanmar Eleven
HOME AEC AEC NEWS MON, 21 MAR, 2016 1:01 AM

Japanese investment surges

MIRAIT Technologies Corp, a Japanese comprehensive engineering company, has established a local subsidiary in Myanmar mainly to offer services for maintenance, designing communication facilities and mobile phone-related infrastructure.

It said it had already received orders for mobile phone communication works as a project in Myanmar and the new company will take over full-scale development.

Japanese companies are pouring investment into Myanmar. Earlier this month, Mitsui announced US$10.5 million (Bt366.3 million) investment in a fertiliser plant.

According to JiJi Press, Marabeni also planned one fertiliser plant in 2017. Mitsubishi Corp, Itochu Corp and Sumitomo Corp are ramping up their automobile-related businesses.

One of least happy nations

Myanmar is among the least happy countries in the world, ranked 119th in the World Happiness Report 2016 among 156 countries.

The ranking is the lowest among Asean countries: Singapore (22), Thailand (33), Malaysia (47), Indonesia (79), the Philippines (82), Vietnam (96) and Laos (102).

Drought hits Inle Lake

The water level of Inle Lake is decreasing, causing approximately 80 villages to face difficulties with transportation, according to Save the Inle Lake, a non-profit organisation.

Boats have to wade through marsh. Farmers around the lake have begun removing mud from the lake to facilitate transportation. People living on some islands in Myeik have to buy water brought in on boats. The water cost them 500 kyat (Bt14) per barrel. Some villagers have to travel 13 kilometres to get water from another island.

Villagers save water from the rainy season to consume throughout the rest of the year, but it is not always sufficient.

Death penalty for murderers

Three young men were sentenced to death for killing a man and raping his wife in Nay Pyi Taw. The crime committed last year involved another minor, aged only 16, who is still on trial.

The murdered couple, both about 16 years old, were attacked by the four young men while they were travelling by motorbike to downtown Nay Pyi Taw. They were attacked in the Diplomatic Zone.

Tourism sector attracts investment

The combined value of domestic investment in the hotel and tourism sector amounted to 1.2 trillion kyat (Bt35 billion) or about 15 per cent of total, according to the Economic Development Ministry.

Myanmar’s citizens have invested more than 8 trillion since the investment figures were collected in 1988. The investment spread on 48 sectors. While the hotel and tourism sector is the most popular, other sectors include livestock breeding and fisheries, mineral, manufacturing, transport, real estate, construction and industrial zones.

Mandalay MPs wrestling with land grabs: NLD

The Mandalay regional government is working to solve judicial affairs and land grabs, the two main problems facing ordinary people, according to Dr Khin Maung Htay, the region’s deputy speaker.

“We must address poverty and inequality. Land grabbing disputes cannot all be solved at once. We will follow procedures and submit matter to the government and the chief justice,” said Khin Maung Htay.

He said he would cooperate with the new government to resolve the disputes.

The National League for Democracy holds 48 of the 76 seats in the regional parliament and appointed the Speaker and Deputy Speaker.

13,000-year-old cave declared as heritage

Pyadarlin Cave, located in Yawngan Township in the Danu Self-Administered Zone, will be officially classified as the “Pyadarlin Cultural Heritage Site”, according to the Department of Archaeology and National Museum (Mandalay Branch).

The cave, estimated to be over 13,000 years old, was first discovered by archaeologist Khin Maung Kyaw in 1961. Over 1,600 ancient weapons, 12 wall paintings and fossils were found in the cave.

The discoveries were sent to New Zealand for analysis, and the results show that the fossils were around 13,400 years old and that the paintings were drawn sometime between 11,000 to 20,000 years ago.

The wall paintings found in the cave are similar to others found France, Spain, Malaysia and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. The cave is the first of its kind to be found in Myanmar.

Salon ‘sea people’ threatened

The population of Salon people in the Myeik Archipelago, who are often called “sea people” because of their tradition of nomadic seafaring lifestyles, is declining rapidly, sparking concerns that they are in danger of extinction.

