Significant events and news diary in 2023

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A part of the Taungtawkwin Solar Power Project is shown in the picture.
3 January
– The YCX marine product transportation process that links four ASEAN countries including Myanmar was launched. The service is available for Singapore- Port Klang-Yangon-Yangon-Port Klang-Singapore-Sihanoukville-Singapore routes. Along the route, it will connect Singapore, Port Klang of Malaysia, Yangon, Port Klang, Singapore, Sihanoukville Port of Cambodia, and Singapore.
– Green Power Energy announced the completion of the Taungtawkwin solar power plant established in Thanywa village of Myitha of Mandalay Region. The plant will generate 25 Megawatts per year and a total of 45,980 solar plates are installed. The solar tracking system is also installed to maximize photovoltaic (PV) energy from the sun.
– Governor of Central Bank of Myanmar Daw Than Than Swe said a specific plan should be laid to use a digital payment system for all tax payments including tax collection of the government, water and meter bills.
6 January
– 112 undocumented people entered by boat to Kadonelaykyun of Kadonkani village-tract of Bokale Township were sentenced to five years imprisonment for the maximum and two years’ imprisonment for the minimum.
7 January
– Thousands of Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand had to wait for a long time to make token to renew their passports near the Myanmar Embassy to Thailand.
– Yangon Region permitted 53 new investments that can create over 35,000 local jobs. From January to the third week of December 2022, foreign and domestic investments created 35,792 job opportunities in the region.
– The Illegal Trade Eradication Steering Committee announced that the seized illegal goods from border and sea routes are auctioned under the supervision of the committee.
8 January
– The Chinese Embassy to Myanmar announced that those who want to enter via the Ruili border camp no longer needed to submit a health code but to show a COVID-free certificate tested within 48 hours. The statement said after the reopening of the Ruili border camp, those who pass the camp do not need to apply for a health code but just need a COVID-free certificate tested within 48 hours.
– According to the Responsible Business Fund (RBF), Denmark will provide K2 billion to the domestic SMEs, and the Full Proposal for the 6th call (second stage) shall have to be submitted no later than 9 January.
– The YESC announced that power cut-offs occurred in some places of the Yangon Region. The compressors of Yadana offshore gas pipelines that transmit power to the Yangon Region will be under maintenance at 3 am on 9 January.
– Telematics devices that will enable YBS drivers to directly inform the Yangon Bus Operator Control Centre of unusual events on their buses have already been installed on 3,885 YBS buses, according to YRTC.
9 January
 – The compressors of Yadana offshore gas pipelines that transmit power to the Yangon Region were under maintenance at 3 am on 9 January.
11 January
– The Union Minister for Labour talked about the importance of CMP businesses as the factories need to follow the rules and regulations of the Central Bank of Myanmar in transferring expenses from foreign countries.
– The Directorate of Investment and Company Administration announced that they will not accept the submission of visa extensions of foreigners of local companies if they do not apply at least 60 days before their expiration.
– The Ministry of Commerce announced the list of goods that can be traded using US dollars in addition to Yuan at Myanmar-China border trade.
– The day border pass for 6 am -6 pm was granted to those passing Myawady-Mae Sot Friendship Bridge 1 starting from 12 January.
15 January
– The five-year Judicial Strategic Plan (2023-2027) drawn with the theme of “Providing Justice by All” and the Year One Action Plan (2023) in Myanmar-English bilingual were released by the Supreme Court of the Union.
– The Ministry of Health released public health requirements for travellers entering Myanmar through the Myanmar-Thai border on 19 January.
25 January
– Yangon Region Investment Committee approved 10 new investments worth K6,000 million and over US$10 million with more than 4,300 job opportunities in the region.
– Jin Tian cargo ship carrying Myanmar seamen sank in the sea off the coast of Nagasaki, southwest of Japan.
– The ceremony marking the 117th anniversary of Yangon Zoological Gardens was held from 27 to 29 January.
1  February
– According to the Yangon Region Public Transport Committee-YRTC, taxis in Yangon Region will have numbers representing respective townships.
– The Yangon City Development Committee purchased 232 three-wheeled garbage trucks to improve the trash collection system in Yangon Region.
– Foreigners residing and working in Myanmar with an e-visa (business) can apply for a stay extension and re-entry visa online.
7 February
– A fire broke out at the MPT telecom exchange office in Mayangon Township, interrupting MPT calls, MPT data, and WIFI.
– Forty-three jetties in eight districts of the Ayeyawady Region were leased to private businesses by auction in the financial year 2023-2024, according to the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
– Myanma Insurance signed an MoU with car companies and car sale centres to make insurance for various vehicles including EVs.
12 February
– Skay Cable Car services launched at BE. FALLS of PyinOoLwin Township in Mandalay Region marking Union Day.
20 February
– The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the Russian government allows six-month tourist visas for tourists from 19 countries including Myanmar.
28 February
– The EU announced that they will keep supporting local SMEs.
2 March
– A total of 138 Myanmar nationals detained in Bangkok, Thailand, were repatriated via the Myaway-Mae Sot Friendship Bridge.
– Myanmar Police Force announced that those who run online gambling, lucky draw, and illegal financing services will face legal actions under the existing law.
9 March
– Famous Myanmar singer Twantay Soe Aung passed away at 2:30 am.
20 March
– The Overseas Worker Identification Cards (OWIC)can be processed within a day at the office of the Yangon Region Labour Department.
– The Ministry of Construction announced that EVs will be exempted from tolls from 1 April 2023 until 31 March 2025.
– The Union Supreme Court announced that the adjudicating power of courts regarding trademarks shall come into effect starting from 1 April.
– The government allowed to allocate nearly K20000billion to ministries, departments, and region/state governments for the 2023-2024 financial year.
To be continued
Translated By KTZH
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