Nay Phone Latt: Former political prisoner and blogger, MIDO founder, PEN Myanmar secretary and campaigner against hate speech
Former political prisoner Nay Phone Latt, 34, is the secretary of PEN Myanmar and executive director of the advocacy group, Myanmar ICT Development Organization (MIDO), which he founded in February 2012. In April he launched the anti-hate speech movement panzagar ("flower speech"), which has campaigned on social media and in public using street theatre. He spoke to Mizzima Business Weekly's Jessica Mudditt about his passion for information and communications technology and his efforts to create a more tolerant society.
ILO liaison officer Steve Marshall
You can see them in almost every teashop and on street corners selling garlands of flowers: children who should be in school but are helping their parents to make ends meet. They are more fortunate than the legions of other children toiling at strenuous jobs. It is little wonder Myanmar is listed among the top three countries with the worst child labour records on the Maplecroft Child Labour Index 2014. What can be done to eradicate the problem without condeming to even deeper poverty the families who rely on income from their children? This is one of issues Mizzima Business Weekly's Hans Hulst explored in an interview with International Labour Organisation liaison officer Steve Marshall, who has been with the UN agency in Myanmar since 2007.
Comedian and activist Zarganar
Zarganar is widely considered to be Myanmar’s most popular comedian, as well as being a prolific writer, poet and filmmaker. An outspoken critic of the former military junta, the four-time political prisoner whose real name is U Maung Thura spent a total of 11 years behind bars. He was released in 2013 during a presidential amnesty granted to prisoners of conscience. In an exclusive interview with Mizzima Business Weekly's Jessica Mudditt, Zarganar spoke about his campaign to secure the release of remaining political prisoners and military intelligence officers, as well as his unlikely friendship with a murderer known as Buffalo, who helped him find the path to forgiveness.
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzachi Hanegbi
Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Tzachi Hanegbi visited Myanmar from August 27 to 29 on the first visit by a high-level Israeli official since 1979. During the visit Mr Hanegbi signed an framework agreement on cooperation in culture and sport. Mizzima Editor-in-Chief Soe Myint sat down with Mr Hanegbi on August 29 to discuss bilateral relations, conflict between majority and minority groups and Israel's business interests in Myanmar.
With yearly revenue exceeding US$50 billion, American semiconductor chipmaker Intel Corporation is a market leader in earnings. It is the inventor of the x86 microprocessors, which are used in most personal computers. Two years ago the California-based firm reached a distribution agreement with Myanmar's KMD Group of Companies. Mizzima Business Weekly’s Hans Hulst sat down with Gregory Bryant, Intel's vice-president and general manager, Asia-Pacific and Japan, during his recent visit to Yangon to talk about the company's expansion plans in Myanmar.
Since Myanmar opened in 2011, a relaxation of vehicle import rules has resulted in an extra 300,000 vehicles on the country's roads. The influx of cars and trucks, mainly second-hand vehicles from Japan, has created congestion on Yangon's streets and challenges for traffic management. Mizzima Business Weekly’s Hans Hulst spoke to Police Lieutenant-Colonel Lin Htut, who as Superintendent of the No 2 Traffic Police Force unit is responsible for road rule enforcement in Yangon, about a rise in road accidents, driver education and the challenges facing traffic police in Myanmar's biggest city.