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Businesses in Myanmar May Suffer This Year Due to Electricity Rationalization

Posted on 27 October 2012 by Myanmar Guardian

Yangon, Myanmar: Early this year, Yangon Electricity Supplying Board started to distribute electricity throughout the formal capital of Myanmar in randomized order.  This affected all wards and quarters of Yangon, each of which will only get electricity for 12 hours a day. U Maung Maung Latt, secretary of the Yangon Electricity Board said, “It will be in 6 hours interval.   3 sections will be divided in each ward; A, B and C.  There will be 2 groups which will get electricity from 5 am to 11 am, two groups for 11 am to 5 pm, two for 5 pm to 11 pm and another two for 11 pm to 5 am.   So, in sum, there will be 6 hours for each section to get electricity, another 6 hours without electricity, and so on.”

Government news reported that banks, jails, hospitals, embassies, airport, police stations, telecommunication offices will get 24 hours electricity. The industrial zones will be separated into two zones; one for 6 am to 11am and other for11 am to 4 pm.  There will be no electricity from 4 pm to 6 am in industrial zones.

“How can it be possible?  We have 24 hours electricity in year 2011.  But now, it will be again with the flip flop system.  Minister of energy had told the public that the government was selling electricity to the neighboring countries because we have excessive electricity.  So how about this situation?  Are we still having excessive electricity?”  told by one of the disappointed citizens.

One businessman said, “electricity is key for business, the government is welcoming foreign investors but if they cannot supply enough electricity, how can an investor sink its roots in our country?  They don’t want democracy for the investment, they need stability; political, economic, currency stability.  No business can prosper with this flip flopping system of electricity.”

“It’s too bad.  We will only get 12 hours of electricity in a day.  How can we work ?  With generators?  Do you think our clients will accept the extra charges we need to run our business with generators?  Fuel price is also going high, and how can I run my business?” told by one of  the IT professionals. Although Myanmar promises great business opportunities, the infrastructure needs to support the economic growth.

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Myanmar Tourism and Opportunities for Hotel & Resorts Operators

Posted on 09 June 2012 by Myanmar Guardian

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If you are looking to investing into Myanmar tourism, travel, and hospitality industry, take note. Myanmar celebrated “Thingyan” or the water festival not too long ago, which is the celebration of New Year according to Myanmar calendar.  Most offices are closed for 10 days during the Myanmar New Year and all companies are typically closed for 6 to 7  days.  It is usually the longest holiday of the whole year. Bus stations are crowded with folks who are going back to their homes and for vacations.  During this holiday, Myanmar tourism is in full bloom and hotel and resorts operators are taking advantage.

Among the vacation spots, beaches are one of the most popular destinations and Chaung Tha is among those beaches.  It is the nearest beach from Yangon usually about a 5 hour drive.  Bungalows and hotels were in full swing preparing for the holiday and they have double the room rates this year.  Even though they have set high room rates, all rooms are always fully booked by the time every year.

“We have made some changes with the room rates.  It will start from 45,000 Kyats ($54) to 70,000 Kyats ($85)” told by the owner of Grand Hotel (ChaungThaBeach), U Min Kyaw Oo.  “Yes, we have changed the hotel room rates. It will be 140,000 Kyats ($170) for a double room” told by the one of the staff from Lai Lai Hotel. Myanmar tourism is evidently going through a positive transformation and tour and package vacations to Myanmar is seen an increase in demand.

Hotel Max, one of the well known hotels in Chaung Tha Beach told that all of their rooms are fully booked for Thingyan.  The room which used to cost 40,000 Kyats ($48 ) changed to 60,000 Kyats ($73 US Dollars) to 88,000 Kyats ($ 107) as told by Hotel Max.

Ngwe Saung beach, the beach which is not very far from Chaung  Tha Beach is also popular, especially with the foreigners.  Room rates from Ngwe Saung Beachwere also raised for the upcoming Thingyan water festival, the Myanmar New Year.

Given these tourism facts, it is clear that Myanmar tourism is benefiting from increased tourism and local people being able to afford a holiday. If you are looking to take advantage of investing in Myanmar tourism and overall hospitality industry this is the time to do it. The service industry has seen a boom in the last few years and it only shows positive signs for now.

