President invites Japanese PM to visit Myanmar after Tokyo visit

At the invitation of Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw, paid an official visit to Japan from December 14-17 with the aim of strengthening bilateral relations.

The President also attended the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Forum 2017 in Tokyo, where he delivered a speech saying that Myanmar’s progress so far could not have been achieved without the help of Japan.

Military chief commissions 10 airplanes while calling for more


Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing commissioned 10 military aircraft at a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of Myanmar’s Air Force on December 15.

A total of 10 airplanes — six Yak-130s, two Fokker-70s and two ATR 42-320s — were put into operation at the morning ceremony, held at the Air Training School in Meiktila Station in Mandalay Region. The Yak 130 is a two-seat advanced jet trainer and light-attack aircraft.

Business people should help farmers: Ayeyawady chief minister


Business people need to help and cooperate with farmers, urged Ayeyawady Region Chief Minister Mahn Johnny in a December 15 speech to the annual ceremony of the Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF). 

“Farmers are very poor people. They have very low income,” he said at the ceremony held at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI).

President committed to remaining steadfast partner together with JICA, WB, WHO, UN agencies and 2030 UHC’s members

The Government of Myanmar will remain your steadfast partner together with the Government of Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), World Bank Group, WHO, UN agencies and all members of UHC 2030 as they continuously support for the long journey to promote shared vision and practice of UHC, President Htin Kyaw of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar said.

Chinese embassy tells LIPA to send complaint letter through police

The Letpadaungtaung Interest Protection Association went to Chinese embassy in Nay Pyi Taw on December 14 and sent a letter of complaints about Letpadaung copper mine, but the embassy official told the demonstrators to send it through the police and so they left there without giving it.

The LIPA led by ten members including Naw Ohn Hla went to Chinese embassy and they attempted to give the complaint letter about Letpadaung copper mine, but the official in charge of the concerned township police station accepted it.

NCA signatories begin five-day preliminary talks

The Peace Process Steering Team and working committees of eight ethnic armed organizations that have so far signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) began five days of preparatory talks in Chiang Mai, Thailand on December 14.

The talks will lead to the Third Meeting of the Union Peace Conference, also known as the 21st Century Panglong Conference.

Magway and Sagaing MPs’ performances greater than others from regions and states

The individual performances of the parliamentarians from Magway and Sagaing Regions look greater than those from other regions and states at the six regular session of the Second Parliament, a source of Open Myanmar Initiatives said.

UNFC’s leaders await response from State Counsellor and military chief

The leaders of United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) sent a letter about meeting with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services with the intention of removing the barriers to the signing of nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA), but it has not been returned to us, said Naing Aung Ma Ngay, CEC member of the UNFC.

Peace Commission tries to meet UNFC, Northern Alliance

YANGON- Prior to third meeting of the 21st Century Panglong Conference, the Union Peace Commission is trying to set up a meeting with the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) and the Northern Alliance, said Aung Soe, a member of Government’s Peace Commission.
He spoke at the Peace Forum organised by the Centre for Development and Ethnic Studies (CDES) held in Green Hill Hotel in Yangon.

NCA signatories to meet Tatmadaw in late December

Ethnic NCA signatories are scheduled to meet the Tatmadaw (government armed forces) informally in an effort to reunite security at the end of this month, said Colonel Khun Okkar, patron of Pa-O National Liberation Organisation (PNLO).
This informal meeting was proposed by Tatmadaw. It will place emphasis on matters relating to single army, disarmament and reunification of security, said Colonel Khun Okkar.