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Old March 24th, 2010, 09:32 AM   #1
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Myanmar takes measures to deal with drought in central part
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YANGON, March 24 (PNA/Xinhua) -- The Myanmar authorities have taken measures to deal with drought occurring in some regions of the country's central part in order to bring about good harvest this year.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation on Wednesday, some areas in Myanmar's central part are arid ones with much less rainfall in the rainy season (May to October) last year as compared with the previous ones, causing impact to a certain extent on agricultural cultivation.

To fight drought for achieving harvest, the sources said, the agricultural ministry has taken some measures which are mainly revealed as increasing the degree of digging wells, using underground water to irrigate farmland and changing cultivation of crop item which can withstand drought as an alternative means, for instance, change from growing paddy to beans and pulses and sesame as a substitute.

Myanmar is a big developing agricultural country in the region with very rich land resources.

Over the past two decades, the Myanmar government attached importance to the development of agriculture, always placing agriculture as priority production sector in its economic development.

In recent years, Myanmar's agriculture grew about 9 percent in average, contributing 36 percent to the country's gross domestic product and accounting for 13 percent of the total export with its farm produces, according to official figures.

Myanmar stands as the world's second largest beans exporting country, exporting about 1.5 million tons of the crop annually.

In recent years, Myanmar's rice export also increased year by year standing around one million tons. (PNA/Xinhua)
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Old March 24th, 2010, 10:06 AM   #2
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New steel plant expedites state infrastructure building in Myanmar: state media
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YANGON, March 23 (Xinhua) -- The recent inauguration of a new steel plant in Myanmar, which is No.4 Steel Plant in Mingyan township, Mandalay division, would expedite the use of steel and iron in building state infrastructure, said the official daily NewLight of Myanmar Tuesday.

The Mingyan steel plant, built by the Myanmar Economic Corporation under the Defense Ministry, was opened on last Sunday.

Located near Hsakha village in the township, the Mingyan steel plant can produce over 200,000 tons of steel billets and slabs a year and later 400,000 to 500,000 tons, said the editorial.

The Mingyan steel plant stands after those of Ywama in Yangon, Kyaukswekyo/Aunglan in Bago, Myaungdagar/Hmawby in Yangon and Pinpat in Shan state.

In the past, semi-finished steel products and iron billets had to be imported for steel plants.

"The emergence of Mingyan steel plant will surely expedite the use of steel and iron in building state infrastructure such as roads, bridges and dams," the editorial believed.

According to the paper's report, Myanmar has three rich iron deposits, of which the first is in Pyin Oo Lwin's Kyadwinyay holding about 3 million tons of iron ore, while the second is in Pinpet on the border between Taunggyi and Hopong townships possessing about 70 million tons and the third in Phakant's Kathaingtaung about 230 million tons.
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Old March 25th, 2010, 06:34 AM   #3
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UN Security Council mulls Myanmar's electoral laws
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UNITED NATIONS (March 25): The UN Security Council on Wednesday held closed-door talks on Myanmar with Britain and China clashing over whether it was appropriate for the 15-member body to weigh the military-ruled country's electoral affairs.

The consultations, called by Britain following Myanmar's new electoral laws that disqualify detained democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, marked the first time the council took stock of developments in the country since last August.

They came on the eve of a meeting of the so-called Group of Friends of Myanmar at UN headquarters.

Britain's UN envoy Mark Lyall Grant said many council members voiced concern about Myanmar's new electoral laws "which fall well short of what the international community expected in a free and fair process and fell short of the expectations set up in previous (council) statements."

He noted that the council had repeatedly stressed the importance of releasing all political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi, establishing a national dialogue and creating the right conditions for reconciliation.

Myanmar's new laws relate to the registration of political parties and bar anyone serving a prison term from being a member of an official party.

But China's new UN Ambassador Li Baodong, whose country maintains close ties with Myanmar, stressed that its neighbour was a sovereign state and that its upcoming general elections, the first to be held in 20 years, were a domestic matter.

He noted that holding elections was not an easy task for a poor country like Myanmar but was "a very important step in the process of national reconciliation, democracy."

"It is very important for the international community and the Security Council to help Myanmar promote a constructive, healthy environment conducive to the coming general election," Li said.

But Lyall Grant disagreed with the notion that the council should not get involved in Myanmar's electoral politics.

"We don't agree with that," he told reporters, pointing out that Myanmar was on the council's agenda.

