The 4th quarter 2022 snapshot of Myanmar’s news headlines, focusing on technology and startups – where possible – and gathered across October, November and December of 2022.
For obvious reasons – namely the military coup and subsequent ongoing human rights violations – the tech scene in Myanmar is broadly unable to function, and so we haven’t divided this quarterly snapshot into monthly collections.
- Myanmar’s government-in-exile raises $100M to topple military junta, with sights on initial coin offering and cryptocurrency at the centre of finance plan
- Myanmar coup, surveillance & e-payments: “…authorities instructed electronic payment companies to verify user identities and keep records. Certain services now require ID for every transaction.”
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- “…the 55-year-old Association of Southeast Asian Nations is facing an existential crisis, owing to severe internal splits over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Myanmar’s military coup and other issues.”
- Startup Bangladesh VC firm partners Eastern Bank and Visa to launched special startup-focused loan product, Startup Explorer
- Myanmar Digital Coup Quarterly, produced by Myanmar Internet Project, provides a summary of digital oppression issues faced by the country’s citizens in May, June and July of 2022
- Financial Action Task Force, an international money laundering and terrorism finance watchdog, blacklists Myanmar, instructs members to raise due diligence on business relations and transactions in the country
For a look at issues, developments and risks in Asia, technology and beyond in a larger context, you should read the less-regular but thought-provoking Need To Know Now newsletter.