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Myanmar Domestic Air Fares Will Remain Unchanged

Posted on 05 May 2012 by Myanmar Guardian

There’s been news about raising Myanmar air fares among the Myanmar travel agents and frequent flyers to Myanmar for about 8 days now. However, there’s good news if you’re planning on traveling to Myanmar: domestic air fares will remain unchanged. About 10 days ago, local air lines received a letter from Ministry of Energy, stating that they will raise up the aircraft fuel (JE – A1) prices, so the private line fares jumped up to 7,000 Kyats ($9 USD) for the locals and about $15 USD for the foreigner travelers.

Due to a report from 7 Days News Journal, Ministry of Energy reconsidered their decision about raising up the air craft fuel (JE – A1) prices. The Ministry of Energy announced that the selling price of aircraft fuel will remain at 6,500 Kyats ($8 USD) per gallon. The price will remain unchanged starting from 6th of March, 2012; the 7 Days News Journal reported in its breaking news report.

“As the aircraft fuel price will remain unchanged. We will also cancel the new air fares which we raised up just to match up with the new fuel surcharge. Local air fares will remain unchanged.  It will be the same for all local airlines in Myanmar. They will also cancel the new air fares.” told by one of the officials from Air Mandalay, one of the domestic air lines of Myanmar.

If Ministry of Energy did not reconsider the aircraft fuel price, the new fares will become effective starting from 8th of March, 2012, but with this good news, everything is back to normal.  “It is really good. As you know, we usually pre-sell our domestic tickets; we cannot take extra charges for the sold tickets.  It will be the loss to our companies, but now it is a relief to hear this good news.” told by one of the staff from a local travel agent inYangon.

An experienced Myanmar travel journalist from Australia also told that, “The news that there will be no fuel surcharge on domestic air tickets is heart-warming news. Only then we can compete with our neighboring countries price-wise as flights are one of the most expensive parts of a traveler’s expenses.  But any policy decision must be rational and reliable. Only then, our Myanmar tour companies can gain the credence from our overseas counterparts.

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Myanmar President U Thein Sein Requests Every One to Participate in Political Reform

Posted on 08 April 2012 by Myanmar Guardian

Yangon, Myanmar: Early March, President U Thein Sein provided a speech on his first year anniversary of presidency in Myanmar. The current Myanmar’s President said “in one year time, we have achieved some of our goals with regards to democracy and we also had challenges.” He also said that it is really good that Myanmar and its government had gained understandings from neighboring and other countries, and therefore will continue to built trust among its people and globally.

“If someone asks me whether we have gained a real democracy? I should answer we have to try more.  We are going to take many steps in our way to democracy. This is a long term project for the people of Myanmar.” U Thein Sein spoke in his speech. He also stated that government will try to negotiate between natives of the country to form unity as it is the desire of each and every person of Myanmar.  Political reform in which president is welcoming every person to participate; he also wants the natives of Myanmar to participate in this reform.  “As our country is a union, all natives of our country should have equal rights. Government should achieve peoples’ dream of peace and development. We should end the never ending misunderstandings which had happened for many generations with this civilian government.”  said by U Thein Sein in his speech.

“I have made up my mind.  I will to my best ease people’ minds of worries with this government.  This is also the aim of our government. We have our duties to fulfill the long lost dreams of our people.” He added.  He also stated about civil war which is currently happening in Kachin State.  He also said that “as we all need peace and to stand firm in peace with dignity, I urge every citizen to participate.”

“With the young men who are currently holding guns, we will try our best to let them hold laptops instead of guns in their hands, we all must try our best from our own parts.  Here, we will warmly welcome local and international aids and investments to fulfill the needs of our country.”  He added. U Thein Sein also refuted the rumor that current government is splitting in 2 groups.  “As we are practicing democracy, they only work in their perspectives. It is not true that we are working in our own groups.” He also stated his decision upon current affair concerning with raising pay scale for the government officials.  He said, “Just over 3 percent of citizens are government officials and we need to take care with the remaining 96 percents.  Commodity prices will also raise up if we increase the pay scale and we need to consider for the living of remaining 96 percent.”  He stated in his speech.

