Myanmar Government’s Heavy industries losing money

The Ministry of Industry will go on manufacturing despite the fact that the Ministry’s heavy industries are losing money, the Permanent Secretary said at a press conference on 19 May. “When there are fewer profitable industries, trade loss increases,” said U Thwin Myint Maung, Director General and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry. “Factories are manufacturing […]

The aviation sector takes off

Myanmar’s civil aviation sector is on the brink of explosive growth with the number of seats and carriers rising and infrastructure being upgraded. Myanmar is the most under-served aviation market in Southeast Asia. The numbers speak for themselves. Only Brunei and Laos have fewer airline seats per capita. Myanmar has a population of 52 million, […]

Foreign hotels to be completed by mid-year

Foreign hotel projects currently under construction will be inaugurated by mid year according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. Most of the projects, including international hotel chains, are located in Yangon, according to Director General Aung Zaw Win. “Novotel Hotel will be opened in the mid year. Others such as Center Point and Shangrila […]

Kanbawza Bank pays Ks 22 billion in advance tax

Kanbawza Bank Ltd, the largest private bank in Myanmar, has paid Ks 22 billion (US $ 22 million) in advance tax for the fiscal year 2014-15, according to its chairperson Aung Ko Win. The bank topped the list of income-tax paying companies in 2012-13 after paying Ks 10 billion (US$ 10 million) for income tax […]

Offshore block winners announced

The Ministry of Energy today announced the winners of the highly anticipated tender to explore gas and oil in 20 offshore blocks, a list that includes several global firms including Royal Dutch Shell, US-based ConocoPhillips and France’s Total. Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) invited tenders for 30 offshore blocks in April, attracting interest from […]

Myanmar to Seek Development Assistance for Airport Project

YANGON — The Myanmar government has agreed to seek a concessional loan worth as much as US$750 million to go toward the cost of a new airport to serve Yangon, officials said Monday. The government in August selected a consortium led by South Korea’s Incheon International Airport Corporation as the preferred bidder to develop the […]

Jewellers demand new gems law

Local jewellers are calling for the government to privatise their multibillion dollar a year industry and allow for individual traders to export rare commodities directly under a more favourable tariff scheme. Jewellers said that a limitation on exports of raw and polished precious stones to sales at government-run emporiums and selected markets was strangling the […]

MAI to start its first flight to UAE in 2015

Myanmar Airways International (MAI) will fly its first flight to United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2015, sources from MAI say. “We have no arrangements to fly to UAE during this year. MAI is arranging the flights to UAE in 2015 to get market shares from Europe,” MAI’s marketing and public relations manager Aye Maya Thar […]