ASEAN’s snub to Myanmar Junta a sign of change

ASEAN has decided not to invite a political representative of Myanmar’s military regime to its annual summit, instead promising to give the seat to a ‘non-political representative’. Former ambassador Nicholas Coppel writes that this modest break with ASEAN’s tradition of non-interference is unlikely to bring about change, but it can help. Please click the link for full article. 

Nicholas Coppel | Saturday

Nicholas Coppel, Adjunct Asso Prof at Monash Uni and Australia’s former Ambassador to Myanmar from 2015-18 discusses the coup and how Covid is compounding issues.

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 16:30 — 11.3MB)



IPU leadership meets with Myanmar parliamentarians

IPU President, Mr. Duarte Pacheco and IPU Secretary General, Mr. Martin Chungong met today a group of Myanmar parliamentarians elected in the general election of November 2020 but prevented from taking their seats in the new parliament following the military coup on 1 February 2021.

The parliamentarians are part of the newly formed 17-member Committee to Represent the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Union Assembly (CRPH). The CRPH represents some 400 parliamentarians elected in the November elections. Its objective is to carry out parliamentary functions despite the coup, and in circumstances where the parliamentarians are under close watch by the military and police. 

Please click here for full article.

 May 2021 – Message from the MRCB Director

This is the first Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) e-newsletter since the military took over on 1 February. Rather than the usual format, this message to MCRB stakeholders takes a wider look at responsible business in the current political crisis, and what this means for MCRB’s future activities.
Please click here for full message.

Myanmar – yesterday, today and a new tomorrow

Following the death of scores of pro-democracy protestors in Myanmar over the weekend, the future of this blighted country looks bleak. But former ambassador Chris Lamb argues the lessons of history and the changes in Myanmar society show the junta can’t win in the long run.

By Chris Lamb, Former Australian Ambassador to Myanmar

Please click here for full article.

Melbourne Asia Review

Is the Military Coup in Myanmar the death knell of democracy and federalism?

When the Myanmar military (Tatmadaw) drove into the capital Naypyidaw in the early hours of 1 February 2021 to seize power, many were taken by surprise. The military had made lightly-veiled threats to this effect, but many within and beyond the country remained hopeful that they would not be carried through. 

The coup has major potential consequences for a country that was struggling to emerge from decades of military oppression and conflict. It could crush further progress towards democracy and federalism, and lead to increased violence in ethnic States.

Written by Dr Michael Breen and Dr Anne Decobert

Please click here for full article.


Myanmar vs. Its Generals

Protesters hold up signs against the military coup in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on Feb. 18. Myint-U on the future of the protests, what Beijing wants, and what Washington can do to help.


On Feb. 1, Myanmar’s military staged a coup, overturning the results of the November 2020 elections and throwing the country’s top civilian leaders in jail on spurious charges. Since then, protests and government violence have escalated. To get a sense of what lies ahead, the dynamics driving the conflict, and what outsiders can do to defend Myanmar’s democracy, on Wednesday Foreign Policy’s Jonathan Tepperman interviewed Thant Myint-U—historian, former United Nations peacekeeper, former member of Myanmar’s National Economic and Social Advisory Council, and author, most recently, of The Hidden History of Burma—by email. Their conversation has been edited for length and clarity. Please click here for full article. 

May be an image of text We call on security forces to refrain from violence against demonstrators and civilians, who are protesting the overthrow of their legitimate government.
We unequivocally condemn the detention and ongoing arrests of political leaders, civil society activists, and civil servants, as well as the harassment of journalists.
We also denounce the military’s interruption of communications, as well as the restriction of the Myanmar people’s fundamental rights and basic legal protections.
We support the people of Myanmar in their quest for democracy, freedom, peace, and prosperity. The world is watching.
Signed by the Ambassadors to Myanmar from Australia; Canada; the Delegation of the EU and European Union Member States with presence in Myanmar: Denmark, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden; Norway; the United Kingdom; and the United States.
Credit: Australian Embassy in Myanmar Facebook page.

