Burmese Student Wins Research Award at AIDS Conference

A Burmese graduate student and public health practitioner studying in Australia has been recognized for his research on online LGBT communities.

Burmese Artifacts Added to the Memory of the World Register

Two more Burmese artifacts have been included in Unesco’s Memory of the World Register for 2015: the Golden Parchment and the Myazedi Inscription.

$4.9m Repair Bill for Rail Network after Flood Damage

Burma will need nearly $5 million and 18 months to finish repairing damage to the nation’s rail network in the wake of August’s floods disaster.

The government expects the number of tourists who come to Burma this year to reach 5 million, but will it happen?

EU-Funded Trade Development Program Launches in Naypyidaw

A three-year European Union-funded program to help streamline new trading opportunities for Burma is launched during a ceremony in Burma’s capital Tuesday.

RANGOON — President Thein Sein used his monthly radio address on Tuesday to emphasize the significance of the country’s looming general election, calling on voters to make considered decisions at the ballot box and for the result to be respected. In his speech, broadcast on several radio stations on Tuesday, the president said he understood […]

World Bank Forecasts Drop in Burma’s Economic Growth

A World Bank report released Monday predicts a drop in Burma’s economic growth for the 2015-16 fiscal year, due in part to recent flooding.

Burmese-Only Jade Sale Pegged for December

The Myanmar Gems Enterprise will hold the year’s first jade sale exclusively for local traders in December, amid a continuing push for value-added entrepreneurship.

A delegation of US business representatives is set to arrive in Rangoon late this year, according to an official from Burma’s chamber of commerce.

After Delays, Domestic Telecoms Partners to be Announced in October

Burma’s communications ministry further delays awarding a fourth and final telecom license until mid-October following a fiercely contested bid for the coveted permit.

Thein Nyunt, a member of the National League for Democracy (NLD) for two decades, was elected to Union Parliament in 2010 for the National Democratic Force (NDF), following an NLD boycott of the poll. The following year, Thein Nyunt and two others split from the NDF, forming the New National Democracy Party (NNDP).  A lawyer, […]

Michael Gaebler, CEO of Aviareps, speaks with The Irrawaddy about the company’s vision for building up and supporting Burma’s aviation industry.


RANGOON — As Burma’s President Thein Sein nears the end of his term, and amid an apparent pitch to portray himself as the architect of a successful reform agenda, questions have been raised about the true extent of his accomplishments. Since taking office in 2011 as the leader of a new quasi-civilian government following decades […]

Rice Export Restrictions to be Lifted Mid-October: Commerce Ministry

Burma’s government this week announced a further easing of restrictions on rice exports after a 45-day suspension was conditionally lifted on September 15.

Roving anti-smuggling teams have seized more than 50 billion kyats worth of smuggled goods in border areas over the last three years, the ministry says.

Twelve Months on, Kyaukphyu Tender Still up in the Air

Twelve months since Burma’s government opened bids for the development of the Kyaukphyu SEZ, officials remain noncommittal regarding the successful bidders.

The World Bank approved an interest-free loan to Burma of US$400 million on Wednesday to aid the country’s ambitious National Electrification Plan.

Concerned over a spate of army appointments to government departments, professionals across the country are donning colored ribbons to express opposition.

While rice exports via sea routes resumed Tuesday, overland exports remain suspended as the government considers tweaking trade policy after recent floods.

The Asian Development Bank’s Trade Finance Program aims to enhance the technical capacity of Burmese banks, which could offer a boost to local businesses.

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