UK aid program seeks to make it easier to do business in Myanmar

The United Kingdom’s development arm announced a £25 million (US$32.5 million) aid program yesterday geared toward making it easier to do business in Myanmar and boosting growth in key sectors of the economy, like agriculture and garment manufacturing. The UK and Australia are currently working with the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration and the […]

US$ 258 million in Japanese investments made into Thilawa Special Economic Zone

JAPANESE companies have invested over US$ 258 million in 25 enterprises operating out of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone beginning from November of the 2014-201 FY to July 2016, according to Directorate of Investment and Company Administration. The total invested amount in the Thilawa (SEZ) is currently US$830 million from 14 foreign countries. Singapore tops […]

A New Law to Bring Major Reforms to Myanmar Corporate Sector

Myanmar is undergoing significant economic liberalization and reforms designed to promote economic growth and investment. Now is also the time to undertake the legal reforms required to support economic liberalization – reforms in regulation of companies that have occurred in many neighboring countries in our region undergoing significant economic growth. These reforms in company law […]

Laos to share hydropower development expertise with Myanmar

VIENTIANE, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) — A hydro-electric-powered energy revolution has been afoot in South-East Asia over recent years with the movement of fresh and fast-flowing waters increasingly fueling the consumption of larger amounts of energy resources to spur socio-economic development, poverty reduction and improvements in both urban and rural areas. The region’s most diminutive nation […]

Myanmar’s golden pearls outshine rivals

NAYPYITAW — Hillary Clinton wears them, and so does Aung San Suu Kyi. They nearly disappeared for decades under military rule, but the world’s most sought-after pearls are once again to be found in Myanmar. Two international auctions this year — in Hong Kong in March and Naypyitaw in late June — saw traders bid […]

The Key to Jumpstarting Myanmar’s Economy: Electricity

It’s no secret that the National League for Democracy (NLD) faces myriad challenges in improving Myanmar’s socioeconomic situation. In fact, its biggest challenge might be deciding which issues to address first. Led by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the NLD has made the peace process, which is aimed at ending decades of strife between the […]

Myanmar consumers trust quality of Thai products, survey finds

SANTIPHONG Pimolsaengsuriya, chief executive officer of Havas Riverorchid, a marketing communication specialist in the CLMV markets (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam), said Myanmar’s potential was clear from a survey the group did in May. It involved 504 respondents in Myanmar, who rated their trust in products made locally and from major exporters including Thailand, Singapore, […]

Mango growers need agricultural certificate to enter international market

MANGO growers need to obtain agricultural certificate to help prove the quality of their products to enter the international market, local farmers say. The country has received a greater interest from Japan, Korea, Australia and the U.S, said Ma Zin Mar Than of Myanmar Fruits, Flower, Vegetable Producer and Exporter Association. Exporters say, nearly 10,000 […]

From Dubai to Yangon, signs of Chinese wealth are everywhere

Seeking relief from a depreciating yuan, Chinese outbound investors have been on a roll lately, proposing jaw-dropping acquisitions in the commercial real estate sector in recent months from Dubai to Yangon and every investment haven in between. The speeds of capital deployment from the Middle Kingdom has been met with suspicion both at home and abroad. Determined […]

Organic Farming Vs Commercial Farming in Myanmar

Myanmar needs to rethink its agricultural strategy if it wants to be a successful agricultural export nation. Past farming policy also needs to be reviewed in light of today’s challenges and tomorrow’s possibilities. In our study on organic farming in Myanmar we interviewed companies that market organic rice, organic medicine, organic fruits and organic vegetables. […]