BBC Burma pulls Myanmar TV deal over Rohingya ‘censorship’

The BBC’s Burmese language service on Monday said it was pulling a broadcasting deal with a popular Myanmar television channel citing “censorship”, with insiders saying the partners had clashed over coverage of the Muslim Rohingya minority. The announcement is the latest blow to struggling press freedoms in the country and a remarkable turnaround for a ...

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Thousands demand K5,600 minimum daily wage at Yangon protest

Thousands demand K5,600 minimum daily wage at Yangon protest

Around 2,000 workers from across southern Myanmar marched in Yangon’s Hlaingthayar Township to demand a new daily wage of K5,600 (US$4.11), saying the current minimum wage of...

Myanmar migrant workers in South Korea stage protest demanding equal working rights

Myanmar migrant workers in South Korea stage protest demanding equal working rights

Over the weekend, a group of migrant workers, including Myanmar nationals, staged a protest in the South Korean city of Incheon to demand fairer working rights. The 70-strong...

MPT to replace mailboxes across the country with new revenue-generating models

MPT to replace mailboxes across the country with new revenue-generating models

Ever want to send postcards to other countries — or even other parts of Myanmar — but find yourself hesitant to use the national postal system because, well, you don’t think...

China freezes bank accounts of over 100 Myanmar traders

China freezes bank accounts of over 100 Myanmar traders

Chinese banks have frozen the accounts of more than 100 commodities traders in northeast Myanmar in a bid to clamp down on smuggling and illegal gambling, state media reported...

Myanmar Consumers Union launches web and mobile consumer complaint forms

Myanmar Consumers Union launches web and mobile consumer complaint forms

Citizens with a complaint about a faulty product or rude customer service can now voice their concerns online through the Myanmar Consumers Union’s newly-launched site. The...

Morning Star Café demolished three years after being ordered to close

Morning Star Café demolished three years after being ordered to close

Scores of workers hired by local authorities this morning raided and demolished Morning Star Café, which was located within the Yangon Zoological Garden compound. Authorities...

Yangon police displace thousands to make way for new high-rise [PHOTOS]

Yangon police displace thousands to make way for new high-rise [PHOTOS]

At least six people were arrested on Monday as Yangon authorities started to clear a huge slum on the city’s northern fringes, as bitter competition for land in...

Jade scavengers in Nansipon fear expulsion by force

Jade scavengers in Nansipon fear expulsion by force

Jade scavengers living in the mining areas of Nansipon in Sagaing Region’s Kani Township fear that authorities will remove them by force after they failed to leave voluntarily...

New Chatbot aims to revolutionize financial literacy in Myanmar

New Chatbot aims to revolutionize financial literacy in Myanmar

The Mr. Finance Chatbot is leveraging Myanmar’s smartphone revolution to provide access to financial literacy to as many people as possible. Financial literacy is weak in...


 

Coconuts Yangon Business

Since Myanmar started opening up to the outside world in 2011, the business environment has changed considerably. Once a closed-off country run by crony businessmen, Myanmar is now an exciting frontier market. In Yangon, you can see new bars and restaurants and more nightlife options popping up every couple of weeks. The US dropped sanctions on Myanmar in September 2016, which could mean more investment in the country, where many big industries are controlled by formerly blacklisted cronies.