Khin Maung Aye, the deputy minister for Livestock and Fisheries, said only 1,800 of them are left.

The danger of the extinction of the Salon is linked to the use of narcotic drugs and alcohol, low marriage rates within the community, the migration of people from other regions and their migration to Thailand.

The 1976 census said there were more than 6,000. The number had dwindled to 4,000 by 2001.

Illegal fishing destroys coral reefs

Coral reefs in Lampi Island Marine National Park in the Myeik archipelago are seriously endangered by illegal fishing, according to the Eco Resort Project, a body working on the conservation of the Lampi reefs.

Fishing crews have long plundered the waters around the park without following procedures.

Week in Review: Myanmar

Published April 17, 2016 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/aec/Week-in-Review-Myanmar-30281462.html

Myanmar Eleven
HOME AEC AEC NEWS MON, 14 MAR, 2016 1:00 AM

Licences to EU insurance firms

The Insurance Business Supervisory Board plan to grant licences to European insurance companies which have had a presence in Myanmar for three years, allowing them to offer services to businesses in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone.

Offering the services now are three Japanese companies: Tokia Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance, Sompo Japan Insurance and Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance.

Foreign insurance companies operating in the SEZ are required to have 30 years of experience in the business and at least two years of experience within Asean. They are required to pay US$30,000 (Bt1.52 million) for a licence and $10,000 in annual fee.

Telecom licence

The telecom authorities will choose at the end of this month the international telecom firm which will become the partner of Myanmar National Telecom, the country’s fourth telecom operator. The enterprise will consist of 10 local companies.

Seven foreign companies submitted applications, including Singtel from Singapore, Viettel from Vietnam, China Telecom and Beijing Xinwei from China, Free Mobile from France and MTN from South Africa.

Sharp drop in illegal timber

The flow of illegal timber being smuggled from Myanmar to China has fallen dramatically in the past six months, according to the Environ-mental Investigation Agency (EIA).

In 2014, illegal trade involving 900,000 square metres of wood, worth almost US$500 million (Bt17.5 billion), against three million square metres in 2005. Its observation showed trucks disappeared. Illegal wood was smuggled between the border only through motorbikes.

The EIA highlighted a combination of factors, from the arrest of 155 Chinese loggers and a glut in the market due to massive smuggling over the past few years to the economic slowdown in China and Myanmar’s general election.

Letpadan remembered

Ceremonies to commemorate the first anniversary of the police crackdown on the students who were marching from Mandalay to Yangon were held in Letpadan, Mandalay, Myingyan and Pathein on Thursday.

More than 120 students and supporters were sent to Thayarwady prison with around 70 being sued under the penal code.

Meanwhile, the All Burma Federation of Student Unions will launch a campaign for judicial reform and the amendment of the constitutional shortly.

Its chairman Kyaw Ko Ko said that as the police who assaulted the students and activists had not been indicted, the judicial system could not be fair.

He said the judicial power is under the control of the Ministry of Home Affairs, which is still under the control of the army.

MIC criticised for hasty land grants

Yangon City Development Council executive member Khin Hlaing blasted the Myanmar Investment Commission for hastily giving land to projects such as Dagon City and the Yangon Parkway Hospital shortly before the political power transfer.

On his Facebook, he said MIC had allotted a 17.07-acre (seven hectare) plot belonging to the Ministry of Science and Technology to Marga Landmark Development, a 3.5-acre plot in Bohtahtaung Township to Shwe Taung Group, 4.5 acres each to Adventure Myanmar and Thukha Yadanar in Lanmadaw Township, as well as a 4.4-acre plot belonging to the Ministry of Health to Andaman Alliance Healthcare.

He said such actions were done without consultation with the YCDC, giving the new government the power to nullify the MIC resolution.

Focus on Yangon traffic jam

Yangon City Development Council will install new traffic lights in 154 places within six months, as part of its plan to reduce traffic jam in Yangon.

It said the congestion would be reduced by to 30 or 40 per cent after the system is implemented.

The 20-billion-kyat (Bt580 million) project is being funded by a special government fund.

