Study links COVID-19 to poverty rise

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has linked the COVID-19 to a rise in poverty among Myanmar’s poorest in both rural and urban areas. The study surveyed 1000 people in Yangon and 1000 living in the central dry zone. In bo

COVID-19 looms over Mandalay

Yangon still bears the worst of Myanmar’s COVID-19 outbreak, but the city of Mandalay reported record high daily cases this week, including new cases among election officials and truck drivers. At the time of writing, there have been just over

Thai border trade continues to suffer

Although the border crossing at Mae Sot (Thailand) has re-opened, COVID-19 containment measures continue to hinder the flow of goods. Among these is a mandate that goods be unloaded and re-loaded into Thai trucks before moving on. This has proved to
Myanmar’s manufacturing PMI hits second lowest on record

Myanmar’s manufacturing PMI hits second lowest on record

The latest IHS Markit Myanmar Manufacturing PMI plunged to 30.6 in October 2020 from 35.9 a month earlier. This was the second-lowest reading on record as the economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis persisted, with the government putting many regio

Government to update COVID relief plan

The government has announced a new long-term plan to help the economy recover from COVID-19. The new Myanmar Economic Recovery and Reform Plan (MERRP), which is being drafted, will replace the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan (CERP), explained U Thaun

UEC says turnout will be high despite pandemic

The Union Election Commission (UEC) believes the pandemic will not seriously harm voter turnout in the November 8th election. Speaking to the The Myanmar Times, UEC spokesperson U Myint Naing said that careful preparations will result in voter turnou