"We believe these laws set out a process which is not conducive to free and fair elections later this year and in many ways seems designed to target Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD opposition party and to make it very difficult for them to register for the elections," Lyall Grant said.

Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) has yet to announce whether it will take part in the polls, which are expected in October or November although the government has still not set a date.

Meanwhile, UN chief Ban Ki-moon was to chair Thursday's meeting of the Group of friends of Myanmar, which brings together Australia, Britain, China, the European Union, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Norway, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam.

The group was set up in December 2007 as a forum for informal discussions and for developing shared approaches to back UN efforts to promote democracy and national reconciliation in Myanmar.

Earlier this month, Ban reiterated his call for "an inclusive political process leading to fair, transparent and credible elections in which all citizens of Myanmar, including Aung San Suu Kyi can freely participate."

The 64-year-old opposition leader has been in detention for 14 of the last 20 years since the previous elections.

She was already barred from standing as a candidate under a new constitution approved in a 2008 referendum that stipulates that those married to foreigners are ineligible. Her husband, British academic Michael Aris, died in 1999.

The Nobel Peace laureate was sentenced to three years' jail last August over an incident in which a US man swam to her lakeside home. The sentence was commuted by junta supremo Than Shwe to 18 months under house arrest.
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Old March 27th, 2010, 01:31 PM   #4
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Myanmar to hold polls in October or November: key official
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NAYPYIDAW: Myanmar will hold national elections in the last week of October or in early November, a senior official told AFP Saturday.

"The candidates will get about six months for campaigning after they have registered as political parties. The elections will be in the last week of October or early in November," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The junta has not announced a date for the polls but earlier this month, it released election laws that were criticised for barring political prisoners, including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, from standing.

New party registration laws also mean that Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party must expel her in order to be able to contest the vote.

The elections will be the first held since 1990 polls, which the NLD won by a landslide but the results were never recognised by the military.

The NLD has yet to decide if it will take part in the vote. Critics say the polls are a sham designed to legitimise the ruling generals' grip on power, and that an NLD boycott would further damage their credibility.

Suu Kyi, a 64-year-old Nobel peace laureate, has been in detention for 14 of the last 20 years.
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Old March 28th, 2010, 09:42 AM   #5
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If Aung San Suu Kyi was leader I'll say Myanmar would develop very fast, maybe as fast as Vietnam.
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I think Myanmar is the only country that was developed by the British and now not a fast developing country. Consider the 4 Asian Tigers they were as poor as Myanmar and was under the Britsh rule. Why are they so developed now?
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I think Myanmar is the only country that was developed by the British and now not a fast developing country. Consider the 4 Asian Tigers they were as poor as Myanmar and was under the Britsh rule. Why are they so developed now?
The Asian tigers followed the Japanese economic model while Myanmar didn't.. Myanmar needs industrial harmony and some sort of Kyochokai.
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Old April 2nd, 2010, 10:03 AM   #9
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US must broaden Myanmar outreach: study
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WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States should broaden engagement with Myanmar to reach more of the population, taking a long-term view despite growing concern over upcoming elections, a study said Wednesday.

The New York-based Asia Society set up a task force with leading figures of both major US parties to chart a way forward after President Barack Obama's administration last year launched a dialogue with the military regime.

The study broadly endorsed Obama's approach but had no illusions about the difficulties ahead, warning that the junta may try to use talks with the United States to confer legitimacy on elections it is holding later this year.

The task force said the United States could tighten or remove sanctions on the regime based on progress but should ramp up assistance to ordinary people including non-governmental organizations, farmers and small businesses.

"This is what we can do -- we can work with the population," retired general Wesley Clark, a former Democratic presidential candidate and co-chair of the task force, told a news conference introducing the report.

"What we wanted to do was lay out a positive direction where the leadership in Burma could take a step forward and see the benefits that could occur if they would do that," Clark said, using Myanmar's former name.

The other co-chair was Henrietta Fore, who was director of foreign aid under Republican president George W. Bush. Task force members included billionaire philanthropist George Soros and Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen.

The upcoming elections will be the first in Myanmar since 1990. That vote was swept by the National League for Democracy (NLD) but it was never allowed to take power and its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has spent most of the time since under house arrest.

The NLD on Monday decided to boycott this year's election after the junta imposed laws, criticized around the world, that would have forced the party to oust Nobel peace laureate Suu Kyi as its leader.

