Australian publisher jailed for 13 years in Myanmar over drugs

A Myanmar court on Wednesday sentenced a veteran Australian media publisher to 13 years in jail after a police raid uncovered a stash of drugs at his home last year. Ross Dunkley, 60, has long had links with the media industry across Southeast Asia, co-founding English language newspaper The Myanmar Times when the country was in ...

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Myanmar army’s ‘business empire’ fuels atrocities: UN probe

Myanmar army’s ‘business empire’ fuels atrocities: UN probe

Tougher sanctions are needed against Myanmar’s wealthy and powerful military as its web of economic interests has generated a fortune that helps fund atrocities, UN...

Israel to ban Myanmar military officials from future arms expos

Israel to ban Myanmar military officials from future arms expos

A day after the US government became the first to officially level sanctions at Myanmar’s top military brass, the Israelis are adding a bit of insult to injury. The Netanyahu...

The wait is over: Bagan gets UNESCO listing, 25 years after making pitch

The wait is over: Bagan gets UNESCO listing, 25 years after making pitch

Twenty-five years after Myanmar first submitted Bagan for recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the country’s ancient, temple-strewn capital has finally been...

Yangon residents take to streets to protest government’s electricity rate hike

Yangon residents take to streets to protest government’s electricity rate hike

Yangon residents have been protesting the first electricity rate hike in five years by the union government with protests yesterday and today.  A hundred protestors carrying...

Visa offer extended to woo Euro travelers back to Myanmar

Visa offer extended to woo Euro travelers back to Myanmar

Tourism officials are moving to attract more European tourists by extending a visa-on-arrival scheme to six new countries, according to media reports. Starting Oct. 1, travelers...

Ruby rush: Myanmar gem hunters exploit law change

Ruby rush: Myanmar gem hunters exploit law change

Burrowing deep underground, thousands of informal miners risk their lives to find gleaming red gems as a law change spurs opportunity in Myanmar’s “land of...

Move aside, Zawgyi, Unicode is in town: ministry

Move aside, Zawgyi, Unicode is in town: ministry

Zawgyi, the most popular Burmese-language font on every social media platform, is lovely looking (really!). It’s also a massive problem if you’re trying to search for articles...

More than 50 feared dead as landslide buries Myanmar jade miners as they sleep

More than 50 feared dead as landslide buries Myanmar jade miners as they sleep

More than 50 people were feared dead after a landslide in northern Myanmar engulfed jade miners while they were sleeping, local police said Tuesday, the latest deadly accident in...

Myanmar’s insurance market finally opens to foreign companies

Myanmar’s insurance market finally opens to foreign companies

  The Ministry of Planning and Finance has finally given the green light for foreign companies to enter Myanmar’s nascent insurance market, selling life insurance policies...


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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.