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  1. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Tourism threatens Moken people of Myanmar's Mergui archipelago

    Posted Mar 23rd 2014, 05:32am by AP

    ... It is leased by Tay Za, believed to be Myanmar's richest tycoon. The website of one development company, Singapore's Zochwell Group, advertises the island it hopes to develop as "The Next Phuket". Zochwell is negotiating a lease to build a marina, casino, hotels and a golf course to be designed by Jack Nicklaus' company. Visitors, almost all travelling on yachts ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1455037/tourism-threatens-moken-people-myanmars-mergui-archipelago
  2. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar police fire rubber bullets at protest over China-backed mine

    Posted Nov 15th 2013, 11:21pm by AP

    ... of the monks. The Letpadaung mine- a joint venture between a Myanmar military-controlled holding company and China's Wanbao Mining Copper- drew international attention one year ago when police ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1357287/myanmar-police-fire-rubber-bullets-protest-over-china-backed-mine
  3. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar's old guard keeps grip on US$8b jade trade

    Posted Sep 30th 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... wealth extracted on an industrial scale by Myanmar's military, the tycoons it helped enrich and companies linked to the country where most jade ends up - China. Almost half of all jade sales ... almost all economic and political sanctions - but not the ban on jade and rubies. Foreign companies are not permitted to extract jade. But mining is capital intensive, and it is an open secret ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1320780/myanmars-old-guard-keeps-grip-us8b-jade-trade
  4. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar to get bigger slice of profits at China-backed copper mine

    Posted Oct 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... at the Letpadaung mine is both common and controversial - a Chinese company exploits Myanmar's natural resources with local military help, while little if any of the profits go into public coffers. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1323035/myanmar-get-bigger-slice-profits-china-backed-copper-mine
  5. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Coca-Cola opens Yangon bottling plant in US$200m five-year deal

    Posted Jun 05th 2013, 12:00am by AGENCIES

    ... The company announced the ceremonial inauguration of its bottling plant in Hmawbi Township, a suburb of Yangon, the country's biggest city, with local partner Pinya Manufacturing Co. I think ... of the opportunities US companies see in Myanmar as it builds a free-market economy after decades of military rule. The economy was socialised after a 1962 military coup, and most investment by US companies ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1253563/coca-cola-opens-yangon-bottling-plant-us200m-five-year-deal
  6. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar's radical monk calls for boycott of 'Muslim firm' Ooredoo, granted a phone licence

    Posted Jun 29th 2013, 12:00am by NYT

    ... The New York Times Leader of 969 movement questions awarding of lucrative cellphone project to 'Muslim company' Monk calls for boycott of Qatari telecoms contractor A monk who is one of the leaders of a radical nationalist Buddhist movement in Myanmar has called for a boycott of one of the two companies awarded major telecom contracts this week because it is based ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1271260/myanmars-radical-monk-calls-boycott-muslim-firm-ooredoo-granted-phone
  7. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar frees around 70 political prisoners

    Posted Jul 23rd 2013, 04:42pm by Agence France-Presse in Yangon

    ... companies are now eager to enter the resource-rich nation, with its perceived frontier market of some 60 million potential consumers.     ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1289186/myanmar-frees-around-70-political-prisoners
  8. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Activists wary of Myanmar president Thein Sein's bold amnesty pledge

    Posted Jul 17th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... sanctions, except for an arms embargo, and readmitted Myanmar to its trade preference scheme. The US has also lifted most embargoes and foreign companies are now eager to enter the resource-rich ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1284280/activists-wary-myanmar-president-thein-seins-bold-amnesty-pledge
  9. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Foreign firms win licences to provide mobile phone networks in Myanmar

    Posted Jun 28th 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Yangon Norwegian and Qatari companies to build mobile phone networks, after auction seen as test case for economic and political change Foreign firms clinch telecoms breakthrough Norway's Telenor and Qatar's Ooredoo won licences yesterday to provide telecommunications services in Myanmar, bringing foreign companies into the sector for the first time. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1270552/foreign-firms-win-licences-provide-mobile-phone-networks-myanmar
  10. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar's Thein Sein to free all political prisoners as Cameron presses on human rights

    Posted Jul 16th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... most sanctions, except for an arms embargo, and readmitted Myanmar to its trade preference scheme. The United States has also lifted most embargoes and foreign companies are now eager to enter ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1283569/cameron-presses-myanmars-thein-sein-plight-rohingya

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