With return of Big Tobacco to Myanmar, smoking rates on the rise

Since the return of Big Tobacco to Myanmar en masse in 2013, smoking rates have increased markedly. Tobacco control experts warn that the firms’ sophisticated strategies are likely to push more people into the clutches of addiction From the backseat of a traffic-stranded cab attempting to travel from Yangon’s airport to a city hotel, Myanmar’s burgeoning love affair with […]

Yangon’s struggling industrial zones need support: interview

Yangon’s industrial zones have been left largely to fend for themselves while the government focuses instead on trophy projects such as a new special economic zone at Thilawa, says U Myat Thin Aung, chair of Hlaing Tharyar industrial zone. Almost all the infrastructure that keeps factories functioning, including electricity, roads and sewers, is provided by […]

Bates Returns to Myanmar to Handle Ooredoo Business

Hong Kong-based ad agency Bates CHI & Partners has announced the appointment of Milla Chaplin as Strategic Account Director in Myanmar to focus on its Ooredoo business. Chaplin, a former WPP fellow, will be responsible for strategic planning and senior account management, with a focus on research and insights, Bates, which is part of British […]

MIC allows over 100 foreign investment businesses this year

Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has granted permission for more than 100 foreign investment businesses in this year, including beer and cigarette makers. For the period of January to December 19, MIC said it granted permission for 118 foreign investment businesses and joint ventures to operate in the country. Some of them included international big names […]

Tobacco brands slip into Myanmar without fanfare

As some of the world’s biggest companies trumpet their arrival in Asia’s hottest frontier market, the tobacco industry has a different strategy: It’s slipping into Myanmar without fanfare. The impoverished nation of 60 million people emerged from a half-century of isolation and brutal military rule two years ago. With most international sanctions against the country […]