At present, Yangon has only 10 automatic traffic lights, which were installed with the cooperation of the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Kachin party against Myitsone dam

Kachin Democracy Party chairman Dr Manam Tu Ja urged the new government to listen to the voice of the people who do not agree to the resumption of the Myitsone dam project.

On news report that China is seeking to find ways to resume the project, he said the government should not let it proceed if this is against the people’s will. He urged the Chinese and Myanmar governments to work together to terminate the project.

“President Thein Sein suspended the project to pay respect to the people’s desires,” he said. “The new president is also an elected person, so he or she will have to listen to the people’s voice.”

Shan groups unity sought

The Committee for Shan State Unity has resolved to set up a liaison team.

The team will seek to bring Shan people and other ethnic minority organisations in the state into the committee, in an attempt to restore unity among all ethnic groups in the state and solve political problems among them.

Resettling Kachin refugees

The Myitkyina-based Peace Consulting Group has called on Tatmadaw and the Kachin Independence Army to resettle more than 10,000 refugees who were forced into camps by conflicts that erupted in 2011.

Work is needed to allow people to return to their homes, including the clearing of landmines laid by both sides, and creating job opportunities in the affected areas, PCG said.

The KIA on Wednesday said it had agreed with the Union Peace Implementation Work Committee in 2013 to address the humanitarian crisis but no progress had been made.

More than 100,000 refugees have been forced to flee clashes since 2011.

The KIA said it was waiting for the National League for Democracy government to take office before holding peace talks.

Week in Review: Myanmar

Published April 16, 2016 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/aec/Week-in-Review-Myanmar-30280897.html

Myanmar Eleven
HOME AEC AEC NEWS MON, 7 MAR, 2016 1:00 AM

Volkswagen gets distributor

Volkswagen appointed Yoma German Motors, a subsidiary of Yoma Strategic Holdings, its official distributor of a range of passenger cars and SUVs in Myanmar.

Since October 2013, the group has provided after-sales, service and Volkswagen spare parts distribution.

It also has a contract to represent Mitsubishi Motors in the servicing and distribution of passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles. It also operates a service centre for Hino trucks and buses.

MPT targets business clients

MPT launched IP-VPN (Virtual Private Network) service for businesses, having CB Bank as the first client.

The new service is provided, using the nationwide IP network, also used for its 3G network, the largest in Myanmar.

It said the new service is more flexible, easier to expand and less expensive to operate.

Domestic investment

Local companies invested 726 billion kyats during April and September, the first half of the 2015-16 fiscal year, according to the National Planning and Economic Development Ministry.

Hotels and tourism sector won the highest sum, 199 billion. This was followed by 157 billion in manufacturing, 150 billion in housing development and 149 billion in transport. About 28 billion was invested in livestock breeding and fisheries.

In the 2014-15 fiscal year, domestic investment amounted to 1.2 trillion kyats.

Industrial development

The Myanmar Industries Association and South Korea’s Jelloabukdo Industries Association signed a bilateral agreement to promote Myanmar’s industrial sector.

Twenty-seven Korean businessmen visited the country and another group schedules its visit for next month. Technological aid will be also provided.

At the end of 2015, South Korean companies had invested US$3.3 billion in the country.

Farmers plough land seized in 1970s

Mandalay farmers ploughed in protest on fields that were seized by the army in the 1970s to mark “Peasants’ Day” in Katatchin village.

The Central Command seized more than 200 acres of land during the Revolutionary Council government in the 1970s and eventually permitted Tin Maung, the proprietor of the Great Wall Company, to rent it back to other farmers.

Rohingya left behind

John Ging, director of operations at the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), said he was shocked to see the state of the Rohingya refugee camps during his February visit, according to AFP.

He mentioned that the Rohingya continue to languish in “dreadful conditions” with children dying because they are refused healthcare. He added that the Muslim minority risked being forgotten in the afterglow of recent elections.

SME loan scheme fails

Myanmar Insurance Enterprise (MIE) announced zero success in the credit insurance scheme for SMEs, which was launched in June 2014.

