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Nathalie Johnston
Nathalie Johnston

Nathalie Johnston is the gallery director of contemporary art gallery ts1 (also known as Transit Shed 1), which opened in April, realising a vision by entrepreneur Ivan Pun and his PUN+PROJECTS team. Ms Johnston has a longstanding interest in Myanmar contemporary art and wrote a thesis on the country's performance art while studying at Sothebys Institute of Art in Singapore. She spoke to Mizzima Business Weekly's Jessica Mudditt about the gallery’s potential and her passion for Myanmar contemporary art.

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Joern Kristensen
Joern Kristensen

Joern Kristensen is executive director of the Myanmar Institute for Integrated Development, a non-profit research and development organisation he founded in January. MIID's focus is on economic development, natural resources management, heritage preservation, governance and social protection and it works mainly in upland regions with large ethnic minority communities, many of which have suffered decades of civil conflict linked to the production and trafficking of narcotics. These communities are dependent on natural resources for their livelihoods but have been affected by climate change, environmental degradation, food insecurity and a lack of social protection. Mr Kristensen, who has worked in humanitarian and development programs for more than 30 years, spoke to Mizzima Business Weekly's Jessica Mudditt about his passion for improving the lives of some of Myanmar’s most vulnerable people.

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Edwin Vanderbruggen: ‘The new regulations strengthen the grip of the Central Bank on foreign loans’

Edwin-Vanderbruggen
Edwin Vanderbruggen, partner at law firm VDB Loi Main Photo: BM Ward

The Central Bank of Myanmar last month issued new rules for the way domestic banks and their clients handle foreign loans. The CBM said the change was to remove ambiguities. Mizzima Business Weekly’s Hans Hulst spoke with Edwin Vnderbruggen, a partner at law firm VDB loi, who said the new rules amount to a tightening of the CMB’s grip over foreign loans.

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Interview with KNDO chairperson Saw Ner Dah Mya

Saw Ner Dah Mya, 48, the chairperson of the Karen National Defence Organisation, was born at Manerplaw, a karen National Union stronghold until 1995 when it was captured by the tatmadaw. Saw Ner day Mya’s father, the late Saw Bo Mya, chaired the KNU from 1976 to 2000. Saw Ner dah Mya attended secondary school in Bangkok and later travelled to the United States, where he studied for a degree at Pacific Union College, a Seventh day adventist university in angwin, California. After his studies he returned to the border areas of kayin State to work for the Karen National Union before becoming chairperson of the KNDO in 2013. He has never visited Yangon. Mizzima Business Weekly’s Portia larlee met Saw Ner dah Mya in the Thai border town of Mae Sot to discuss the KNDO, its defence strategies and the negotiations in Myanmar for a national ceasefire.

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Presidential spokesperson U Ye Htut was confirmed as Minister of Information on August 1 after his nomination was approved by parliament. The former Deputy Information Minister replaces U Aung Kyi, who resigned on July 29. Mizzima consulting editor Myo Tha Htet, formerly with the BBC Burmese service in London, interviewed U Ye Htut and began by asking what he hopes to achieve as Information Minister.

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Tony Picon, the chamber’s founding president and the managing director of Colliers International Myanmar.  Photo: Lwin Maung Maung
Tony Picon, the chamber’s founding president and the managing director of Colliers International Myanmar.
Photo: Lwin Maung Maung

The british chamber of commerce Myanmar was launched at a ceremony at the Strand hotel ballroom on July 16. The launch has given britain the distinction of being the first country to launch a locally-registered chamber of commerce in Myanmar, says the british chambers of commerce. Mizzima business Weekly’s Hans Hulst spoke to Tony Picon, the chamber’s founding president and the managing director of colliers international Myanmar, and asked about prospects for the BCCM and the broader economic transition.

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