Priscilla Clapp, the former chief of mission at the US embassy in Myanmar and a principal adviser on the report, said it was important to take the "long view" beyond the election.

"My feeling is we just need to sit back and express our concerns very loudly and clearly and make it clear what will lead to a productive relationship with the United States ultimately, but not expect that we can have a lot of effect on what's happening right now during the elections," she said.

The study said that the NLD should remain the "focal point" of US support, but that Washington should also reach out to civil society and ethnic minorities.

The study cautioned against US overconfidence, saying that its influence in the reclusive nation was limited and acknowledging that Myanmar was unlikely to become a top priority in Washington.

It said the United States should work to coordinate policy with key regional players including China, India and Myanmar's fellow members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

China in November started building an oil pipeline in Myanmar and has been the junta's chief diplomatic backer.

But the report's authors warned not to exaggerate China's role, suggesting that Beijing was "pragmatic" and had little love for the junta.

"We make a lot of the pipeline deal as if it were the essence of energy in China. It isn't; it's going to represent a very small percentage of China's energy resources," Clapp said.

"I don't think they have nearly the kind of influence that we assume they have over the government," she said.

China last year reprimanded Myanmar over fighting in Kokang, a largely ethnic Chinese region of Shan state, a rare occasion in which Beijing has initiated criticism of another country's domestic situation.
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Vietnam seeks ties with Myanmar
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Vietnam always wishes to develop its time-honored friendship and cooperation with Myanmar, said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung Friday.

Dung met with his Myanmar counterpart Thein Sein in the Myanmar city of Nay Pyi Taw during his three-day visit to the country.

He proposed that the two countries increase the exchange of visits and boost bilateral ties through the joint committee and political consultation between the two ministries of foreign affairs.

The Vietnamese leader said he hoped that the ongoing visit would boost economics, trade and investment ties.

Dung affirmed his support for Myanmar’s roadmap towards democratization and urged Myanmar to make greater efforts to hold fair and free general elections in 2010.

PM Thein Sein warmly welcomed Dung’s visit to Myanmar, saying it would help strengthen the traditional friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

Having informed each other of the political and socio-economic situation in their countries, both leaders expressed delight at positive progress in bilateral relations since Dung’s visit to Myanmar in August 2007 and Thein Sein’s trip to Vietnam three months later.

During the talks, the two prime ministers discussed measures to further expand cooperative relations in the years to come.

Dung said the Vietnamese government had decided to establish an association of Vietnamese investors in Myanmar, which comprises major, prestigious enterprises wishing to do business and invest in the country.

The two leaders applauded cooperation between Vietnam and Myanmar within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as within cooperative frameworks and international forums.

PM Dung said Vietnam expected to receive support from Myanmar in a bid to successfully take on the ASEAN chairmanship in 2010, thereby realizing the establishment of the ASEAN Community by 2015.

After the talks, the two prime ministers adopted a joint declaration on Vietnam-Myanmar cooperation and witnessed the signing of memoranda of understanding related to investment promotion, agriculture, aquaculture, banking and businesses deals of the military-run telecom company Viettel and the SIMCO Song Da Company.

They also witnessed the license granting to the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam to open a representative office in Myanmar and another for the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines to open a direct air route linking Hanoi and Yangon.
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Vietnam PM visits Myanmar for talks, economic pacts
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YANGON : Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has met with Myanmar's military leader and signed economic pacts during a visit ahead of a regional summit in Hanoi, state media said Saturday.

Senior General Than Shwe and other military figures welcomed Dung to Myanmar's administrative capital Naypyidaw on Friday, but it was unclear if the Vietnamese premier raised the thorny issue of upcoming elections in Myanmar.

"The two sides exchanged views on further cementing of the friendly relations between the two countries and promotion of economic cooperation," said an editorial in the state-run daily "New Light of Myanmar".

"They also frankly exchanged views on international and regional issues," the newspaper said.

Seven contracts and joint agreements were signed during the visit, the editorial said, covering investment promotion and various economic sectors including agriculture, finance, communication and mines.

Vietnam's imports and exports to Myanmar totalled less than 100 million dollars last year.

The visit comes ahead of a regional summit in Hanoi on Thursday, which Myanmar's Prime Minister Thein Sein is due to attend.

Myanmar's pledge to hold elections later this year is likely to be a key issue at the meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Myanmar has imposed severe restrictions on the elections, expected in October or November, including the effective exclusion of jailed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, leading to widespread international condemnation.