Banks were reluctant to lend under the Credit Guarantee Insurance, MIE spokesperson said.

Under the scheme, MIE is tasked to assure lenders of partial repayments should the borrowers fail to honour debt obligations.

Mandalay commemorates 17 martyrs killed in ‘1300 Revolution’

A ceremony to commemorate the 17 martyrs who were killed in the ‘1300 Revolution’ was held at the Martyrs’ Mausoleum in Mandalay Region.

The 1300 Revolution was a movement in which oil workers went on strike to demand better wages and working conditions in 1939. While marching down 26th Street Mandalay’s Eaindawyar Pagoda on February 10 that year, British colonial authorities shot into the crowd, killing seven Buddhist monks and 10 others.

Week in Review: Myanmar

Published April 16, 2016 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/aec/Week-in-Review-Myanmar-30280450.html

Myanmar Eleven
HOME AEC AEC NEWS MON, 29 FEB, 2016 5:11 PM

Dubai to Yangon flights

Emirates announced a daily service from Dubai to Yangon and Hanoi, starting on August 3.

Emirates’ first air service to Myanmar supports the country’s tourism master plan to target 7.5 million tourist arrivals by 2020, the airline said.

This new route will strengthen Emirates’ network of destinations in Southeast Asia, offer a new flight option to passengers travelling between Hanoi and Yangon, and open up new connections for Myanmese and Vietnamese travellers to access Emirates’ global network.

Trade and tourism fair

The Vietnam-Myanmar Trade Service and Tourism Fair will be held in Yangon from April 1 to 4 to offer Vietnamese enterprises a good opportunity to explore investment and trade opportunities in the growing market, according to Viet Nam News.

Hosted by the Ho Chi Minh City Investment and Trade Promotion Centre (ITPC), it will have 120 booths, providing information on trade, services and tourism in HCM City, and separate exhibition areas for hi-tech agriculture and building materials.

Municipal officials and businesses will conduct a market survey in Yangon and Mandalay cities from March 31 to April 5.

ITPC director Pham Thiet Hoa said although the low-end consumption segment comprised the major part of the Myanmar market, the middle and high-end segments were being expanded thanks to the country’s efforts to open up the market.

Many Vietnamese brands, such as Vissan food, Sa Giang rice products, Trung Nguyen coffee and Vinamilk milk and juice, as well as Dien Quang light bulbs and Dai Dong Tien plastic goods, have successfully made inroads into Myanmar’s market.

Vietnam exported goods worth more than US$378.5 million (Bt13.5 billion) to Myanmar in 2015.

Myanma Awba gets US$10 IFC loan

The International Finance Corporation has pledged a US$10 million loan to Myanma Awba for the construction of a $25 million agro-chemicals formulation plant.

Myanma Awba also aims to enhance its packaging and warehouse capacity, seed production, working capital and microfinance operations.

Awba’s approximately 1,000-strong sales and marketing team are all trained agronomists with technical expertise, which helped the company establish its market leadership, IFC said. With the loan, Awba engaged IFC for a corporate governance assessment.

Climate change measures needed

An MP from the Union Solidarity and Development Party submitted a proposal to the Lower House urging the union government to take precautionary measures against global climate change and the potential impact of El Nino.

MP Maung Thin stressed the need to take preventative measures and preparations against the effects of El Nino this year. Those measures include the systematic use of drinking and irrigation water, monitoring of the agricultural and livestock sectors, emergency food storage, the adoption of new agricultural systems compatible with dry weather, the extension of water supply systems, the prevention of diseases caused by high temperatures and fire safety measures.

Forces clearing conflict zones

Government forces have cleared the areas where the Shan State Army (SSA) and the Taang National Liberation Army ethnic armed groups have been exchanging fire in Namhsan and Kyaukme townships in northern Shan State. The fighting forced a total of 3,657 people to flee the areas and take shelter in refugee camps.

Government peace negotiators, led by Minister Aung Min, also met with a SSA delegation led by Yawd Serk in Chiang Mai. The recent skirmishes were discussed, along with the fact that the SSA is not yet a signatory in the national ceasefire agreement.

