Extractive industries
Oil wells in Yenangyaung during the early 20th century.  Photo taken from  "Twentieth century impressions of Burma : its history, people, commerce, industries, and resources" Arnold Wright, 1910. Public domain.
Farmers plant paddy traditionaly at a field in Pauktal Village, Bago Region. Photo: Thant Zin Win
Illegal Labor
Migrant workers, mainly from Myanmar and Cambodia, are the main workforce for Thailand's fishing industry. Photo by International Labour Organization, taken on February 4, 2015. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.

Open Data Meetup: Reporting on the Enviornment

A meetup on “Using Data To Report On the Environment” was held at Phandeeyar: Myanmar Innovation Lab on October 5, 2016. Key purpose of the meetup was to discuss on the how open data and mapping could help better manage vital natural resources. Beth Walker UK Director and Editor from thethirdpole.net, and Tar Yar Maung of Tanintharyi Natural Resource Watch and ALARM/EcoDev, were the key speakers at the event.


Beth shared about Open Data and Mapping from an Environmental Journalists's perspective while Tar Yar Maung discussed about collecting and sharing data related to Natural Resources based on her rich local experiences. 




The event was attended by 31 participants, many of whom were journalists who interesting in data journalism. Both Local and International media houses attended the event.


Moemaka Media's Meetup @Phandeeyar: Journalism in the Digital Age


A meetup on “Journalism in the Digital Age” was held at Phandeeyar: Myanmar Innovation Lab on August 27, 2016. Key purpose of the meetup was to discuss on the usage of information technology, multimedia and data in the digital age.

The meetup was organized jointly by Moemaka and Phandeeyar. Thar Nyunt Oo, Editor of Voice of America, Esther Htusan, journalist at the associated press and a Pulitzer Prize winner, and Thet Aung, Open Data Manager of Phandeeyar were the key speakers at the event. Thar Nyunt Oo discussed about the recent changes in journalism based on his experiences. Esther Htusan shared her investigative journalism experiences using IT. Thet Aung from Phandeeyar discuss on Data Journalism, Open Data and the Open Development Myanmar Portal. The event was attended by around 40 participants, many of whom were young journalists. Both Local and International media houses attended the event.



Open Development Myanmar Soft Launch


On the 22nd August at Phandeeyar: Myanmar Innovation Lab, Open Development Myanmar was soft launched to test its functionalities, to introduce Open Data, to present the use cases of Open Data, to identify potential data partners and gather feedback and inputs on the Open Development Myanmar Platform and Open Data movement from the participants. Open Development Myanmar is a leading initiative of Phandeeyar’s Open Data Program and Myanmar country partner of OpenDevelopmentMekong.net, a regional open data platform. The program is supported by USAID via PACT's Mekong Partnership for the Environment. 

Right after the presentation of Open Development Myanmar and sharing sessions of OMI and Myanmar Now, it was Q & A session which led to the most critical parts of Open Data movement in Myanmar. The hands-on discussion was continued to keep the heat, the groups discussed the role of Government, CSOs, and Media for Open Data and lesson learned on a data-driven story or social movement in the past.

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Voters lacking info about candidates: EEOP survey

More than half of the voters have admitted that they don’t know the plans and policies of the candidates competing in the by-election on April 1, 2017, according to the Pre-Election Voter Perception Survey done by the Election Education and Observation Partners (EEOP).

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Government to Give Investors Equal Rights at New Industrial Zones, Satellite Townships

The government has plans to build new industrial zones and satellite townships across the country, U Kyaw Win, the minister for planning and finance, told an investment conference.

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Construction on Yangon-Dala Bridge to Begin in April

Construction on the Yangon-Dala cross-river bridge, which will link Yangon's downtown area to the underdeveloped satellite town, will begin in April this year, the Ministry of Information announced last week.

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Changes to Fuel Policy to Level Playing Field – Minister

Myanmar is plan­ning to liberalize policy for for­eign retailors in the local fuel sales industry, the minister for finance and planning said.

U Kyaw Win told a meeting of investors at Yangon’s Novotel Hotel that “one of the reasons for liberalizing the policy is that there is a fuel price gap between the local re­tail market and the in­ternational market, even though the global fuel price is sliding down.

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Japan Donates Boat to Serve Rakhine Route Stricken by Fatal Sinking

The Japanese gov­ernment has do­nated a boat to Ra­khine state that will serve the same route where a fatal sinking killed dozens in 2015.

The boat, delivered by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, is the first if a batch of wa­tercraft that will be used for transporting passen­gers through the state’s inland and coastal water­ways.

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