Apple’s first authorized store to be launched in Yangon





Apple’s first authorized reseller in Myanmar, ‘mDrive’ will this month open an Apple store on the first floor of Junction Mawtin Shopping Centre in Yangon, according to mDrive owner Myat Htoo.

Until now, Apple products have entered the country through the grey market, especially from Singapore and Thailand.

Apple sells its products worldwide through Apple Official Stores, Apple Authorized Resellers (AAR), and Apple Premium Resellers (APR).  Apple Official Stores are open in Tokyo, Beijing and Hong Kong in Asia. However, in Southeast Asia Apple usually appoints AAR and APR to reach its customers.

Apple has started with AAR to tap the Myanmar market. In the first Apple-authorized store by mDrive, Apple products except for iPhones and iPads will be available at the launch.

“Macs and iPhones are two separate brands in Apple. After the iPhone team completes its market analysis [for Myanmar], the iPhone and iPad will be offered,” Myat Htoo said.

The store will be designed and decorated according to Apple standards, he added. It will also sell iTune Gift Cards and offer free training to customers on how to make best use of Apple products.

First draft for nationwide ceasefire ready for perusal

FRIDAY, 13 SEPTEMBER 2013 13:22 S.H.A.N.

The joint Karen-Shan technical team and the government established Myanmar Peace Center (MPC) completed the first draft of the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord during a 2-day meeting which ended yesterday, 12 September, according to Sao Yawd Serk, leader of the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA).

The team is expected to return to the border today.

Though the details of the draft are yet to be made public, he said it included:

  • The revised 14 points proposed by the Working Group for Ethnic Coordination (WGEC) and
  • The reaffirmation of the 14 state/region level and 19 union level agreements signed since 2011 with 14 armed groups

It is expected to do the rounds among the armed movements as well as the all powerful National Defense and Security Council (NDSC), which is dominated by the Burmese military, for review before the two sides meet again to prepare a second draft.


“I already have a lot of things to say, though I haven’t seen the draft,” said Yawdserk. He did not elaborate.

According to the time table proposed by the MPC on 24 August:

  • October 2013: Signing of Nationwide Ceasefire Accord
  • November 2013-March 2014: Negotiations on Framework for Political Dialogue (“during which the COC will also be negotiated,” according to the MPC)
  • April 2014-March 2015: Union Conference

The Nationwide Ceasefire Accord should also have 5 signatories on the government side, instead of 4 as proposed by the WGEC: Not only the President, Upper House Speaker, Lower House Speaker, and the Commander-in-Chief but also the Attorney General.

Among the witnesses, the MPC proposed, there should be national leaders such as Aung San Suu Kyi, Hkun Htun Oo and those from groups such as 8888 Generation Students. Among the world leaders, UN chief Ban Ki-Moon has already assured he would be at the signing ceremony.

Naypyitaw has signed ceasefire with 14 movements:

Date Name of movement Note
1 6 September 2011 United Wa State Army Non
2 7 September 2011 National Democratic Alliance Army Non
3 3 November 2011 Democratic Karen Buddhist Army Non
4 2 December 2011 Restoration Council of Shan State Non
5 6 January 2012 Chin National Front UNFC
6 12 January 2012 Karen National Union UNFC
7 28 January 2012 Shan State Progress Party UNFC
8 7 February 2012 Karen Peace Council Non
9 25 February 2012 New Mon State Party UNFC
10 7 March 2012 Karenni National Progressive Party UNFC
11 5 April 2012 Arakan Liberation Party Non
12 9 April 2012 National Socialist Council of Nagaland Non
13 25 October 2012 PaO National Liberation Organization UNFC
14 5 August 2013 All Burma Students Democratic Front Non


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U YE HTUT : The government has not used state funds to open accounts in foreign banks-STATEMENT WORLDBANK



YANGON, September 12, 2013 –

The World Bank released the following statement on recent Myanmar media reports concerning the settling of arrears earlier this year by the Government of Myanmar with the World Bank:

“Mr. Jelson Garcia works for Bank Information Center, a non-government organization. He does not represent the World Bank or speak on behalf of the World Bank.

The Government of Myanmar made a strategic decision to clear its arrears to the World Bank and gain access to long term interest free financing to support reforms for the benefit of the people of Myanmar. This was a prudent decision at a moment of potential macroeconomic stress and sent a positive signal to the global community. It is common practice for Governments to hold reserves in foreign bank accounts in order to facilitate importation of goods and services and management of the exchange rate.”—–


Jelson Garcia, who has accused Myanmar of possessing US$11 billion in five foreign bank accounts, does not speak for the World Bank, according to a statement released by the World Bank.

Garcia is a manager of the Asia Program for the Bank Information Centre (BIC). Before working at BIC, he was involved with the Office of the Philippine President’s Program for Unification and Development. He was most recently employed with the Humanitarian Competency Program of World Vision-Asia Pacific’s  Disaster Management Office. The BIC is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization that advocates for the protection of rights, participation, transparency, and public accountability in the governance and operations of the World Bank Group and regional development banks, according to BIC’s official website.

Ye Htut, spokesman for President Thein Sein, issued the following statement on his Facebook page on Thursday evening: “The government has not used state funds to open accounts in foreign banks. If they have enough evidence to prove it, the government will be ready to take action.”

He stated only that the government does not possess US$11 billion in foreign bank accounts. But whether or not someone has possessed these funds is not stated. His statement neither confirmed nor denied that the money is in foreign bank accounts.

If the accounts are revealed to be privately owned, some observers say, the public will demand that the funds be returned to the state and its people.

The World Bank has not dismissed the allegation that Myanmar possesses US$11 billion. It has said only that Jelson Garcia works for the BIC and does not represent the World Bank or speak on its behalf.

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