YANGON | Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:03am BST
(Reuters) – Companies awarded telecommunications licences in Myanmar this week will need to spend billions of dollars rolling out networks across a country that has yet to pass a law to govern the sector and where opaque, state-owned enterprises will remain players.
The process is being watched closely as a test case for reform inMyanmar, although the risks did not stop 90 international firms and groups from joining the initial phase.
FULL STORY: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/06/24/uk-myanmar-telecoms-idUKBRE95M0GP20130624
YANGON | Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:02am BST
(Reuters) – Her adoring compatriots believe democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi is destined to become Myanmar’s next president. But don’t bet on it.
FULL STORY: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/06/19/uk-myanmar-suukyi-idUKBRE95I1P820130619
In a cramped auditorium in Myanmar’s capital, pro-democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi had a message for the world’s business elite: her country is teeming with foreign investors scouting for opportunities in one of Asia’s final frontier markets, but not many are actually investing.
FULL STORY: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/09/us-myanmar-reforms-idUSBRE9580H120130609
Hundreds of Muslim families sheltered in a heavily guarded Buddhist monastery on Thursday after two days of violence in the northern Myanmar city of Lashio left Muslim properties in ruins and raised alarm over a widening religious conflict.
About 1,200 Muslims were taken to Mansu Monastery after Buddhist mobs terrorized the city on Wednesday, a move that could signal the resolve of a government criticized for its slow response to previous religious violence.
FULL STORY: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/30/us-myanmar-violence-idUSBRE94S0JD20130530
Security forces struggled to control Buddhist mobs who burned Muslim homes on Wednesday for a second day in the northern Myanmar city of Lashio in a dangerous widening of ultra-nationalist Buddhist violence.
Scores of young men and boys on motorbikes and on foot marauded through the city of 130,000 people, some singing nationalist songs, a day after a mosque and religious school were torched.
FULL STORY: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/29/us-myanmar-violence-idUSBRE94S0JD20130529
Burma’s currency has plunged more than 7 percent over the past month to the lowest since it was floated last year, raising concern about economic stability in Asia’s newest democracy.
The drop coincides with a construction boom in Burma’s commercial capital, Rangoon, which is fuelling demand for dollars as builders import equipment and materials, part of a scramble by investors to tap one of the world’s last frontier markets after an easing of sanctions by Western countries.
FULL STORY: http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/35439
WIN KITE, Myanmar (Reuters) – Three Muslim men peered over a bamboo fence built recently to fortify their village in central Myanmar. They gazed across dry rice paddies towards a nearby Buddhistcommunity, looking for rising dust, a sign of an approaching mob.
FULL STORY: news.yahoo.com/muslims-myanmar-barricade-village-attacks-spread-102857832.html
Introduced a decade and a half ago under Myanmar’s former military rulers, SIM cards sold for as much as $7,000 apiece. Today, they still cost more than $200. From Thursday, lucky winners of a lottery-style sale may get one for as little as $2.
This is telecoms deregulation, Myanmar-style.
The lottery is a first tentative step into a telecoms revolution that has transformed societies and spurred economic growth across the globe – and could be a game changer for Myanmar, emerging from decades of isolation and mismanagement that have left it Asia’s second-poorest nation after Afghanistan.
FULL STORY: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/24/us-myanmar-telecoms-draw-idUSBRE93N1AX20130424
MEIKHTILA, Myanmar, April 30 – In Myanmar’s central heartlands, justice and security is elusive for thousands of Muslims who lost their homes in a deadly rampage by Buddhist mobs in March.
Many are detained in prison-like camps, unable to return to neighborhoods and businesses razed in four days of violence in Meikhtila that killed at least 43 people, most of them Muslims, displaced nearly 13,000, and touched off a wave of anti-Muslim unrest fuelled by radical Buddhist monks.
FULL STORY: www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/29/us-myanmar-violence-idUSBRE93S0XM20130429
An ultra-nationalist Buddhist creed is becoming more visible in Myanmar’s commercial capital, Yangon, after monks from the apartheid-like movement helped stoke a wave of anti-Muslim violence in the central heartlands.
FULL STORY: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/10/us-myanmar-violence-yangon-idUSBRE93905V20130410