U Aung Kyi
Former Information Minister
Former Minister of Information U Aung Kyi was allowed to resign in late July, along with then Health Minister, Dr Pe Thet Khin. The shake-up followed a major cabinet reshuffle a month earlier and sparked speculation about differences between U Aung Kyi and President U Thein Sein over media policies. Before heading the Ministry of Information, U Aung Kyi was Minister of Labour and he also served as the military government’s
official liaison with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi when she was under house arrest.
Rehan Khan, general manager Coca-Cola Myanmar
Coca-Cola was one of the first American companies to invest in Myanmar after US sanctions were relaxed in 2012. The production and marketing of its well-known softdrink started in June 2013 and led to the global market leader sliding into pole position in Myanmar as well. Mizzima’s Hans Hulst spoke with Coca-Cola Myanmar general manager Rehan Khan about the challenges of producing and marketing fizzy drinks in a frontier market.
Carter Roberts, president World Wildlife Fund US
The Myanmar office of global conservation organisation WWF was officially opened in Yangon on November 1. Carter Roberts, the president and chief executive officer of WWF US, travelled to Myanmar for the event and during his visit met President U Thein Sein and addressed students at Yangon University. Mizzima's Oliver Slow spoke to Mr Roberts about WWF’s vision for Myanmar.
Petter Furberg, chief executive officer, Telenor Myanmar
Norwegian-owned telecoms company Telenor has been celebrating the launch of its mobile phone service in Yangon, after it launched services in Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw. Telenor is rolling out a 3G and 2G network and Qatar-owned Ooredoo, which launched its service in Yangon in August, is providing a 3G network. The arrival of both companies in the market ended a monopoly held by state-owned Myanmar Post and Telecommunications. Mizzima’s Yola Berbruggen spoke exclusively to Telenor Myanmar chief executive officer Petter Furberg after the Yangon launch.
Tea leaf entrepreneur stays true to his roots
After a life journey involving experiences shared by thousands of his compatriots, including activism, resistance, violence, hardship and exile, Sai Lu Kyaw is rebuilding a bond with his motherland.
Dr Stephen Suen, Chairman Marga Group
The Marga Group, a consortium of companies from Hong Kong, South Korea and Britain, announced its maiden project, Dagon City 1, earlier this year. The US$280 million mixed-use development in central Yangon, the first of a number of potential investments in Myanmar by the consortium, is a 70-30 joint-venture agreement with a Myanmar company, Thu Kha Yadanar. Marga Group chairman Dr Stephen Suen, a Buddhist scholar and a founding member of Australia’s Macquarie Bank, recently sat down with Mizzima’s Oliver Slow to discuss the Dagon City 1 project.