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Government to provide LPG to Yangon households

The government aims to cut electricity use in Yangon Region with the distribution of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to 150,000 households in December, a senior energy official said on Thursday.

The move was also aimed at reducing the using of wood for cooking in order to conserve the environment, according to Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) Deputy Permanent Secretary U Htay Aung.

“With these objectives, we plan to distribute LPG first to Yangon Region for 150,000 households,” he said in a press briefing.
 Parami Energy Service Co. has just won the rental tender for the state-owned No.1 Refinery (Thanlyin), U Htay Aung said.
“Many companies were interested but as it is not easy to distribute 4000 tons of LPG at one time, only 9 firms competed and Parami Energy Service Co. which submitted the highest price won the tender,” U Aung Myint, Director from Myanma Petrochemical Enterprise (MPE), said.

Parami Energy Service Co. will […]

September 18th, 2017|

India-Myanmar Joint Statement issued on the occasion of the State Visit of Prime Minister of India to Myanmar (September 5-7, 2017)

၂၁။ ႏွစ္ႏိုင္ငံအၾကား လၽွပ္စစ္ႏွင့္ စြမ္းအင္ပံ့ပိုးမႈကြန္ရက္မ်ား ပိုမို ေပါင္းစည္းေဆာင္႐ြက္ရန္လိုအပ္ေၾကာင္း ႏွစ္ဖက္လုံးမွ အေလးထားေျပာၾကားခဲ့ပါသည္။ စြမ္းအင္ရွာေဖြမႈႏွင့္ ထုတ္လုပ္မႈက႑၌ အိႏၵိယႏိုင္ငံ၏ ပါဝင္ေဆာင္႐ြက္မႈကို ျမန္မာဘက္က ႀကိဳဆိုခဲ့ၿပီး ေရနံႏွင့္ သဘာ၀ဓာတ္ေငြ႕ထြက္ကုန္မ်ား၊ ေဈးကြက္အေျခခံအေဆာက္အအုံႏွင့္ LPG terminal မ်ား တည္ေဆာက္ျခင္းလုပ္ငန္းမ်ားအတြက္ တင္ဒါမ်ားေခၚယူရာ၌ အိႏၵိယကုမၸဏီမ်ားအား ပါဝင္ယွဥ္ၿပိဳင္ရန္ ဖိတ္ေခၚခဲ့ပါသည္။ အိႏၵိယႏိုင္ငံ၏ ထိပ္တန္းေရနံႏွင့္ ဓာတ္ေငြ႕ကုမၸဏီမ်ားသည္ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံ၌ ႐ုံးခန္းမ်ားဖြင့္လွစ္ရန္ ေဆာင္႐ြက္ေနေၾကာင္း အိႏၵိယဘက္က အသိေပးခဲ့ပါသည္။ နယ္စပ္ကုန္းလမ္းကို ျဖတ္ေက်ာ္၍ ဒီဇယ္ဆီတင္ပို႔ရန္ အိႏၵိယႏိုင္ငံ၏ Numaligarh ေရနံခ်က္စက္႐ုံႏွင့္ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံ ပါရမီစြမ္းအင္အုပ္စုတို႔အၾကား သေဘာတူညီခ်က္အေပၚ ခ်ီးက်ဴးခဲ့ၿပီး ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံေျမာက္ပိုင္းရွိ ျပည္သူမ်ားအတြက္ ပိုမိုေဈးသက္သာ၍ ယုံၾကည္စိတ္ခ်ရသည့္ ေလာင္စာဆီတင္သြင္းႏိုင္မည္ျဖစ္သျဖင့္ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံတြင္ ေရနံထုတ္ကုန္မ်ား လက္လီေရာင္းခ်သည့္ ေဈးကြက္ႏွင့္ သိုေလွာင္မႈ၌ ပူးေပါင္းေဆာင္႐ြက္ေရးကို အားေပးခဲ့ၾကပါသည္။ အိႏၵိယမွ အဆင့္ျမင့္ ဒီဇယ္ ပထမသုတ္တင္ပို႔မႈသည္ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံသို႔ ၂၀၁၇ ခုႏွစ္ စက္တင္ဘာလ ၄ ရက္ေန႔တြင္ ေရာက္ရွိခဲ့ပါသည္။


21. Both sides underlined the need for bringing about greater integration of power and energy supply networks between India and Myanmar. Myanmar welcomed India’s participation in its energy sector both in exploration and production and invited Indian companies to participate in tenders for petrochemicals and petroleum products, marketing infrastructure and setting up of LPG terminals. India informed that leading Indian oil and gas companies are in the process of opening their offices in Myanmar. The two sides applauded the agreement reached by Numaligarh Refinery […]

September 7th, 2017|

Youth parliament to tackle Myanmar energy sector issues at first-ever session

Students from various ethnic groups are set to tackle issues facing the country’s energy sector in the first ever convening of the Dagon University Youth Parliament (DUYP) later in the week.

The Dagon University Law Student’s Association (DULSA), which organised the event, said the Youth Parliament would be attended by 32 students from Kachin, Kayah, Karen, Chin, Burma, Mon, Rakhine and Shan.

The Youth Parliament, with the theme, “Promoting Myanmar Energy Sector”, is being held on July 24 and 25 at Dagon University’s E-Library.

“We also want students from the different majors to familiarize and understand the various ethnic groups existing in the country,” said Ko Myo Thet Paing, deputy executive director for Dagon University Law Students’ Association.

The Youth Parliament participants were divided into eight groups, each with four members. The four members in each group would choose among themselves the chief, economic, political and social representatives.

“Representatives for economic, political and social […]

July 26th, 2017|

‘Mini grids’ coming to light up rural Myanmar

YANGON — With the nationwide power supply network far from reaching small localities across Myanmar, projects to set up “mini grids” for villages are gaining traction.

