Myanmar (Burma)

3:17pm

Tue May 28, 2013
Planet Money

In A Single ATM, The Story Of A Nation's Economy

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 2:35 pm

A bank in Yangon recently opened the first ATM in Myanmar that's connected to the rest of the world.
Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

Nan Htwe Nye works at an elementary school in Yangon, Myanmar. She started trying to use ATM machines a few months ago, and things haven't been going so well.

The machines are often broken, she says. "But," she adds, "we hope it will better in the future." This is, more or less, the story of ATMs — and of banking in general — in Myanmar.

She's visiting the headquarters of CB Bank, at the first ATM in the country that was connected to banks all around the world.

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1:15am

Fri May 24, 2013
Planet Money

Can This Man Bring Silicon Valley To Yangon?

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 7:29 am

Lam Thuy Vo NPR

Like a proud father, Nay Aung opens up his MacBook Air to show me the Myanmar travel website he has built. But we wait 30 seconds for the site to load, and nothing happens.

"Today is a particularly bad day for Internet," he says. This is life in Myanmar today: Even an Internet entrepreneur can't always get online.

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1:12am

Fri May 10, 2013
Planet Money

Why (Almost) No One In Myanmar Wanted My Money

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 5:50 pm

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

When you arrive in Myanmar, you can see how eager the people are to do business. At the airport in Yangon, new signs in English welcome tourists. A guy in a booth offers to rent me a local cellphone — and he's glad to take U.S. dollars. But when I pull out my money, he shakes his head.

"I'm sorry," he says.

He points to the crease mark in the middle of the $20 bill. No creases allowed.

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2:37pm

Wed April 24, 2013
World

As Myanmar Reforms, Old Tensions Rise To The Surface

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 2:57 pm

A Myanmarese girl carries away a tin roof in Meiktila, Myanmar. Violence between Buddhists and Muslims in March destroyed large areas of the town and left thousands of Muslims homeless.
Paula Bronstein Getty Images

The town of Meiktila in central Myanmar presents a tranquil scene on a hot April day: A woman presses juice from sugar cane while customers loll around in the midday heat. The town is right in the center of the country, on a broad and arid plain where white cows graze among palm trees and pointy pagodas. It's a bustling trading post on the road between the capital, Naypyidaw, and the country's second-largest city, Mandalay.

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9:29am

Wed March 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Myanmar's Top General Promises Continued Role For Military

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 11:04 am

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (right) speaks with Maj. Gen. Zaw Win, deputy minister for border affairs, during a ceremony Wednesday marking Myanmar's 68th Armed Forces Day.
AFP/Getty Images

Myanmar's top military commander says the armed forces, which ruled the country (also known as Burma) for nearly five decades, will continue to play a "leading role" as it transitions to democracy.

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