Govt told to stop selling spree

National League for Democracy MP Khin San Hlaing proposed an end to the government’s sale, hire and transfer of state-owned land, industries and enterprises before it leaves office.

The MP said the government’s task in the remaining month should be focused on power transfer. However, some ministries and regional governments are rapidly managing early permissions for projects, the forced eviction of squatters and the production of mineral resources without seeking the correct approval, he said.

The permission to allow a private company to use a plot near Yangon General Hospital was cited as an example.

Democracy lessons

Newly elected politicians and military appointees are both being required to take classes on focusing on democracy and political institutions, The Guardian newspaper reported on Friday. The five-day training class includes lessons on effective communication strategies as well as the balance of power in Myanmar’s new government that will be formed next month.

“I would like to see a parliament that is respected by the world,” the newspaper quotes Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the dominant National League for Democracy, as saying as the course began.

More political prisoners

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners said in its latest report that the number of political activists facing charges rose to 399 in January, after the arrests of 7 political activists.

The number of prisoners of conscience in prisons across the country is 86. Thirty-two political activists faced new charges between January 22 and 31, some of whom were sued under Section 18 for illegal protests.

Mine clearers await permission

Domestic and foreign mine clearance organisations are awaiting the green light from Myanmar’s authorities to clear landmines in 45 townships across the country, mostly in Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Shan and Mon states and Tanintharyi and Bago regions.

About five million people are in danger from landmines, according to the Myanmar Landmine Clearance Initiative.

More than 60 experts from home and abroad drew a draft landmine clearance plan over six months.

Personnel are now ready to start work but are waiting for government and military approval, according to the Myanmar Peace Centre.

Week in review: Myanmar

Published March 19, 2016 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/aec/Week-in-review-Myanmar-30279907.html

Myanmar Eleven
AEC NEWS   MON, 22 FEB, 2016 5:59 PM

Skyrocketing inflation

The consumer price index rose 10.97 per cent in January, even higher than the 10.75 per cent year-on-year growth rate in the same period last year, according to the Central Statistical Organisation under the Ministry for National Planning and Economic Development.

The cost of living in Chin State was the highest, with the index rising by 22.02 per cent. It was followed by Kayah State with 17.61 per cent and Rakhine State with 17.05 per cent. The lowest rates were reported in Hpa-An, Dawei and Pyay.

Nissan plant to open this year

Nissan will open a car assembly plant in Myanmar this year, targeting to churn out at least 10,000 vehicles per annum.

The plant in Bago will employ about 300 workers.

Nissan said that it expected demand would increase rapidly due to political and economic changes in the country.

It will assemble Sunny sedans for the domestic market. Nissan is the second automaker to start assembling vechiles in Myanmar after Suzuki.

Trade deficit exceeds US$5bn

The trade deficit set a new record after exceeding US$5 billion for the first time in history. As of February 12, the deficit stood at $5.04 billion, surpassing $4.91 billion reported during the 2014-15 fiscal year.

The 2015-16 fiscal year will end on March 30. Since April 2015, imports were valued at $14.25 billion against $9.21 billion of exports.

Another power project

The Ministry of Electric Power signed a memorandum of understanding with Thu Lay Co Ltd for the development of the 160-megawatt Bawkahta hydropower project.

The project will be developed under a build-operate-transfer system. It will distribute power to Kayin State and Bago Region. In Kayin State, power lines will be installed from Myawaddy to Mawlamyine and Kawkareik. Substations will also be constructed in Myawaddy and Kawkareik.

Yangon railway project

Fifteen local and foreign companies have been shortlisted for the development of the 25-hecate land plot surrounding Yangon Central Railway Station.

According to Myanma Railways, foreign companies represent the US, Italy, France and the UK. A total of 18 local and foreign companies from 14 countries submitted expressions of interest in implementing the project.