Joint statement on the election

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January 29, 2021

We affirm our support for Myanmar’s democratic transition and efforts to promote peace, human rights, and development in the country. We look forward to the peaceful convening of the Parliament on Feburary 1 and the election of the President and speakers. Once again, we congratulate the people of Myanmar on their historic participation in the country’s recent general election. We urge the military, and all other parties in the country to adhere to democratic norms, and we oppose any attempt to alter the outcome of the elections or impede Myanmar’s democratic transition. We support all those who work toward greater democratic freedoms, lasting peace, and inclusive prosperity for the people of Myanmar. 

Credit: U S Embassy,Rangoon

Burmese courses at ANU

Australian National University will offer Burmese 1 and Burmese 3 courses online for Semester 1, 2021. 
  • Burmese language studies for a Minor Degree at ANU are now much easier to access.
  • In 2021 this two-year Online course will be linked to Open Universities Australia (OUA).
  • OUA’s fees are very reasonable for those who wish to just learn the language.  
  • This course is also suitable for Myanmar heritage students who have grown up speaking English.

Please click the link for more details.


Myanmar Update 2021: Living with the pandemic

Call for papers

Proposals are due by Monday January 18 2021. The conference is scheduled for 15-17 July 2021 and will be held at the Australian National University in Canberra and streamed online at the University of Yangon.

Please click here for more details.

AMI Annual General Meeting November 2020

The 2020 Annual General Meeting was held via Zoom with 22 members and associate members on 19th November commencing at 5:30PM.

The meeting was opened by May Kyel Winn, the Executive Administrator and handed over to Christopher Lamb, President and Acting Director of AMI.

It closed at 6:15 PM and the Minutes of the Meeting are below:

AGM meeting minutes

President and Action Director’s report

Treasurer’s report


12 November 2020

Myanmar’s peaceful election was an important milestone in the country’s democratic transition.

Australia will continue to support Myanmar’s progress towards full democracy and encourages the incoming Government of Myanmar to ensure Rohingya people and other ethnic minorities can participate fully in democratic processes. We hope that open and inclusive by-elections will be held at the earliest opportunity in areas where voting was cancelled.

Our support through the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) assisted the preparation and conduct of the election, including supporting COVID-safe polling. Australia worked closely with civil society partners on inclusiveness and voter education focussed on women, youth, people with disabilities, LBGTQI communities and diverse ethnic and religious communities.

Australia is committed to our partnership with Myanmar in the pursuit of economic and social development and equal rights for all.

by Senator the Hon Maris Payne

Myanmar Elections – a comment from former Australian Ambassador


Early results indicate another massive victory for Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party in Myanmar’s 8 November general election. Ninety-one political parties fielded candidates, but the elections were again essentially a first-past-the-post contest between the NLD, identifying with democracy and a change from military rule, and the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), identifying with stability and security. Women constituted only 16% of the candidates. Unlike 2015, when the NLD didn’t field a single Muslim candidate, this year it fielded two

By Nicholas Coppel

Please click the link for full article.


Myanmar Leadership Initiative

MLI is very pleased with the opportunity it had to say something about its work in our October seminar, the recording of which can be seen at  Anyone wanting to know more about AMI can get up-to-date information from the attached files and then get onto the MLI mailing list by writing to Gillian Donoghue, Development Officer at the Myanmar Jesuit Mission in Yangon at

Please click the link to read about Myanmar Journal of Leadership Management.Please click here to read MJM updates.



AustCham Myanmar: Upcoming Webinar

On Thursday 5 November, International Chambers of Commerce in Myanmar are joining together to discuss the impact of COVID-19 and the current business and economic situation. They will also discuss the steps being taken by the Myanmar Government to support economic stability and recovery and avenues for further investment into Myanmar.
Our Chambers are delighted to be joined by Hans Beck, Country Economist for the World Bank in Myanmar, who will detail the economic perspective for Myanmar.
Event Details
Date: Thursday 5 November 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (Myanmar time)
Venue: ZOOM
RSVP: Please the link to register
This event is open to members only.
Please register by no later than 4 November 2020.

