U Nu once famously described China and Burma as ‘the elephant and the lamb,’ and feared a Chinese invasion in the early 1950s.
Investment group plans tourism and pharmaceutical ventures; domestic investors focus on property; opportunities seen in Burma’s health market.
Laur Kiik talks with a Kachin elder who was at the root of the Myitsone resistance.
U Thaung Tun emphasizes the government’s plans for development in Arakan State and downplays intl reports of crimes against the Muslim minority.
The office is yet to comment on findings of an investigation it ordered into development funds alleged to have gone missing under the previous govt.
Low rent from two construction projects—plus one in the pipeline—cost the regional govt more than 13 billion kyats in the last fiscal year.
Critics underestimate the extent of legacy burdens and overlook real achievements, says Turnell.
The Electricity ministry will attempt to sway public opinion in support of hydropower and coal-fired power plants, says the permanent secretary.
Magwe lawmaker U Tun Tun tells The Irrawaddy how his questions in parliament led to a 7 billion kyat embezzlement investigation into the previous regional government.
A report reveals that the govt has suffered a whopping 57.923 billion kyat loss from long-term reduced rent leasing agreements in public parks.
The challenge for the delegation will be to act in Burma’s national interests, and to refrain from bending to Beijing’s dominance.
China has shifted its position in a lengthy dispute with Burma over the building of a $3.6 billion dam, sources say.
The Irrawaddy interviews Ma Pwint Htun about Burma’s growing mobile financial services industry.
The business community is asking for information on the NLD govt’s preferred investments by both local and foreign companies.
Statistics show childbirth and pregnancy-related complications are the leading causes of death among women in Burma.