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Shoe factory creating 300 job opportunities to be opened soon in Myawady Economic Zone
The Global New Light of Myanmar, 28/09/2017
A shoe factory which can create job opportunities for 300 people will be opened soon in Myawady Economic Zone, Myawady Township near the border of Myanmar and Thailand. This factory is located seven mile away from Myawady Town, where the Myawady Economic Zone was developed in 2013. Total 37 plots of lands for factories had been sold there, but only three factories were able to open so far. “The said shoe factory was built at the beginning of 2016 to run in cooperation with Thailand under authorized permission of the government. As the factory is completed, workers are being hired now. Approximately 300 workers will be required. Applicants who are good at sewing and speaking Thai language will be preferred. The unskilled Myanmar workers will be trained by 50 skilled workers from Bangkok. The unskilled workers will be paid 120 baht per day and skilled workers will be paid about 150...
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Myanmar Govt to Redistribute Vacant Land
The Irrawaddy, 26/09/2017
The Myanmar government is developing a plan to redistribute vacant or fallow plots of land to rural landless people willing to farm the land. The Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr. Aung Thu told The Irrawaddy on Monday the government had obtained US$4.19 million from the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT)—a multi-donor fund established in 2009 to improve the lives and prospects of smallholder farmers and landless people in rural Myanmar—for the plan. “We’ll start the plan within one or two months to provide land to landless people,” Dr. Aung Thu told reporters in Naypyitaw, adding that state and regional governments were already holding meetings. The minister said authorities in Magwe, Mandalay, and Sagaing regions and Chin State had proposed suitable land for a trial project with LIFT but his ministry had not yet decided where to...
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Govt Urges UNFC to Cooperate with Peace Process
The Irrawaddy, 25/09/2017
CHIANG MAI, Thailand — The government’s Peace Commission on Monday urged the ethnic bloc of nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) non-signatories the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) to cooperate with the government to achieve peace in the country. Peace Commission members and the UNFC’s delegation for political negotiation (DPN) met for informal talks in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand on Monday, with Peace Commission member U Aung Soe and DPN head Khu Oo Reh making opening remarks. Monday’s meeting follows the sixth round of formal talks between the two parties in Yangon last month. Talks have been delayed due to the illness of Peace Commission chair Dr. Tin Myo Win and instability in Rakhine State since Aug. 25. Khu Oo Reh said the UNFC had the same will to continue talks and understood the delay due to unavoidable causes. Talks covered the DPN’s nine-poi...
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Open Hluttaw launches mobile app for parliamentary oversight
Frontier Myanmar, 22/09/2017
YANGON — A local NGO has launched a new app aiming to give Myanmar’s public greater accountability over its elected representatives. The Open Hluttaw app, developed by Myanma Fifth Estate with funding from the Dutch embassy, provides biographies of Union lawmakers, along with their committee responsibilities and contact details. Available in English and Burmese, MFE program officer Naw Susan Hilary said at the app’s public launch on Tuesday that Open Hluttaw would allow greater contact between MPs and their constituents than had previously been possible. “If someone wants to complain about an issue in their constituency, he or she can easily use our app and find out how to contact their representative,” she said. The app was designed by local IT firm Sundew Myanmar, whose previous work in the government realm includes the development of a voter registration system ...
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Business for Peace Forum Held in Karen State
Karen News, 20/09/2017
Karen State is open for business and ready for investment to pave the way for development, participants at a recent “Business for Peace” forum heard. The state’s Minister of Planning, Finance and Municipal Affairs U Than Naing said the state is now stable and brimming with business prospects that the government, in collaboration with ethnic armed organizations, is eager to capitalize on. “When the ethnic armed organizations launched businesses in the past five years, we gave them business opportunities and they carried them out with foreign companies. Now, business persons from the ceasefire organizations have established companies with us and all the taxes will flow into the state without flowing overseas,” said U Than Naing. He added that as new companies are established in the state, more job opportunities will be created for the local population. State officials ha...