Myanmar Speaker Series

The three very interesting webinars in this list are hosted by the Knowledge for Democracy initiative. Please note that the starting time for each webinar is shown as Canadian Eastern Daylight time and the Australian Eastern Summer Time for each webinar is 0100 the next day. If you would rather see the webinar as a recording you just need to register for each webinar that you want and the K4DM team will send you a 30 minute recording. It’s free.
Please click here for more information.


A study led by the United Nations Development Programme Bangkok Regional Hub as part of and in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Issue-Based Coalition for Building Resilience.

Please click here to download or read the whole report.


Myanmar’s statement in the General Debate at UNGA was delivered on 29 September by HE U Kyaw Tint Swe, Union Minister for the Ministry of the Office of the State Counsellor.
Please click the link to read the full debate of HE U Kyaw Tint Swe.  




Tharthi Myay Foundation (TMF) is seeking a new Executive Director.  TMF is a registered local NGO that supports dozens of local civil society initiatives with small grants, capacity building, gatherings and other means of support. We’re looking for someone with leadership experience (although it does not have to be specifically as an ED); someone who values and has vision for supporting grassroots human rights and social justice movements; and someone who is looking to lead a passionate and hardworking team and help us bring our 3-year old organization into its next phase of development.

Please see the vacancy announcement by clicking here and share with your networks.  We’d really appreciate your help in spreading the word!


2020 has taken so many legends of Burma

Sayagyi John Okell

John William Alan Okell

Written by Dr Mar – Oxford  on 04.08.2020

Please click here to read about John Okell.


MCRB Business Integrity Handbook Launch

Congratulations to the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business for this excellent initiative

Please click the link for more details. 




Report: How has Myanmar responded to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Patrick Cooke, Asia Regional EditorA very interesting report on Covid-19 response in Myanmar, done in cooperation with AMI’s sponsor friends at Okkar Thiri. The report is written by Patrick Cooke, Asia Regional Editor.

28 Jul 2020

Please click the link for report.




The Rule of Law Integrated Knowledge Approach programme (RIKA) being run by FBA and Justice Base is open for nominations for CSO participants from Mon, Bago, Tanintharyi and Kayin. Please see attached document for details of the programme and how to apply in English and Myanmar Language.

Please click the link for more details. 


Myanmar’s COVID-19 Economic Relief Plan

In order to overcome the immediate negative impact of COVID-19, the Ministry of Planning, Finance and Industry has issued a comprehensive economic stimulus plan namely “Overcoming as One: COVID-19 Economic Relief Plan-CERP” having 7 Goals, 10 Strategies, 36 Action Plans and 76 Actions, covering a broad range of extraordinary fiscal and monetary measures, combined with a set of human-focused and common-sense policy responses.

Please see the details by clicking the link.

Coronavirus questions answered

An important interview answering coronavirus (COVID-19) questions was published by The New Daily in four parts from 19-22 March.  The interview was with AMI Board member Prof Paul Komesaroff.  We are publishing the fourth part here because it is equally relevant for Myanmar people.  Please click the link for full answer.





Youth voice in Myanmar – how best to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Perspectives after the AMI conference in Myanmar

The impact of the corona virus COVID-19 means that Australia Myanmar Institute cannot hold the 30 March monthly seminar at RMIT University as proposed.  We are looking at holding it as a Web event instead, using either zoom or skype as the vehicle, and will be in touch with everyone as soon as possible with a new e-invite.
The time will be the same at 6:00 pm on 30th March.
Thanks so much and we all very much appreciate your understanding.
AMI team


Call for paper for the AIT-YUE May conference

Call for paper

Towards a sustainable future in Myanmar

Conference at the Yangon University of Economics

30 May 2020

Language: English



Organized by

Association of Development Studies, Myanmar

Yangon University of Economics

Socio-Economic and Gender Resource Institute (SEGRI)

Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)

Supported by

International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada In commemoration of the 100th year anniversary of Yangon University of Economics

Participation: Free of charge Lunch will be served (only for those who registered beforehand)


Australian National University



The University’sBurmese courses equip students with a solid foundational knowledge of the Burmese language and an awareness of Myanmar’s culture and history. Students will gain knowledge of colloquial style Burmese language skills essential to everyday life at home and in the workplace. Students will also learn the basics of literary Burmese, which will give them a solid in reading skills to approach a wider range of authentic Burmese publications, as well as develop their conversational ability.

From 2020, Burmese 1 and 2 will be taught through Open University Australia only. Burmese 3 and 4 will still be offered through ANU online.


T 02 6125 3207



Course Convenor

Dr Yuri Takahashi



DATE OPEN: 18 SEP 2019
DEADLINE: 13 NOV 2019 – 11:30AM PST
Innovations for Improving the Impact of Health Campaigns (Round 24)
Please click here for more details. 


Disaster Risk Management Delegate

Grade to be confirmed

Date of issue:05-09-2019

Closing date (Geneva time zone):18-09-2019

Duty station:Yangon, MyanmarCountry:MYANMAR

Duty station status: Family Duty Station

Accompanied status: Accompanied

Duration:12 months

Category of Staff: Staff on Loan

Grade: To be determined Vacancy No:IFRC03309

Please click the link for more details. 


La Trobe University is currently looking for Asian Australians between the ages of 18-35, and who have at least one parent who was born overseas to participate in our short study!

The experiment is run by a 4th year psychology honours student (Alessandra Galea) and aims to investigate how Asian Australians manage their cultural identities, especially in their relationship with their parents. This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics committee (; application ID: HEC19159).

You will be asked to fill an anonymous online survey which will take no more than 15 minutes of your time. Complete the study and enter the draw to WIN 1 of 12 gift cards worth $50!

Click the following link to complete the study:

View the attached document for further information.

Event Invitation| Yangon| Meet the new AustCham Myanmar CEO and Networking Evening

AustCham Myanmar cordially invites you to a networking evening on Thursday 29 August at the Australian Embassy Staff Complex. This will be a great opportunity to meet with the new CEO of AustCham Myanmar and to connect with other business leaders in the Australia-Myanmar business community.

When: Thursday 29 August, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Where: Australian Embassy Staff Complex, 18 Golden Valley Road, Yangon, Myanmar

Entry Fee: 5000 MMK per person, there will be full cash bar available.

Registration is mandatory for security reasons, please register by 28 August,2019.

Myanmar grants visa-on-arrival to 6 more countries to boost tourism

YANGON, June 2 (Xinhua) — Myanmar will grant visa-on-arrival to six more countries beginning Oct. 1 as a relaxation of restriction on entry into the country to boost tourism, according to a statement of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

The six countries are Italy, Spain, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and Australia. Please click here for full article.


Federalism in Myanmar is a very important topical subject and it is good to see that the Institute for Comparative Federalism in Bolzano, northern Italy, is calling for applications for a position of Federal Scholar.  Details are at”  Many thanks to Dr Elisabeth Alber of the Institute for bringing this to our attention because of the relevance of the opportunity to Myanmar.”

Call for Papers for AMI Conference 2020 in Myanmar

Call for Papers
200 – 250 words (in expectation of a 15-20 minutes paper)
15 May 2019
Notification of Acceptance:
30 June 2019
English, or in Burmese with accompanying English translation
Submit: Through the AMI conference website

AMI welcomes the work being done in Myanmar to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March, including through programs on women’s empowerment.  This article from Myanmar Times on 6 March shows the diversity of activities and also notes the involvement of a wide range of groups, including the Australia-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce.


Investment Summit Speech by State Counsellor

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi delivered an important speech on the country’s economic and investment progress on 29 January 2019 at the Investment Summit held in Yangon. The text is an important statement about Myanmar’s need for investments and the challenges which the government as it seeks them.