Communist Vietnam holds this year's chairmanship of ASEAN and will host a summit of its leaders in Hanoi on April 8.

Philippines' Foreign Minister Alberto Romulo said last week he would urge members of the 10-nation bloc to call at the summit for a reversal of Myanmar's decree governing the elections.

Dung arrived in Myanmar on Friday on state-owned Vietnam Airlines, which this month began a direct service between the Vietnamese capital and Myanmar's largest city, Yangon.

A Myanmar official said Dung would meet business leaders in Yangon on Saturday and would visit the famed Shwedagon pagoda on Sunday morning before returning to Hanoi.
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Myanmar PM to attend 16th ASEAN summit in Vietnam
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YANGON, April 5 (PNA/Xinhua) -- Myanmar Prime Minister General Thein Sein will attend the 16th Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Hanoi, Vietnam, an official announcement from Nay Pyi Taw said Monday.

At the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung, Thein Sein is to attend the summit slated for Thursday-Friday.

Vietnam stands the 2010 ASEAN chairmanship.

According to Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dao Viet Trung, three major issues will be discussed at the meeting, which include promoting efforts in building the ASEAN Community and implementation of the ASEAN Charter, enhancing cooperation in response to global challenges affecting the region and boosting the external relations of the ASEAN with a focus on maintenance of the central role of the ASEAN in regional cooperation process.

The summit will also give priority to discussions on concrete measures in building ASEAN economic community, one of the three major pillars of the ASEAN community. The other two are political security community and socio-culture community.

During the summit, the ASEAN leaders will seek approval on two important documents, namely the ASEAN statement on recovery and sustainable development and the ASEAN statement on joint response to climate change which are all designed to promote regional cooperation to deal with the consequences of economic crisis, ensure recovery and sustainable development, and respond to climate change, Trung said.

Meanwhile, Vietnamese Prime Minister Dung paid a three-day working visit to Myanmar from April 2-4, during which the two countries signed seven contracts and memorandums of understanding on bilateral cooperation related to investment promotion, fishery, agriculture, finance, communications and mining.

The last 15th ASEAN Summit was held in Hua Hin, Thailand in October 2009.

ASEAN comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. (PNA/Xinhua)
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hakz2007, are there any other projects going on in Myanmar
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Irrawaddy: Burma’s watered down festival – Yeni
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Thingyan, Burma’s traditional New Year’s water festival, starts on Wednesday, and military junta chief Snr-Gen Than Shwe and his family are already rolling up their sleeves to celebrate the five-day holiday in the capital Naypyidaw.This year, Than Shwe’s business cronies will sponsor all the festive activities in Naypyidaw. Several members of the military top brass, delegations from the respective government ministries and major businessmen will make appearances, as well as many of the country’s top pop singers and traditional dancers.

Than Shwe may see the festival as a celebration of the near completion of his seven-step “road map to democracy.”

Than Shwe’s favorite grandson, Nay Shwe Thway Aung, gets top billing on the festival circuit. The 19-year-old will appear at festivities in Naypyidaw, Rangoon and Mandalay.

According to a source in Rangoon, Than Shwe’s grandson will host his own pavilion on Prome Road near Inya Lake in Rangoon, bypassing rules laid down by the Yangon [Rangoon] City Development Committee (YCDC) and the SPDC Rangoon Division.

Many rich kids in Rangoon—notably Phyoe Tay Za and Htet Tay Za, the sons of Burmese tycoon Tay Za—will join in the clubhouse atmosphere alongside Nay Shwe Thway Aung, the source said.

It’s a time of fun, as the late Burmese author Khin Myo Chit wrote, “to have nice clean fun with dear friends, sprinkling scented water on one another … all the teasing and playing and joking go with the spirit of the season.”

Unfortunate then that Thingyan is severely restricted for the common people of Burma.

The YCDC announced no less than 39 rules governing participants in the water festival in Rangoon. On top of all the other restrictions, the YCDC is limiting the location of pavilions. Rangoon’s youngsters are not allowed to build pavilions along University Avenue and Inya Road, the venues where the crowd usually flocks.

According to YCDC restrictions, pavilions must be given Burmese names, pavilion decorations must be designed to showcase Burmese art and culture, pavilion workers and guests must wear traditional Burmese clothing, pavilions must only serve traditional Burmese food and pavilion workers and guests must dance in a manner that reflects Burmese culture.

