More than 7000 people crossed four border gates between Myanmar and Thailand seven months after reopening, according to 7Day report, citing Tachilek District Immigration and National Registration Department. The gates on Myanmar-Thailand border granted one-month Visa for visitor from each country.
The official one-month stay in Myanmar has been granted under the agreement between the two countries since August 28, 2013.
The border gates in Tachilek in Shan State, Myawady in Kayin State and Hteekhee and Kawthoung in Taninthayi Region saw more than 7000 people from both sides crossing the border. These includes arrival of 1263 Myanmar citizens and departure of 1738 Myanmar citizens.
A total of 1994 foreigners entered Myanmar through the border and 2032 departed through them during the period.
Myanmar is planning six international airports in southernmost and northern corners of the country, according to the local newspaper Messenger report.
The Civil Aviation Directorate said it would upgrade three airports each in the corners to the international airport.
The government agency will tap support of Japanese International Cooperation Agency to upgrade the airports.An official from the directorate predicted the increased incoming number of tourists as the country develops gradually. Myitkyina, Putao and Bhamo airports in the northernmost part of Myanmar and Myeik, Kawthoung and Dawei airports will become international airports in the future, according to the report.
Myanmar currently has three international airports in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw.
The Japanese Foreign Minister has announced that it has issued multiple-entry visas for Myanmar citizens to increase Myanmr visitors to Japan, according to the Bangkok Post report.
The visa coming to effect on Wednesday will have three-year term for 15-day stay in Japan in each visit.
The new development was part of the most active development partner of Myanmar to lure more visitors from Myanmar and promote bilateral relations.
It marked the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two nations as well.
Myanmar president Thein Sein met the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo in December, where the Japanese premier promised new loans for development of special economic zone and for other infrastructural development projects.
The two governments also inked a pact to increase the Japanese investment in Myanmar.
Myanmar Ministry of Labour is planning to appoint labour attaches in Singapore and Kuwait to protect rights of Myanmar migrant workers there, according to Yangon Media Group report.
Labour minister Aye Myint said at the International Day of Migrant Workers in Nay Pyi Taw on December 18 that the country would appoint labour attaches at the Myanmar embassies in Singapore and Kuwait.
“Myanmar is going to appoint labour attaches in Thailand, Malaysia and South Korea as well as in Singapore and Kuwait to protect the rights of Myanmar workers,” the minister said at the ceremony held at Myanmar International Convention Centre.
The ceremony was attended by top government officials including vice president Sai Mauk Kham and government ministers. A total of 175 labour oversea employment agencies are supplying Myanmar workers to foreign labour markets.
Myanmar is planning the visa exemption deal with Japan as it seeks more no-visa travel with Asian countries after reaching a series of no-visa deal with ASEAN countries, the Yangon Times reported, citing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The two countries have been negotiating on the plan to allow citizens of respective country holding ordinary passports to travel to each other country without visa.
“We are about to sign a (visa exemption) deal with Japan,” according to an unnamed official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Myanmar has already signed a series of visa exemption deals with Cambodian, Laos, Vietnam and the Philippines, according to the press releases by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Currently, the Japanese people have interest in Myanmar. They also believe it’s a new beat for businesses,” said a small-and-medium scaled entrepreneur Aung Hein.
“The bilateral visa exemption would increase the investments,” he continued to say.
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