Please click the link for her speech. 

Photo Credit: Myanmar State Counsellor Office Page


Contemporary Paintings from Myanmar

Curated by Dr Charlotte Galloway & Nicholas Coppel

1-15 March 2019

Australia National University 
ANU School of Art and Design Gallery


AMI is pleased to inform that AustCham Myanmar have moved to a new office location on February 4, 2019.

AustCham Myanmar’s new office address is, Level-11, Vantage Tower – 623 Pyay Road, Kamayut Township, Yangon, Myanmar.

Burmese Weights and other animal-shaped weights

AMI is very pleased that one of its members, Rick Willis, has joined with Greg Herman to publish their book “Burmese weights and other animal-shaped weights”.  It is an exciting contribution  to the understanding of these fascinating and legendary objects and full details of how to obtain it are in this flyer.


Australia National University – ANU Research Centre

Call for applications
Myanmar studies get intensive
A one-day workshop for Early Career Researchers and Higher Degree by Research students 
preceding the 2019 Myanmar Update
Date: Thursday 14 March 2019
Time: 9am-5pm
Venue: Seminar Rooms A & B, Australian Centre on China in the World (Building 188), ANU

Australia’s New Ambassador to Myanmar

AMI welcome today’s announcement of Australia’s new Ambassador to Myanmar, and looks forward to working closely with Ambassador Faulkner.  We have enjoyed a productive and constructive friendship with the Embassy during Nicholas Coppel’s tenure as Ambassador and join the Minister in thanking him for his great contribution to the bilateral relationship.


Myanmar transformed?Probing change and continuity in contemporary Myanmar

Dear MRC subscribers,

We are delighted to share with you our upcoming Yangon launch of the Myanmar Update volume, ‘Myanmar Transformed? People, Places and Politics’(ISEAS, 2018), next Saturday 10th November 5PM at the Goethe Institute in Yangon.



The Yangon launch of the Myanmar Update volume, ‘Myanmar Transformed? People, Places and Politics’ (ISEAS, 2018), will be held on 10 November Saturday, at the Goethe Institute in Yangon.

Venue: Auditorium, Goethe Institute, Yangon

For catering purposes, please RSVP for the book launch via this simple registration form:  click here.

Asia Pacific Policy Society’s Policy Brief

This podcast done for the Asia Pacific Policy Society’s Policy Brief on 28 October on aspects of the Rohingya crisis will be of interest to many of AMI’s members and followers. It is by Trevor Wilson of ANU, Australia’s Ambassador in Yangon from 2000-03 and a member of the advisory panel for the ANU Myanmar Research Centre.

La Trobe Law School/International Legal Studies Research Group seminar

Topic: Deportation of Rohingya People & the International Criminal Court’s Jurisdiction over Myanmar

Presenter: Professor Ridwanul Hoque

Date/Time: Monday 26 November 2018, 1-2pm

Venue: La Trobe University, Bundoora Campus, Social Sciences Building, Level 2, Room SS232 (Moot Court)

Registration and further information:

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi gave an exclusive interview to Japan’s broadcaster NHK on 6 October in which she touches on the Rakhine situation as well as the case of the Reuters journalists.

Come and join this celebration of the 2018 Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellow, Dr Zeremariam Fre, celebrating Dr Fre’s work and the remarkable environmental action globally!
The Fellowship has been awarded in recognition of Dr Fre’s lifetime work supporting pastoral peoples, advocating for their rights to land and care of the natural resources that support them. It will be presented by one of Australia’s leading environmentalists, Tim Flannery, at Melbourne Town Hall on Thursday 4 October at 6 pm.

Gender & Small Ruminant Livelihoods in the Central Dry Zone

The University of Melbourne, in collaboration with Yezin Agricultural University is researching the role of women and their families in small ruminant (primarily goats and sheep) management and marketing with the aim of improving livestock livelihoods in the Central Dry Zone. This is a four year project commencing in 2019, funded by the Australian Council for International Agricultural Research. The research seeks to understand the social and cultural context of small ruminant farming to ensure development benefits are equitably shared and resilience built against risks to farming.