The unplugged areas

Many parts of Myanmar are still not connected to power grids. One example is a village located an hour and half by car from Mandalay — the second-largest city in the country. Oxcarts ply the streets, and utility poles are seen sporadically.

But the poles just stand there without any power lines running between them. They were erected to provide electricity to the village, but when that will happen no one knows, says a staffer of a local nonprofit.

Only 32% of households in Myanmar use electricity from the grid as a main source of lighting, according to the 2014 census. The government pledges to supply power to all households by 2030, but most observers are deeply skeptical and consider the target impossible.

Syncing up with mobile […]

July 25th, 2017|

Belt and Road is not the only game in town

Belt and Road is not the only game in town for Myanmar. Without doubt, the scheme is important and relevant; nonetheless, it is just part of the opportunities Myanmar has access to. The government, businesses and other stakeholders should act decisively to seize the opportunities, within and beyond the Belt and Road. 

In the past, China has focused so much to become the world’s manufacturing centre. Now, the Chinese leadership has realised that there is a need to rebalance global demand and economic growth, as the country preside over a series of challenges, including over-capacity and rising costs.

As a result, the Chinese leadership sees the need for aggressive reform on the supply side, transforming their renminbi as a regional settlement currency, and securing access to energy and food.

Beijing believes that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) will not only address those challenges, it will also open the door to new opportunities for China.

During the recent Belt and Road […]

July 3rd, 2017|

Asia’s 2017 Heroes Of Philanthropy

Each year since 2008, we’ve scoured the Asia-Pacific region for our list of top philanthropists. We look for men and women who made news with their altruism over the past year, and we also seek to spotlight people who have compiled a record of notable contributions over the years.
The members of this year’s honor roll pursued causes from launching a food bank in Singapore and training burn victims to be bakers in India to establishing a school for gifted children in Indonesia and training government officials in leadership and good governance in the Philippines. For the first time, philanthropists from Myanmar and Vietnam make the list.
The goal is to pick only true philanthropists–people who are giving their own money, not their company’s (unless they own most of the company), because we don’t consider donating shareholder funds as charity. And we also don’t list people who work in philanthropy solely […]

June 30th, 2017|

Myanmar expands electricity access through small grids

Investment in off-grid solutions is increasing in Myanmar, as the country seeks to boost connectivity and move towards providing universal access to electricity within 15 years.

In mid-May the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation announced it was accelerating its programme for off-grid power projects in rural areas. Under these plans, 10 villages will be linked to standalone power sources as part of a pilot programme to improve connectivity in remote regions.

By 2021 the ministry aims to link more than 35,000 households to mini-grid systems and install solar panel units at a further 460,000 homes.

Announcing the plan, the minister for agriculture, livestock and irrigation, U Aung Thu, said the scheme would require input from the private sector, state agencies and overseas support.

“Our target is to generate 30 MW from off-grid power sources, and we hope to supply about 500,000 households within the first five years,” he said. “Private sector participation […]

June 30th, 2017|

What do local and international businesses make of the Belt and Road?

Businesses in Myanmar generally welcome the Belt and Road Initiative’s (BRI) investment boost for the country’s infrastructure development.

Some urged Myanmar to be more proactive in navigating its involvement in the scheme. Many emphasised the importance of transparency, public engagement and adhering to international practices. But some have also expressed reservation and scepticism against China’s ambitious scheme.

Last month, the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation attracted the largest number of foreign dignitaries to the Chinese capital since the 2008 Olympic Games. Launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013 as “One Belt, One Road”, the scheme involves China underwriting billion-dollar investments, mainly in infrastructure, in countries along the old Silk Road and new routes, creating an extensive trade network by linking Asia, Europe and Africa. The financial commitment illustrates the ambition: China is spending roughly US$150 billion a year in the 68 countries which have signed on to the project. […]

June 8th, 2017|

Closing the infrastructure gap through blended finance

With ASEAN turning 50 years old and China’s Belt and Road Initiative taking centre stage, connectivity is a buzz word embraced by politicians and pundits alike. Since the Fourth Industrial Revolution has started, Myanmar should look at developing connectivity in terms of both hardware and software, according to Ken Tun, chief executive officer of Parami Energy.


With ASEAN turning 50 years old and China’s Belt and Road Initiative taking centre stage, connectivity is a buzz word embraced by politicians and pundits alike. With the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Myanmar should look at developing connectivity in terms of both hardware and software, according to Ken Tun, chief executive officer of Parami Energy.

After his trip to Phnom Penh for the World Economic Forum (WEF) on ASEAN 2017, Mr Tun spoke to The Myanmar Times on the ASEAN topics tackled at the Forum and how Myanmar’s digital and physical infrastructure should move forward.

Approaching its […]

May 31st, 2017|

Quality infrastructure vital for growth

Quality infrastructure will attract foreign direct investment and is the key to Asean’s sustained economic growth, according to a Japanese bank official yesterday.
“The Asean region needs to give priority to developing good infrastructure. This is a key factor for improving connectivity and long term quality growth in the regional grouping,” said Yasuharu Funahashi, deputy general manager of Mizuho Bank.
“Infrastructure development in turn attracts foreign direct investment which will support Asean’s role as a major global trading partner,” added Mr Funahashi.
Mr Funahashi was speaking at a pre-World Economic Forum (WEF) on Asean panel that was attended by Japanese bankers, key players from the private sector and officials from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The WEF on Asean will be open today by Prime Minister Hun Sen.
Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia Hidehisa Horinouchi told the panel that Japan was willing to share its technical experience with Asean to further improve its global […]

May 11th, 2017|