In fact, Thingyan—which has long since evolved from a simple purification ceremony into one of the world’s wildest annual events—has been increasingly commercialized, with major companies sponsoring pop concerts, DJs, dances and water-throwing events.

Ironically, many fun-loving citizens will simply have to stand back and watch as Than Shwe’s grandson and his gangster friends flaunt the rules and their wealth in their private pavilion. The rules do not apply to them, of course.

The Rangoon pavilion permit committee announced that it will only issue 46 pavilion permits to residents and private companies. Last year, there were more than 200 pavilions built in Rangoon for the water festival.

In Mandalay, the most famous location for its traditional colorful performances and fun activities during Thingyan, there will be just 39 pavilions this year. Last year there were 110.

“The generals are trying to discourage us,” a local man said. “Nowadays, Naypyidaw is above all else.”

Thingyan is not all fun and games. It is a time for taking stock of the past year and making the most of the few remaining days before the arrival of the new year, according to Burmese tradition. Apart from the traditional water-throwing festival, Burmese people visit pagodas and monasteries to make merit and keep precepts, pay respect to the elderly, and do charitable work. It’s also a time of rest and recreation after the year’s labors.

Burmese abroad will also be celebrating. Water festivals abroad are generally community gatherings, featuring singing, dancing and traditional food.

Astrologers are also invited along to give blessings at this special time of year.

The origin of Thingyan is from Hinduism—the new year signified by the Princess Devi passing on the the Brahma’s head to the next Devi. The Brahma, the supreme eternal deity whose essence makes up the cosmos, was considered so powerful that if his head were thrown into the sea it would dry up immediately. If it were thrown onto land it would be scorched. If it were thrown up into the air the sky would burst into flames—hence the head is protected by the hands of the princess and passed on year after year.

Thingyan-sa, the annual almanac broadsheet predicting what lies ahead in the coming year, which is published by the state-sponsored Myanmar Calendar Advisory Member, reads this year that Burma will be burdened with sorrow.

“The Devi who will accept Brahma’s head this year is crying,” San Zarni Bo, one of Burma’s leading astrologers, told The Irrawaddy. “It means that the country will be sad if something changes this year.”

The Brahma’s head, often whispered by Burmese to be the symbol of the military junta, seems to be giving grief to the weeping princess. Perhaps she is finding it like a “hot potato” with no one to pass it to.
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Indonesia’s ‘credibility to play role’ in Myanmar transition
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A number of observers have suggested that initiatives to encourage Myanmar’s military junta to hand over power to civilians include guaranteeing that they will not be prosecuted after stepping down. The Jakarta Post’s
Lilian Budianto talks about the issue with the president of Washington-based National Endowment for Democracy, Carl Gershman, currently in Jakarta for the 6th symposium of the “World Movement for Democracy”. Gershman also said Indonesia could play a significant role in Myanmar’s transition to democracy. Below are excerpts of the interview:

Question: Does providing guarantee that Myanmar’s generals will be free from prosecution after they are not in power help lead to transition to democracy?

Answer: Yes, the generals in Myanmar want to know that they have a future after they are no longer in power.

They want some compromise. Just like in Indonesia; the military was moved out of politics but they retain some influence here.

In South Africa, (in the aftermath of apartheid system), not everybody was punished. Some peopleneed to be punished, such as those who committed crimes against humanity.

There are different levels of crimes but it is important to limit vengeance and retribution because if you go too far, you will destabilize the democratic transition.

Former rulers will fight and so you must find the middle ground. It is hard. Human rights activists sometimes are more interested in retribution than finding the middle ground because it involves compromise. You have to find a balance.

Is it acceptable for the international community to allow perpetrators of human rights crimes to walk free?

It will need compromise and constitutional reforms factoring in how to include the minority and how much power to give to the military (after the end of dictatorship). In Chile in 1989, you had (president Augusto) Pinochet out of office but the military had some influence afterward. In Poland in 1989, some radical activists were against some guarantees that were given to communists. But compromises are sometimes necessary.

You must deal with the past, which can arise in different ways.

What role can Indonesia play in Myanmar?

Indonesia has the authority and credibility to play a role in the transition of Burma considering that it is the largest country in Southeast Asia. It is a democracy ruled by the former military general. Indonesia has the authority to enter Burma more than we do. Indonesia believes in quiet diplomacy.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is a sophisticated man. He doesn’t believe in imposing the will of Indonesia on Burma. Indonesia believes in a quiet diplomacy. He can use that to encourage a change in Burma, Indochina as well. Indonesia has a role to play beyond his border. We are engaging with Indonesia to spread democracy.