The shortlisted companies are Fortune International Group, Capital Diamond Star Group, High Tech Concrete Technology Co Ltd, Min Dhama Company Ltd, Shwe Gon Development Group, a Myanmar-South Korea joint venture, a Myanmar-Singapore joint venture, a Myanmar-US-UK-France-Korea-Vietnam joint venture, China Railways International Group, Excellent Fortune Development Group Co Ltd and Great Genesis Gems Co Ltd (Yaung Investment Group), plus one company each from Italy, Singapore and South Korea and a US-France-Philippines joint venture.

The companies can now buy bid document priced at US$30,000 (Bt1 million). Bids must be submitted before May.

Inle Lake dries up during drought

Rivers to Haeyar and Paypingone villages are almost unusable or dried to a few feet deep.

Residents at the iconic destination said that makeshift preventive measures were holding back a little water, which would disappear when temperatures rose next month.

Villagers said most of the 29 tributaries to Inle had dried up, meaning water was only added to the lake in large quantities during the monsoon season.

Last year’s record-breaking drought destroyed around 32 hectares of farmland and transport.

Message to US, Asean

While attending the US-Asean Summit last week, Vice President Nyan Tun stressed Myanmar’s stance and its implementation of issues such as maritime security, trans-boundary challenges and the fight against terrorism.

$62mn wholesale market project underway

The Golden Dragon Construction and the Myanmar International Cooperation Agency signed a contract for the US$62-million (Bt2.2 billion) Danyingon Wholesale Market project in Yangon.

The project consists of a wholesale market exclusively for meat and two cold storages. It is set for completion in three years.

The Ministry of Livestock, Fishery and Rural Development earlier opened the Kyokone jetty and seafood market.

Public hospitals on heatstroke alert

Public hospitals are prepared for heatstroke patients due to the sudden temperature rise.

Dr Aye Ko Ko, the head of Yangon General Hospital (YGH) said temperatures could be higher than usual due to the El Nino weather pattern.

“Our Department of Medical Care and the Public Health Department under the Ministry of Health will educate the people about preventive measures against the heat,” he said.

YGH has prepped medicines and air-conditioned wards for 50 heatstroke patients at a time. Extra rooms are also available.

The Ministry of Home Affairs also urged all households to beware of fire hazards

Parliamentary committees

Ten parliamentary committees have been formed and three more will be set up. The previous parliament had 23 committees as well as a commission.

The three more committees will be Resources and Environmental Conservation, Transport, Communications and Construction, and Health and Sport Development .

The conservation committee aims to work for the preservation of natural resources and the environment, systematic extraction and ecosystem protection.

MPs asked to free students

MPs have been urged to submit an urgent proposal to Parliament to free the students still in jail after protesting against the National Education Law a year ago, according to Robert San Aung, the accused students’ lawyer.

The leaders of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (Ba-Ka-Tha), Min Thway Thit, Kyaw Ko Ko, Nanda Sit Aung, Lin Htet Naing and activist Win Kyawt Hmu, appeared at Kamayut court on February 18 to face charges. All of them are facing multiple charges in Thayarwady in Bago and Yangon regions.

Week in review: Myanmar

Published March 19, 2016 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/aec/Week-in-review-Myanmar-30279291.html

Myanmar Eleven
AEC NEWS   MON, 15 FEB, 2016 1:00 AM

Australian miner wins licence

Australian PanAust Group was granted exploration licences for three mining blocks in Sagaing region, covering 1,400 square kilometres of land considered highly prospective for copper and gold.

Managing director Fred Hess said this is an opportunity to strengthen the company’s presence in Asia and participate in the economic transition underway within the country.

Geochemical sampling and mapping is underway to identify potential drill targets by year-end.

Pedestrian tunnels mulled

The Yangon City Development Committee plans to build pedestrian tunnels in Yangon to ease worsening congestion.

Officers have observed projects in Japan. Work is underway to suppress possible criminal activities inside the tunnels and also to protect them from floods.

U Bein Bridge still popular

Over 1,000 tourists visit U Bein Bridge on Taungthaman Lake in Mandalay daily this month, according to the Taungthaman Boat Association.

In December, visitors to the world’s oldest teak bridge numbered about 300-400.