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Mon State Govt Donates Karen Costumes, Instruments to Universities
Karen News, 20/09/2017
In effort to bolster Karen traditions, the Mon State government has donated dance costumes and instruments to five universities, an official said. The Karen literature and culture committees at Mawlamyine University, Mon State’s Technological University, the University of Computer Studies, the Government Technical Institute and the Agriculture Institute each received K1.5million-worth of Karen costumes and traditional musical instruments, according to Saw Aung Myint Khine, Mon State’s Karen Affairs Minister. The K7.5 million was allotted from the state government’s budget he said. Universities have cultural groups for Karen ceremonies on special days and for state-level government ceremonies,” he told Karen News on September 18. “Some universities have difficulty renting Karen don costumes and musical instruments. [So] 40 Karen don costumes and a set of traditional musica...
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Activists, administrators urge Mon State govt to manage local beach ahead of peak tourism season
Burma News International, 14/09/2017
Before the crowds begin descending on the sea shore this coming dry season, local activists are calling on the government to help manage tourism and tourism infrastructure at a Mon State beach. Kabyar Wa Beach in southern Ye township has become an increasingly popular destination, especially for domestic tourism, according to local tour operators. In response to the visitor influx, beachside shops and restaurants have cropped up, as have boat and motorcycle rental shops. Trash has become an increasing environmental concern. “[The beach] has received many visitors. Even though it has become more developed, it’s still not systematically managed yet. The traditional [shops] of the local residents are in disorder,” said U Aung Naing Win, secretary of Ye township’s social services office. “The state government should start to manage the beach before peak season in order to ...
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Mon State chief minister says govt is ready to assist Mon national schools
Mon News Agency, 14/09/2017
A Mon State MP has called for boosting government support and funding for Mon national schools. During the September 11 Hluttaw session, MP U Aung Naing Oo said ethnic language classes are not satisfactorily supported at the moment as the schools, which are independently operated outside of the government system, lack the needed infrastructure and teaching materials for lessons in Mon, Kayin and PaO literature. Mon national schools are run by the New Mon State Party’s Mon National Education Committee (MNEC). A handful of “mixed” schools, are co-managed with the government. Officials from the MNEC said that at the moment, they are scraping by with funds from donors. The MNEC has requested school funds, school textbooks, stationery, and textbooks for the 2017-2018 academic year, but has only received textbooks, exercise books and school uniforms so far, according to Min A...
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Local NGO to launch literacy, public health projects next month
Myanmar Times, 12/09/2017
A Local non-government organisation will launch literacy and public health programs from October to December 2017, said a senior executive of the group. The Literacy and Regional Development Service Association will conduct its programs for rural people in the nine townships: Yangon, Ayeyarwady, Magwe, Thanintharyi, Sagaing and Bago, according to U Myo Thant, the president of the organisation. “Literacy campaign is a media program for rural people and urban students. Illiteracy is a major problem facing Myanmar’s new civilian-led government as it works to modernise the country’s long-neglected education system. There are 2.7 million children between 5 and 16 years old who do not attend schools or droped-out from school and 3.5 million children over 15 years are illiterate, according to the Ministry of Education. The Department of Alternative Education was establ...
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Nineteen Auxiliary Midwives in Karen State Complete Training
Karen News, 10/09/2017
Nineteen new auxiliary midwives have completed their training and will bolster rural health teams in an aim to reduce maternal mortality in Karen State. The 19 trainees were presented certificates at an inaugural ceremony on September 6. These auxiliary midwives are the sixth batch to complete the seven-month training held by the Backpack Health Worker Team (BPHWT), the Phalon Education Development Unit (PEDU). Complications from childbirth and pregnancy are a leading cause of death for women in Burma. The country has the second-high maternal mortality rate in the region, behind Laos. Countrywide, an average of 282 women die per 100,000 births, according to data from the 2014 census. One in three births in Burma is not attended by a healthcare professional, and access to emergency services, especially in more remote areas, remains low to non-existent. The training covers neon...
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