The relation between Indonesia and the US is one of the most important relations we have in the world in terms of democracy development. We have difficult relations with authoritarian countries. We must look together for a change to work together in Burma. It is important for the US to work with Indonesia on Burma.

What can push change in Myanmar?

Domestic drive. International push can only provide some aid but the drive has to come from within.

But the domestic factor is too weak?

It is not that the domestic factor is too weak but the military regime is too severe.

You have thousands of people who took to the streets in 2007 for revolutions, but they were repressed. One thing that was different in Burma: In the 1988 uprising, 3,000 people were killed while in the 2007 uprising, 100 were killed. There is space for a democratic voice in Burma.

What options does it have to lead to change?

It is possible that the people, like in the Philippines, have a non-violent revolution. However, that is not possible in Burma.

Indonesia has to play a role. The Indonesian President is from the military. He can show the Burmese that it is possible to make a transition to democracy and you have to pressure them but also enable them see that there is a future. Dictators tend to be very nervous because they committed crimes and are afraid the people will seek revenge.
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2...ransition.html
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BANGKOK, April 23 (PNA/TNA) -– Thailand is the top investor in Myanmar, with Britain and Singapore coming second and third, according to the Board of Investment (BoI), a Thai government agency.

Wassana Mututanond, BoI investment advisor, said Myanmar is one of many destinations where Thai businesspersons have an opportunity to invest. Thailand has invested US$ 7.41 billion in Myanmar between 1988 and 2009, making it the top investor in the country in terms of investment value.

Of the total value, 81.7 per cent is invested in the power business, 8.33 per cent in the manufacturing industry, and 3.1 per cent in the hotels and tourism sector.

She said industries that give Thai investors opportunities to invest in Myanmar include agriculture, processed foods, leather, precious stones and mining, and tourism.

Regarding a plan to hold investment promotion actiivities abroad in Fiscal 2010, she said BoI is set to conduct 13 events and activities both locally and overseas.

In addition to holding seminars, BoI will focus on providing information and consultancy services and will help create a state- and private-sector network and encourage business matching. (PNA/TNA)
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Temperatures reach record highs in central Myanmar
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Yangon - Temperatures in central Myanmar have reached 46-year record highs this hot season, peaking at 45.6 degrees in some places, news reports said Monday.

"The annual March and April heat wave has pushed maximum temperatures in some areas of upper Myanmar to almost 50-year highs," the Myanmar Times reported, citing data from the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology.

According to the department's figures, the heat wave peaked at 45.6 degrees in Minbu, Magway division, on April 6, slightly above the past record of 45.2 degrees reached on April 17, 1973.

On March 26, the mercury hit 43.5 degrees in Monywa, 135 kilometres north-east of Mandalay, and on April 7, a temperature of 43.5 degrees was recorded at Naypyitaw, the military government's new capital, situated 320 kilometres north of Yangon, the old capital.

The exception was Kachin State in northern Myanmar, where temperatures were around the April average of 26 degrees, and rain and thundershowers were recorded.
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MYANMAR'S DEPT OF HYDRO-POWER PLANNING SIGNS DEAL FOR HUTGYI PROJECT
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NAY PYI TAW, April 26 (NNN-MNA) -- The Department of Hydro-power Planning (DHP) under Myanmar's Ministry of Electric Power No. 1 has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with three foreign firms for the implementation of the Hutgyi hydro-electric power project.

The MoA was signed here last Saturday with the SinoHydro Corporation Ltd of China and EGAT International Co Ltd of Thailand and the International Group of Entrepreneur Co Ltd, at the Ministry of Electric Power No. 1.

Minister for Electric Power No. 1 Colonel Zaw Min delivered an opening address and Deputy Governor Wirash Kanchanapibul of EGAT International Co Ltd, a subsidiary of Thai state-owned power utility, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), spoke on the occasion.

Director-General U Kyee Soe of DHP, Vice-President Shen Decai of SinoHydro Corporation Ltd, Deputy Governor Sahust Pratuknukul and the responsible personnel of International Group of Entrepreneur Co Ltd signed the contract.
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I'm hoping so much to the democratization of Myanmar!
if the country becomes democratic, I think it will grow very fast
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