India-Myanmar pact for socio-economic development of Rakhine State

Signed between Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and Myanmar Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Soe Aung in Myanmar’s capital Nay Pyi Taw, this is the first government to government pact inked by Myanmar with a cooperation partner focused on socio-economic development and livelihood initiatives in the Rakhine State.

EU €20 million grant will help improve water resource management

A new European Union grant of €20 million will help improve water resource management and the productivity of the agricultural sector in Myanmar’s central dry zone, according to a statement from the body. The ‘Irrigated Agriculture Inclusive Development Project’ (IAIDP) aims to improve living conditions and incomes of rural communities in the central dry zone. […]

Papal appeal in defence of minorities

SPEAKING in Myanmar’s capital, the religious leader of over one billion Catholics mounted a strong appeal to Myanmar in defence of minorities. He called on religious communities to reconcile the ethnic groups and called on the country to resolve conflicts through peaceful means. In his first address in the country, Pope Francis placed emphasis on […]

Myanmar Economic Monitor October 2017 (World Bank)

Myanmar’s macroeconomic environment remains stable, though economic growth is estimated to have slowed to 5.9 percent in 2016/17 compared to 7 percent in 2015/16, weighed down by slower investment demand. Growth is projected to recover to 6.4 percent in 2017/18, though risks are tilted to the downside due to the recent escalation of tensions in […]

“US to push for peace in Rakhine”: Official

The US will push for the restoration of peace in Rakhine when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and army chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing on Wednesday. A senior State Department official told Mizzima in an interview that ‘stabilisation of Northern Rakhine’ is a top priority’ for Washington […]

Japan’s Abe offers $ 1 billion in rural aid to Myanmar’s Su Kyi

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday pledge up to 117 billion yen ($1.03 billion) of development aid to Myanmar in a meeting in Manila with government leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The package of low-interest loans will be used to fund projects including infrastructure and small company financing meant to help […]

State Counsellor in Danang with President Tran Dai Quong

Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in Da Nang, Vietnam to attend the Asean-Apec leaders’ informal dialogue. (Photo-AFP) State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrived on November 9 in Da Nang, Vietnam at the invitation of Tran Dai Quang, president of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to attend the Asean- Apec leaders’ “informal dialogue”, the state […]

State Counsellor in Rakhine State

The State Counselor’s Office director-general U Zaw Htay told The Irrawaddy the leader is on a one-day visit to the area, adding that more details of the trip would be published soon. The State Counselor arrived in Sittwe around 8 a.m., and met with about 12 young people at the airport.She was accompanied by businesspeople Zaw […]