New Investment Law Hailed as ‘Essential’ to Development

Business leaders have welcomed the approval of a new investment law that they hope will cut red tape and bring an end to concerns that foreign and local businesses are being treated differently. The Upper House approved the Myanmar Investment Law without amendments last week, and the legislation is due to come into effect in […]

Aeon brings Japanese sensibilities to Myanmar food shopping

YANGON — Japanese supermarket giant Aeon has become the first foreign retailer to enter Myanmar since the 2011 transition to civilian rule, a development that could herald change in a retail industry still dominated by traditional markets. Aeon signage, a familiar sight to Japanese consumers, made its Myanmar debut Friday in a largely middle-class area along a major […]

Illegal foreign-run businesses in Yangon MPs’ crosshairs

Amid much talk of luring outside investment to Myanmar, Yangon Region lawmakers have indicated that they want to see greater scrutiny of foreign operators of illegal businesses in the commercial capital. Regional MPs yesterday approved a proposal to debate cracking down on these foreign entrepreneurs next week. Parliamentarian U Win Maung (NLD; Hlaing Tharyar 1) submitted the […]

Long shall Yangon’s crap foreign restaurant boom continue

It the beginning of last year, Yangon had around 250 restaurants listed on TripAdvisor. Today the number has more than doubled, yet upwards of 100 of those – largely those offering regional or Western cuisine – have shuttered permanently. Some were too ahead of their time, opening to rave reviews but finding themselves without a […]

Lower house passes Myanmar’s long-awaited Investment Law

The lower house of parliament approved the Myanmar Investment Law yesterday, taking the long-awaited draft a step closer to becoming law. The legislation, which combines into one document the Myanmar Citizens Investment Law and the Foreign Investment Law, now moves to the upper house for consideration. The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) began working on a draft of the law […]

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 […]

MIC discusses nationwide extension of industrial zones

The Myanmar Investment Commission is discussing the nationwide extension of industrial zones with region and state governments and will invite new investors and developers, said Aung Naing Oo, the director-general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration. The MIC has already received proposals from companies in Hong Kong and South Korea for the establishment […]

Transforming Myanmar’s corporate landscape – Aung Naing Oo and Winfried Wicklein

For more than a century Myanmar companies have been regulated by the colonial-era Myanmar Companies Act of 1914. The law shares similarities with company laws from other former British colonies such as Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong – yet while they have updated their laws to reflect the realities of modern businesses, the Myanmar Companies […]

No need to seek approval from MIC for investment except for businesses with environmental impact

Investment businesses are no longer required to seek approval from Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) apart from the businesses needing environmental impact assessments. Those investment businesses can apply for registration at the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) branches in the regions and states concerned. Currently, more DICA branches will be opened in Kayin State, […]

Myanmar Investment Law to be enacted soon, says DICA director

A draft of the long-awaited Myanmar Investment Law has been submitted to parliament and will be passed soon, bringing a more strategic and nuanced approach to tax exemption in addition to simplifying investment, according to U Aung Naing Oo of the Directorate for Investment and Company Administration (DICA). “We have already put the bill to […]