French, German, American, Chinese and Korean tourists make up most of them.

The association has 45 small boats and 16 ancillary boats.

Signs of drought

Artesian wells and lakes in Myaing township of Magway’s Pakokku district were reportedly running dry due to lower rainfall during last year’s monsoon.

Last year Pakokku villagers were forced to pay for water deliveries.

Shan rebel fighting

The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) opened fire on February 7 in Shan’s Kyaukme township.

As of Friday, the skirmishes continued, forcing more than 700 people from two villages to flee.

The skirmishes broke off after TNLA forces attacked mountainous areas held by the RCSS.

The RCSS said its attempts to negotiate have met with no response.

To mark the 69th Shan National Day on February 7, the RCSS/Shan State Army (SSA), which signed a nationwide ceasefire agreement with the government in October, issued a statement, saying it would closely monitor the new government’s policies and actions relating to the peace process.

They expressed high hope in the new government.

Five Karen parties to discuss merger

Chiefs of five Karen (Kayin) ethnic parties would convene the first merger talks in Hpa-An in Kayin state from February 27-28.

Mann Aung Pyi Soe, vice chairman of the Phalon Sawaw Democratic Party, said this followed the resolution reached on January 26 for a merger within a year.

Mann Kyaw Nyein, general secretary of the Karen National Party, said the focus of the talks must be on discussing policies to prevent any future dissolution of the merger.

Besides the two parties, they are the Karen Democratic Party, Karen People’s Party and Karen State Democracy and Development Party.

Suu Kyi threatened on Facebook

A Facebook user threatened to kill chairwoman of the National League for Democracy Aung San Suu Kyi, sparking a call from her supporters for legal action against him. So far, no action has been launched against the user named “Ye Myint Lwin”.

“Let’s think about the suspension of Section 59(f) of the Constitution. Please give me a AWM or a AS50 [sniper rifle] and a month’s training and I shall kill her,” he posted.

He has deactivated his account.

Dagon City project

The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has given a plot in Yangon owned by the Ministry of Science and Technology to Marga Landmark Development Co as a new site for the Dagon City project.

Yangon residents last year protested against the original site near Shwedagon Pagoda, fearing harm to the sacred pagoda.

The MIC granted 7.2 hectares at the corner of Kabar Aye Pagoda Road and Kanbae Road in Yankin township.

Brand new MPT store

Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) has opened a store near Sule Pagoda, the first of over 100 MPT Brand flagship stores. All of them will be opened by next month.

Through the stores, it hopes to improve services to 18 million subscribers including lost or damaged SIM card replacement, top up credit purchases and the dissemination of MPT’s other services and promotions.

These will also increase the company’s points of sale from about 80,000 at present.

YGH staff doubles

Yangon General Hospital (YGH) saw a surge in its personnel capacity after the upgrade to a 2,000-bed hospital from 1,500 beds.

Budgets for public hospitals have been increased since the 2012-13 fiscal year. YGH received 750 million kyat (Bt22 million) in the 2012-13 fiscal year; 2.5 billion in the 2013-14 year, 4.8 billion in 2014-15 and 5.4 billion in 2015-16.

Week in review: Myanmar

Published February 8, 2016 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/aec/Week-in-review-Myanmar-30278760.html

AEC NEWS

Myanmar Eleven   MON, 8 FEB, 2016 1:00 AM

Solo travellers on the rise

The number of solo travellers has steadily increased in Nyaungshwe and Inle Lake in Shan State, according to the Nyaungshwe branch of the Myanmar Tour Guide Association.

Most tour guides have said the demographic of foreign tourists who make up the foreign individual tourist market are young, adventurous and usually alone, while those here on package tours tend to be middle-aged or older and prefer to learn about the history and culture of the region.

A total of 130,715 tourists visited Nyaungshwe in the 2014-2015 fiscal year, and 89,169 tourists came during the 2015-2016 fiscal year up to December.

Villages to get power

JJ-Pun, a joint venture of Singapore-based Jebsen and Jessen and SPA, a branch of Yoma group of companies, aims to light 100 off-grid villages.