Bago, Myanmar Flooding

ACAPS, the Assessment Capacities Project formed by the Norwegian Refugee Council and Save the Children, published this report on the Bago flooding in August-September 2018. 

Please click here to read ACAPS’s briefing note about Bago flooding.




Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan

Following drafting which involved all relevant government agencies and a period of public consultation the Ministry of Planning and Finance published the Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan (MSDP9 for 2018-30 at the end of August.  It is a comprehensive document which has been welcomed by the United Nations agencies concerned and many other observers.  It will be an important guiding document for AMI’s conferences on SDG implementation and is provided now to assist all our future efforts.

Please click here to read the Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan 2018.



Graduate Diploma in Leadership

The Myanmar Leadership Initiative (MLI), which is sponsored by Cardinal Charles Bo and the Myanmar Jesuits, has advertised a leadership course due to start on 19 October 2018 and run until 6 September 2019.  It will be presented by MLI and the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines.  Successful participants will obtain a Graduate Diploma Full details are in this flyer.
Please click here to see the flyer.



AMI signed MoU with Global Reconciliation

A cooperation Memorandum of Understanding was signed on 29 August 2018 by Global Reconciliation’s Chair Dur-é Dara and AMI’s President Christopher Lamb. Global Reconciliation shares many of AMI’s objectives, particularly in the areas of community engagement, policy development, fundraising, education and research.  The two organisations will also work together to facilitate institutional affiliations with universities, institutes, educational and research bodies and other governmental and non-governmental organisations.  An important institutional point is that Global Reconciliation, as a Public Benefit Institution (PBI) will now be in a position to receive donations on behalf of AMI and issue a tax deductible receipt to Australian donors.  This is a most welcome outcome for AMI, and for GR too, and will consolidate a valuable partnership for the benefit of both organisations. 


Australian National University (ANU) – CALL FOR PAPERS

Myanmar Update 2019: Living with Myanmar

Proposals due by 7 September 2018, with the conference to take place at The Australian National University on 15-16 March 2019

The next Myanmar Update conference will be held on Friday, 15 March and Saturday, 16 March 2019 at The Australian National University, Canberra. Hosted by the ANU Myanmar Research Centre, in the College of Asia and the Pacific, the conference has as its theme ‘Living with Myanmar’. 




Two announcements were issued in Naypyitaw on 31 May, one concerning the establishment of an independent commission of enquiry “to investigate the violation of human rights and related issues following the terrorist attacks by ARSA”.






The Australia Myanmar Institute (AMI) welcomes International Women’s Day and is proud to join with organisations in Australia and Myanmar celebrating this important day and its message of equality.  





Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi reported to the People in Myanmar in Naypyitaw on 12 October 2017.





The United Nations Security Council in recent weeks has placed new focus on Myanmar through discussions about violence in the country’s western Rakhine state, allegations of “ethnic cleansing” and the exodus of hundreds of thousands of refugees into neighboring Bangladesh.






Myanmar State Counsellor has arranged a diplomatic briefing in Naypyitaw on 19 September 2017 as she could not be able to travel to New York to the United Nations General Assembly.






Myanmar State Counsellor Office officially released the Final Report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State on 24 August 2017.







AMI was very happy and excited to see the honour bestowed on Su Htet Zaw of Latrobe University, and associate member of AMI and a speaker at our seminar in August 2017 on education engagement between Myanmar and Australia.





We are pleased to advise that applications for the 2017-2018 Direct Aid Program (DAP) are now open.





As announced on 14 August 2017 current A-MCC members will soon be represented by a new merged organisation following an agreement to create one Australian Chamber of Commerce based in Yangon. The two Australian business chambers previously registered in Myanmar will soon operate using the following brand, name and logo .