Myanmar has again been named one of the world’s least developed countries in a report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) – a distinction the government is reportedly working toward shedding.
The government has delayed the introduction of a global positioning satellite (GPS) system on the highway bus network following complaints from bus owners that it will do little to improve safety.
South Korea is supplying Myanmar with US$22 million for the New Village Project, a five-year plan aimed at introducing rural development and poverty reduction schemes in 100 villages throughout the country.
Foreign professionals, technicians and investors, spouses of Myanmar citizens, and former Myanmar citizens who renounced their nationality after seeking asylum overseas will be eligible to apply for permanent resident status from December 29.
Efforts to tackle illegal activities – including insurgency and drug trafficking – along Myanmar’s border with India will be stepped up, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brigadier General Kyaw Zan Myint said last week.
The Unlawful Association Act is harming public participation in the peace process because people are too scared to interact with ethnic armed groups, say ethnic leaders and activists who are calling for it to be repealed.