Rice Federation Calls for Export Halt on Flood Shortage Fears

The Myanmar Rice Federation has asked its members to stop exports, after dramatic rice price rises in flooded areas and fears of a drop in harvest yields.

Burma’s Other Rare Gems: Old Titles Top Sales at Seikku Cho Cho Book Fair

Book lovers spend the rainy holiday weekend perusing long-lost titles at the Seikku Cho Cho book fair from July 31 to Aug. 12.

Still Flying High as Competition Closes In: Myanmar Airways International

The KBZ group-owned airline, first launched in 1993, is contemplating ways to meet stiff competition from abroad, says senior executive Aye Mra Tha.

Jolie’s Plans to Visit Arakan State Dampened by Cyclone

Hollywood film star Angelina Jolie Pitt postpones a visit to western Burma’s Arakan State due to a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal.

Rangoon’s First Electric Tram to Launch in October

Burma’s Ministry of Rail Transportation partners with Japan’s West Corporation to launch an electric commuter tramcar line in downtown Rangoon.

Govt Seeks Final Telco Operator from Local Firms

A year after two foreign operators revolutionized Burma’s mobile market, the government is seeking a local company to spearhead the fourth and final telecom license.

Win Myo Thu: ‘Deforestation is Particularly Worrying’

Win Myo Thu, the director of EcoDev, speaks with The Irrawaddy about combating deforestation and defending the rights and livelihoods of local communities.

New Rangoon-Ho Chi Minh City Air Route Due Early October

Vietnamese airline VietJet announces it will be that country’s first private carrier to link with Rangoon in a year when Asean is ramping up connectivity.

Thailand, Burma to Ink Visa Exemption Deal Next Week

Nearly two years in the making, both countries will sign a reciprocal deal for 14 days of visa-free travel from the end of August.

KBZ’s Nang Lang Kham: ‘Women Are Taking a Lead Role’

Women are “a force for national development” says Ma Nang Lai Kham of the Kanbawza group of companies.

Journal Fined 2m Kyats for Defaming President

Two journalists employed by the Myanmar Herald were fined one million kyats (US$800) each after being found guilty of defaming the president.

Opposition Party Courts Women Candidates

When Burma’s voters head to the polls in November, they can expect to see an unprecedented number of women on the ballot.

Burma’s Imports Continue to Outpace Exports in Q1

Burma’s exports rise in the first quarter of the fiscal year compared with the same 2014-15 period, but fail to keep pace with increasing imports.

Burmese Diplomat: ‘I Have Taken Up Tough Duties’

Daw Yin Yin Myint, Burma’s first female ambassador in decades, speaks with The Irrawaddy about her role as a top diplomat based in Germany.

Central Bank Closes Exchange Gap, Further Weakening Kyat

Burma’s Central Bank brings its official currency exchange rate in line with the black market, leading illicit traders to push the unofficial rate further skyward.

State-Owned Telecom Slashes Landline Fees as Users Go Mobile

Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) halves the price of landline phone installation after years of wringing the country’s monopolized communications market.

Myat Thin Aung: ‘The Impact Could Come Very Quickly’

The president of the Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone, Myat Thin Aung, warns that Burma’s minimum wage increase will threaten the viability of some factories.

Ma Ba Tha Determined to Make Airwaves

Burma’s Ministry of Information dashes Ma Ba Tha’s hopes of launching its own radio station—at least for now—but the group says it will keep pushing.

Burma’s Skills Sector in the Spotlight

Business sources welcome a call for British companies to invest in Burma’s skills sector, citing a dearth of qualified workers to fill growing job opportunities.

Banking on Plastic

The Irrawaddy speaks with Ko Zaw Lin Htut, CEO of the Myanmar Payment Union, on his vision for a “cashless society.”

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