President U Thein Sein provided this speech for about 50 minutes and this is the first ever speech civilian government lets the people know about their tasks and future plans after the military junta had their power handed over to them.

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Flights to Myanmar to Increase in Price Due to Higher Fuel Cost

Posted on 11 March 2012 by Myanmar Guardian

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Yangon,Myanmar: Some local air lines announced that new flights to Myanmar will start to take effect from 1st March, 2012 due to higher fuel surcharges.

“Ministry of Energy sent letters to local airlines stating that starting from 1st March, 2012; they will raise up the aircraft fuel prices.  As a result, private local airlines need to increase the air fare to cover up the new fuel surcharges for each and every trip.  We don’t know the new rate from Ministry of Energy yet.  Flights to Myanmar and within can be raised up about 15,000 Kyats (about 20 US dollar) more than current price” was told by one of the officers from local air line.

Yangon to Mandalay air ticket was priced at 65,000 Kyats for the local people previously and now they need to pay extra 12,000 Kyats, so that it will be 67,000 Kyats (about 81 US dollar) in total. Foreigners need to add 15 US Dollar for a Yangon-Mandalay air ticket. WithYangon- Nyaung Oo (Bagan) ticket, it was 54,000 Kyats (about 65 US dollar) for the locals and now 12,000 Kyats is added up, and new air fare will be 66,000 Kyats. For foreigners, extra 15 US Dollars have to be added to the current fare.

For Heho – Nyaung Oo air ticket, it used to cost 41,000 Kyats (about 50 US dollars) for the locals but with the new air fare, tickets will be sold for 48,000 Kyats; 7,000 Kyats and 15 US dollar for the foreigners will be collected as extra. From Mandalay to Nyaung Oo, it was 24,000 Kyats (about 30 US dollars) with the previous air fare and now it has become 31,000 Kyats because of the new fuel surcharges.  For this trip, every foreigner needs to pay 10 extra US Dollars.  To the upper most part of Myanmar, Myitkyina, from Yangon, new fuel surcharge are also raised for the locals and 25 USDollar for foreigners.

Myanmar government also raised up the petrol and diesel prices starting from 1st March.  It was about 3,500 Kyats (about 4.3 US dollar) per gallon for diesel and this was raised up to 4,000 Kyats (about 4.8 US dollar) starting from 1st March.  It was the same with petrol prices, the price became 3,700 Kyats (about 4.5 US dollar) from 3,500 Kyats per gallon.  Even though local people do not have much interest upon raising air fare, they do have some issues with the new petrol and diesel prices as they are worried that commodity prices will also increase as a consequence. So if you’re looking for flights to Myanmar either from outside or within, it pays to shop and compare prices.

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Japan Offers Development Loan to Myanmar

Posted on 05 March 2012 by Rob

Yangon, Myanmar: For the first time in 25 years, Japan will provide a development loan to Myanmar. The loan is mainly for the development of the ports, railways and other transportation and also for the basic housing projects for the general citizens of Myanmar.  The Myanmar Post News Journal reported that media from Japan expects that the contract of loan for the above mentioned projects can be dealt in the summit conference which will be held in April 2012.

Concerning with this loan from Japan, U Nay Zinn Latt, a counsellor of president U Thein Seinn, told The Myanmar Post News Journal that “Our Country wasn’t regarded as a normal country for the past decades.  Myanmar had been oppressed by sanctions from various countries. Nevertheless, now all most all countries are now treating Myanmar fairly and it is a sign that our country has been brought back to be a normal country again. Now Japan and Norway have also released some restrictions just like most of the countries have.  So once we are getting help from various countries, international investments will also start to pour in.”

Japan officially stopped providing loans to Myanmar since 1980, The Myanmar Post News journal stated in its issue which was published on last Monday, February 27th.  It also stated even though Japan has been  providing some support for the social works with consideration and emergency aids such as aids for the cyclone Nargis since 2003, Japan did not provide any support concerning business development for Myanmar. With some improvements made by the civilian government and because of the democratic progress shown by Myanmar,Japan has decided to open up its financial aid Myanmar government again.  If both ends from Japan-Myanmar can make a successful deal regarding this, it’ll be a good step in moving forward for Myanmar as a country and its citizens.

