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Snitches Get Riches: Gov’t Offers Awards for People Who Inform on ‘Contraband’ Sellers
Source : Myanmar Business Today View Count : 3724
Jun 12, 2017

Yangon authorities will increase re­wards for people who inform on shopping malls and other retailers selling “contraband”, first vice president U Myint Swe has said.
        “Contraband trade is taking 65 percent off of total trade volume,” he told a meeting of local businesses last week at the offices of UMFCCI, Myanmar’s chamber of commerce.
        “We will take action very directly if we find any evidence of corrup­tion or smuggling. We have increased the value of awards for informers since 2015.”
        U Kyaw Win, the Min­ister for Planning and Fi­nance said that shopping malls and convenience stores, including whole­salers, and retailers will be warned first but will then face action if they keep selling contraband.
        “The government is at­tempting to eliminate contraband and smug­gling but it will take long time to wipe it out if the retailers and wholesalers keep selling it,” U Kyaw Win, said.
        Importing contraband into Myanmar impacts on local SMEs and local products in terms of price competitiveness because of unpaid taxes by contra­band importers and sell­ers, U Kyaw Win added.
        Previously, when some­one informed on a con­traband seller, 80 percent of the value of the seized goods went to the state budget, 10 percent to an anti-smuggling team and 10 percent to the inform­er. But now the allocation is 50 percent for the state budget, 20 percent for in­formers and 30 percent for the anti-smuggling team, U Myint Swe said.

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