A Mandalay trader is circulating a petition calling for an immediate but temporary halt to jade mining and a revamp of export procedures, warning the Mandalay market could be headed for disaster if business continues as usual.
Illegal Chinese gold miners in Tanai district, Kachin State, are beyond the reach of government legal action, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation has admitted. U Than Daing, managing director of the ministry’s No 2 Mining Enterprise, told The Myanmar Times that the zone in question was not under its jurisdiction.
The Directorate of Investment and Company Administration published a report last week, written with help from the Asian Development Bank, which suggests the government should create a special council and a task force – with the interests of businesspeople clearly represented in both – dedicated to building a stronger Myanmar private sector.
Mandalay residents eager to visit Bangkok will have a bevy of new flight options next month. Myanmar National Airways (MNA) will begin offering thrice-weekly flights from August 31, just a day before Myanmar Airways International (MAI) is scheduled to begin its own Mandalay-Bangkok route.
The US Foreign Agricultural Service opened an office in Yangon yesterday with the aim of strengthening trade and investment relations between Myanmar and the United States.
The government aims to have an automated cargo clearance system adopted by all customs departments in Yangon by November, before possibly extending the program to the country’s land border points, an official has told The Myanmar Times.