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First Ever Ice Museum in Myanmar

Posted on 27 February 2012 by Rob

Yangon, Myanmar: The first ever ice museum of Myanmar is now opened in Yangon, KanDaw Gyi Botanical Garden, starting from February 25th.  Chief Executive Officer of Asia Myanmar Consortium Development, U Nyein Aung, told The Voice Weekly News Journal that they had invested 1.5 million US Dollar for the first ice statue museum of Myanmar. Admission fees are 5,000 Kyats (about 6 US Dollar) for adults and 3,000 Kyats (about 3.5 US Dollar) for children, told by U Nyein Aung.  “In foreign countries, admission fees are usually about 12 US Dollar, but here, it is only about half the price.  It is worth to visit.” He added.

The admission fees mentioned above are for weekends and it will be 4,000 Kyat (about 5 US Dollar) on weekdays but it is still 3,000 Kyats for the children.  Foreigners will have to pay 10 US Dollar as admission fees. “5,000 Kyats is not bad.  It is truly worth it.  But I think it will be too much for most of the citizens.” told by one of the young men who also want to visit but cannot afford the admission fees.  “Umm, I am also excited to visit the museum.  Admission fees is not that expensive, but as I want to visit together with my family, I have to think about the total cost.” told by one of the housewives.

The museum will be maintained at -10 degree Celsius and currently exhibiting Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower, Mandalay Mont, Some Chinese fairy tale figures and some widely known cartoon figures as ice statues for children. They were sculptured by 20 Chinese Ice Statue Sculptors from Harbin, China, who have been sculpturing since 1st February till 18th February.  And The Voice Weekly Journal reported that those sculptors will create some new statues from time to time to entertain frequent visitors.

As the outside temperature of Yangon is usually about 30 degree Celsius, there is a buffer room which is maintained at 16 degree Celsius.  Visitors need to stay in a buffer room for 15 minutes before entering the Ice Statues Museum.  There is also a medical doctor in stand by for the elderly and those with heart diseases, told by the on-duty doctor, Dr Thinzar Aung.

This Ice Statue Museum was built in “L” shape and now operating 9 am to 9 pm every day.  The Voice Weekly also reported that there is a place for children to ice skate in the museum.  It is the first Ice Statue Museum in Myanmar and 4th in South East Asia.

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Management Team from “The New Light of Myanmar” Prosecuted

Posted on 25 February 2012 by Rob

Yangon, Myanmar: Ex-management team from a government newspaper, The New Light of Myanmar, has been prosecuted because of the misuse of public money concerning with publication and advertisement fees. The Voice Weekly News Journal reported on February 22nd that the ex-management team of The New Light of Myanmar had filed a legal suit on 21st of February for the second time.

One of the witness reported that three persons including ex-assistant manager of The New Light of Myanmar had been in No. 4 West Deputy Judge office and they had been prosecuted according to Myanmar section of Act 78 / 2011, 79 / 2011,  80 / 2011 and it finished at about 3 in the evening.  “The person including ex-assistant manager were in handcuffs.” the witness reported.

Due to the news from court, the reason of the prosecution is they had used 288,600,000 Kyats (more than 350,000 US Dollar) for their personal use which was actually meant for newspaper publication and advertisement fees given by public. Some unconfirmed sources from Yangon newspaper and journal distribution said that it could be more than 350,000 US Dollar.

Concerning with the above mentioned case, 8 major newspaper representatives had been brought to court last November to investigate about misusing public money by ex-management of The New Light of Myanmar. Some sources from newspaper relative organization said those 8 major newspaper representatives had been asked to present the invoices that ex-management provided during past years.  In this investigation, some could not present the invoices and in some others, government-owned The New Light of Myanmar sold the extra publication for 45 Kyats (about 0.054 US dollar) instead of the actual price 50 Kyats (about 0.060 US dollar).

This case has been scheduled to hear again in court on March 6 2012.  Due to the year 1963 Section of Act 3 concerning with protecting public property, the defendants can be put to jail from minimum 10 years to life sentence, told by one of the lawyers in Yangon. U Wai Phyo Than has been assigned as a new general manager of The New Light of Myanmar recently.  One of the currently working staff of The New Light of Myanmar said there are many conflicts inside the organization and some transfers and resignations have been taking place there, too.

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