The company is to start importing equipment and choosing sites by the middle of the year.

Philip Hoffmann, managing director of JJ-Pun, the firm would work with other organisations to deliver on the scheme, after successes with similar projects in Africa.

Fraud hurting property market

Real estate analysts have said developers shun Yangon’s suburbs as landowners there often fail to provide proper paperwork to prove their ownership.

“The prices are very good but everyone is afraid of the troubles that will follow. Prices have halved,” said Zin Min, a property agent.

The government has also issued warnings about fraudulent transactions where people have presented fake documents, keeping the actual owner in the dark.

Properties in townships such as Dagon Seikkan, Mingaladon and Shwepyitha became popular as the prices were far lower than those in central Yangon. Some linked the low prices to the increasing number of squatters in the townships.

Shwe Mann lands top job

The National League for Democracy nominated Shwe Mann to head a prominent legal advisory panel, as the freshly-elected parliament prepares to choose a new president, Reuters reported.

The appointment of Shwe Mann, a former speaker of parliament, will allow Aung San Suu Kyi to draw on his deep understanding of the army and the outgoing government to boost her firepower in the assembly.

Shwe Mann, who lost to an NLD candidate in last year’s elections and is not a member of parliament, will lead a panel on legal affairs consisting MPs, technocrats and members of the military who will advise on legislation.

Mining operations suspended

Six companies were ordered to halt mining operations in Hpakant, Kachin State, as repeated landslides are hitting the site where as many as 200 jade hunters were killed during a landslide in November.

The latest landslide occurred at the slagheap named Kankham on January 25.

Kankham caused at least five landslides in 2015 and the deadliest one occurred on November 21, burying about 70 scavengers’ huts. A total of 114 bodies were recovered although villagers estimated about 200 were missing.

Kachin landmines kill 11

Landmine blasts killed 11 people and injured 79 in 2015 in Kachin State, according to police records.

The police said there were 52 mine blasts last year in the state, adding that the victims were mostly farmers, workers and children. Most mine blasts occurred in Hpakant and Mohnyin regions.

Activists charged for protest

Activists Naw Ohn Hla and Tin Htut Paing have been prosecuted under Section 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law after already being handed a five-year prison term, reports say.

On August 8, 2014, they were arrested for protesting to mark the 26th anniversary of the 1988 uprising.

The activists will face other trials for calling for justice on May 15 over the death of Khin Win who was shot during the Letpadaungtaung copper mine protest.

Ethnic groups seek peace

Karen National Union chairman General Mutu Say Po said the KNU would cooperate with the new government, ethnic armed groups and political parties to amend the constitution.

He continued: “To all ethnic Kayin people, the KNU demanded negotiations to stop the war. However, successive governments neglected us. Only the administration of U Thein Sein would hold a discussion with us, and only after the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement was finalised.”

He said genuine national reconciliation would be achievable only after the 2008 constitution was amended.

Kachin State Democracy Party Chairman Dr Manan Tuu Jar also expressed the wish to end conflict in the troubled state by working with the new government.

He said it was a must to stop the civil war.

More than 1,500 clashes have been reported between the government and the Kachin Independence Organisation since June 2011.

Pensioners hustle for housing

A huge number of applicants applied for spots in the recently announced low-rent Mahabandoola housing project, according to the Yangon Region government,

The application for a 30,000-kyat-per-month (Bt845) rental flat in South Dagon Township opened on February 1 and the majority of the applicants were pensioners.

There were around 700 applicants on the first day alone.

Only one apartment per family is allowed, and the applicant must fit the following criteria: they must not own a property, which documents from related government departments prove.

People awarded the right to rent a bedroom apartment will not be allowed to take on sub-letters.

“I am living with my relatives but have no place to call my own. I used to be a public servant, and now I am a pensioner. Others were given land plots, apartments and phones, but after 34 years of service, I do not even own a small apartment. It makes me sad. I hope that I will get a place, even though there are so many applicants,” said Daw Win, 64, a pensioner from Insein Township.

The application period will end on February 15.

%d bloggers like this: