Myanmar

Asia-Pacific forest and farm producers pivotal to improving smallholder livelihoods

“Producer organisations are strategic partners for FAO in achieving its mandate and SDG targets on food security and poverty reduction,” said Xiaojie Fan, FAO representative in Myanmar. “FAO supports existing dynamics in countries, by strengthening producer organizations’ capacities at global, …

by · Monday, 20 November 2017 · Myanmar, Philippines

Top China diplomat talks refugee crisis with Myanmar leaders

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar: China’s foreign minister said Sunday that the international community must help fight poverty and promote development in …

by · Sunday, 19 November 2017 · China, Myanmar, Thailand

Top China diplomat talks refugee crisis with Myanmar leaders

NAYPYITAW — China’s foreign minister said yesterday that the international community must help fight poverty and promote development in …

by · Sunday, 19 November 2017 · China, Myanmar, Philippines

Henry Van Thio addresses World Food Day ceremony in Nay Pyi Taw

Myanmar is still facing problems related to malnutrition, food and migration due to domestic instability, climate change, natural disasters and poverty …

by · Tuesday, 17 October 2017 · Myanmar, Thailand

Hunger traps Rohingya trying to flee Myanmar

But pincered by poverty, those massed on the beach are unable to afford the price for passage that has rocketed to upwards of $250. “If we stay here …

by · Wednesday, 11 October 2017 · Myanmar, Philippines

Racing to prevent cholera in Rohingya refugee camps

What’s the situation? A humanitarian crisis of near biblical proportions. Since 25 August, 515,000 Rohingya have crossed from Myanmar to Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. They tell stories of villages being burned, family members being executed, children killed, women raped. It’s truly a children’s emergency. A staggering 60% of new arrivals are children and 30% are children under 5 years old. Children who’ve not only witnessed unspeakable violence but risked their lives on exhausting journeys by foot through jungles and over mountains, and some across treacherous rivers and seas in flimsy boats. Conditions in the sprawling camps are incredibly basic. Bamboo…

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by · Monday, 9 October 2017 · Bangladesh, Myanmar
Bangladesh corridor vital to India’s ‘Act East’ policy

Bangladesh corridor vital to India’s ‘Act East’ policy

India-Bangladesh land border crossing. Credit: Sanjay Kathuria

Deepening connectivity and economic linkages between India and Bangladesh will be critical for the success of India’s ‘Act East’ policy.

Here are five priority areas that have the potential to change the economy of Northeast India:

1. Transport Connectivity

After 1947, Northeast (NE) India has had to access the rest of India largely via the “Chicken’s Neck” near Siliguri, greatly increasing travel times. Traders travel 1600 km from Agartala (Tripura) to Kolkata (West Bengal) via Siliguri to access Kolkata port. Instead, they can travel less than 600 kms to reach the same destination via Bangladesh, or even better, travel only 200 km to access the nearby port of Chittagong in Bangladesh.

This is set to change as close cooperation between Bangladesh and India (including various ongoing initiatives such as the transshipment of Indian goods through Bangladesh’s Ashuganj port to Northeast India, expanding of rail links within Northeast India and between the two countries, the BBIN Motor Vehicles Agreement) can dramatically reduce the cost of transport between Northeast India and the rest of India.

The resultant decline in prices of goods and services can have a strong impact on consumer welfare and poverty reduction in the Northeast. Such cooperation also opens up several additional possibilities of linking India with ASEAN via Myanmar.

Moving forward, expanding direct connectivity between NE India and the rest of India via Bangladesh, while giving Bangladesh similar access to Nepal and Bhutan via India, is critical.

2. Digital Connectivity

Broadband connectivity of 10 gbps is now being provided from Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar to Tripura and beyond, to help improve the speed and reliability of internet access in NE India. Bangladesh has the capacity to provide more.

by · Thursday, 28 September 2017 · Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal

Doing business in a federal government

Not only do we have a low per capita GDP but according to the ADB, in 2016 only Myanmar and Laos had slightly higher poverty rates than the …

by · Wednesday, 13 September 2017 · Laos, Myanmar, Philippines

Doing business in a federal government

Not only do we have a low per capita GDP but according to the ADB, in 2016 only Myanmar and Laos had slightly higher poverty rates than the …

by · Wednesday, 13 September 2017 · Laos, Myanmar, Philippines

Bangladesh braces for new surge as Rohingya exodus nears 300000

POVERTY. The widespread persecution of the impoverished community in Myanmar’s Rakhine state is one of the primary causes for the current …

by · Saturday, 9 September 2017 · Bangladesh, Myanmar, Philippines