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 […]

Aeon’s Myanmar debut marks milestone in reform

August 14, 2016 7:00 am JST A new joint venture will take over Orange stores like this one in Yangon. YANGON — The approval of Japanese retailer Aeon to open up shop in Myanmar is a hallmark of the country’s economic reforms, a result of efforts by the new government overseen by Aung San Suu […]

Cranes stand idle as Myanmar businesses bemoan economic policy drift

Aung San Suu Kyi’s ruling party will offer a glimpse of its plans for Myanmar’s economy this week, in a long-awaited announcement that seeks to reassure businesses and investors who have grown increasingly worried by a lack of firm policy detail. A burgeoning private sector had hoped the National League for Democracy’s (NLD) emphatic triumph […]

MIC to remain under ministry control

Myanmar’s new government will not allow the Myanmar Investment Commission to become an independent entity, but the MIC is planning to amend its policies to relax investment restrictions and direct more capital flows into manufacturing, its secretary U Aung Naing Oo has said. There have been discussions about an independent MIC for several years. U […]

Myanmar prioritises labour-intensive, agro-based industries for FDI

In an attempt to attract investments, Myanmar has prioritised labour-intensive industries, agro-based industries and other infrastructural projects, according to policies set by the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) and the Myanmar Investment Commission. Myanmar is inviting foreign companies to make investments in labour-intensive industries with the aim of creating more employment opportunities for […]

Foreign investment expected to reach US$8 billion this fiscal year

  FOREIGN investment in Myanmar is expected to reach US$8 billion in the 2016-2017 fiscal year, said U ThanAungKyaw, the deputy director-general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). Foreign investment reached $9.5 billion last fiscal year, according to figures from DICA. The oil and natural gas sector stood first in attracting foreign […]

Dawei residents protest against $3 billion oil refinery

A collection of civil society groups in the southern city of Dawei has begun to actively protest a Chinese-led US$3 billion proposal to build Myanmar’s largest oil refinery on their doorstep. Local businesses, civil society organisations and villagers are circulating a petition calling for the new National League for Democracy-led government to reconsider the project […]

CBM to monitor Myanmar investment overseas

The Central Bank is hoping the new government will support a law that requires all residents with overseas bank accounts to submit regular reports to the monetary authority, which would allow it to collect better data on capital flows, offshore holdings and Myanmar investment overseas. Under the Foreign Exchange Management Law, residents and companies are […]

Rush before power transfer pushes Myanmar FDI to record $9 billion

  Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Myanmar in the fiscal year ending in March grew to nearly $9 billion, a government official said on Monday, after a rush of last-minute approvals before the handover of power to Aung San Suu Kyi’s administration. The figure, a record high, rose by about $1 billion compared with the […]

European investment in Myanmar rises

Investment from European countries in Myanmar has increased since last fiscal year, according to the Myanmar Investment Commission. Investment from European countries reached nearly US$6 billion between April and February this fiscal year, followed by the UK ($4.073 billion), the Netherlands ($989 million), France ($541 million), Luxembourg ($45 million), Switzerland ($14 million) and Norway ($11 […]