MYANMAR CABLE

MYANMAR CABLE

Myanmar’s economy could go into a tailspin as currency woes deepen


y Fears that Myanmar’s currency crisis has only momentarily stalled are growing, as the government does not seem to see any urgency in tackling the underlying causes of the recent fall in the kyat’s value against the... More

Myanmar moves closer to China with increased bilateral trade and investment ties 


Myanmar and China are consolidating their bilateral trade and investment relationship. In fact, Beijing is fast becoming Myanmar’s strongest and most important ally, but this strengthened relationship has made many in the government nervous. Even the State Counselor,... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide


The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications,... More

Myanmar’s controversial port project gets government green light


Myanmar has finally taken the bull by the horns and is serious about finalizing the Kyaukpyu port -- the first stage in the Kyaukpyu SEZ project. The Myanmar government has been under increasing pressure from Beijing to... More

Myanmar braces for more international pressure


In the coming weeks the international campaign to enforce some form of accountability on Myanmar for the horrendous events in Rakhine -- over the past twelve months -- is going to increase. With the anniversary of start... More

Myanmar minister’s mission impossible


Myanmar’s new finance minister, Soe Win is determined to revitalize the government’s economic policies and ensure their effective implementation, according to government insiders. Although he has only been in his post for less than two months, there... More

UN envoy faces a tough Myanmar mission


Yet another UN envoy is dabbling in the Myanmar quagmire. A succession of envoys from the top international organization have visited the country in the past two years, harping on about human rights, child soldiers and people... More

Myanmar struggles to find a new Rakhine strategy


Myanmar finds itself in a new international quagmire as it attempts to redefine its solutions for reconciliation in Rakhine. In the past, Myanmar found itself in the middle of a tug of war, between the West and... More

Myanmar launches renewed war on corruption


Myanmar’s government has declared war against corruption amid increased political turmoil involving several ministers. Already the anti-corruption committee’s investigations have taken their toll, with two heads rolling in recent weeks. The ramifications of the renewed battle against corruption... More

Pressure mounts on Myanmar’s Suu Kyi


Myanmar’s civilian government is coming under increasing fire on all fronts. Or so it would seem. The UN, the US and China have all chipped in, to make the Lady’s life increasingly difficult, in one-way or another. But... More

Myanmar readies for refugee repatriation


Myanmar is ready to receive back all the Muslim refugees who have fled to Bangladesh, who want to return. Preparations are in place for their immediate return, said Dr Win Myat Aye, the minister in charge of... More

UN visit raises the stakes for Myanmar


The Myanmar government pulled out all the stops in its efforts to convince the United Nations Security Council delegation that it was taking every effort to prepare for the return of the Muslim -- or Rohingya --... More

Myanmar faces an imminent international showdown on Rakhine


The Myanmar government is coming under increased international concern about its treatment of the Muslim community in its Rakhine state and other human rights abuses, including the military’s conduct in other ethnic areas, and its curbs on... More

Myanmar readies for second face of reforms


Myanmar has reached a critical crossroads with the start of a new financial year and the beginning of the National League for Democracy (NLD) government’s third year in office. But concrete plans for accelerated economic and political... More

Myanmar seeks to engage the UN on refugee repatriation 


The Myanmar government is tentatively seeking to mend fences with the UN in an effort to solve the problem of the Rakhine Muslim refugees, according to sources close to the country’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.... More

Myanmar’s new president heralds a change in direction


When Win Myint was sworn in as Myanmar’s new president last Friday, he outlined the government’s priorities for the future. While the overall policy direction did not different, his approach marks a more activist intent. “Policy won’t change,... More

For Myanmar, second anniversary marks the start of a make or break...


Myanmar’s government, led by the National League for Democracy (NLD) government and their leader, the State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, enters its third year in office after its overwhelming victory in the 2015 national elections. In... More

Myanmar’s Peace Process stumbles on


The Myanmar government is putting a brave face on its efforts to push the peace process forward, buoyed by two more ethnic rebel groups signing the national ceasefire agreement (or NCA). This is the formal key to... More

Myanmar faces increased international pressure


The Myanmar government is desperately trying to deflect the growing campaign at the UN to impose sanctions because of its failure to solve the inter-communal violence that has torn its western region apart and caused nearly a... More

Myanmar’s Peace Process approaches a watershed


Myanmar’s peace process appears to be precariously poised as the third meeting of the Panglong peace conference, planned for later this month, nears. The government remains keen to get maximum participation in the forthcoming convention, and wants... More

Myanmar’s military chief’s popularity on the rise


Myanmar’s military chief has become the crucial man in the country’s increasing political crisis. While he and the country’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, may not trust each other, he has become increasingly her indispensible ally... More

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India’s limited life-line in Afghanistan

While India continues to plan to expand its foothold in Afghanistan, using its alliance with the United States as its main source of support, and has also developed a seemingly strong relationship with Kabul, a close reading of geo-politics in this region shows that the prospects of a strong Indian presence are bleak. For one thing, India’s main reliance is on the US, which is itself gearing up to withdraw... More

Myanmar’s economy could go into a tailspin as currency woes deepen

y Fears that Myanmar’s currency crisis has only momentarily stalled are growing, as the government does not seem to see any urgency in tackling the underlying causes of the recent fall in the kyat’s value against the dollar. Regional analysts believe a major collapse of the currency remains very real. Their fears were justified when, the end of last week, the kyat plummeted once again to over K 1,600, largely... More

Bangladesh’s grenade attack case: Politics of past or future?

The October 10 special tribunal verdict on the August 2004 grenade attack case that killed 24 and injured many including Bangladesh’s current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina didn’t carry too many surprises since it was a foregone conclusion that the “guilty men” would be handed out tough sentences. It was earlier speculated that BNP’s acting chief and Begum Khaleda Zia’s son Tarique Rahman may be awarded the death sentence, but he... More

Spreading falsehood and distorting facts

Initiated in 2014 the Ashiana-Iqbal project could not be completed mainly because an illegal award increased the cost, and if it were to be initiated now, the escalated cost of Rs 40 billion will be borne either by the applicants of the government. As Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general between 2013 and 2016, Ahad Khan Cheema was also a member on the Punjab Land Development Corporation (PLDC) board.... More

RSS: Glasnost or public relations?

India's Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) claims to be a social organisation but those who have closely followed it say it is the political high-platform of Hindutva. Its Nagpur headquarters is located in Maharashtra’s Nagpur city, where in the 18th century originated the Hindu Pad Padshahi or the vision of a Hindu nation-state during the reign of the Peshwas. The Peshwas drove the limits of Maratha empire to Attock in the northwest... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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