Investment Law Rules and Regulations Released by March

NAYPYIDAW — Rules and regulations for the newly enacted Myanmar Investment Law will be released in three months at the earliest and by the end of March next year at the latest, according to U Maung Maung Win, deputy minister of national planning and finance. The law, enacted by President U Htin Kyaw last week, […]

Govt’s Foreign Investment Policy to be Released this Month

RANGOON – Foreign investment policy will be announced this month after President Htin Kyaw passes a revamped Myanmar Investment Law, according to secretary of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) U Aung Naing Oo. Burma’s business community has been growing impatient waiting for details of foreign investment policy after criticizing the government’s 12-part overall economic policy […]

Rangoon Govt Rep Clarifies Development Priorities

RANGOON – The head of Rangoon Parliament’s Finance, Planning and Economic Affairs Committee told the press on Thursday of the divisional government’s priorities for the development of the commercial capital throughout the rest of the year. Daw Sandar Min said that Rangoon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein informed committee members of 24 planned projects […]

Gems and Jewellery Entrepreneurs Hustles for Lower Tax Rate

Gem entrepreneurs have urged the Ministry of Planning and Finance to review the commercial tax rate on the gems sector which is listed as a special item in the Special Commodities Tax Law. In 2015, the commercial tax rate was set at 15 percent for raw gem stones such as jade, rubies, sapphires, emeralds and […]

The first affordable housing rolled out in Mon State

The first affordable housing projects in Mon State will reportedly be rolled out in Chaungzone and Thanbyuzayat Townships in the wake of the current rainy season, according to the Mon State government. U Wunna Kyaw, Mon State Minister of Planning, Finance and Immigration, has announced sales of units within the affordable housing estates will be […]

Commission Approves 13 Foreign Investment Proposals During New Govt Term

RANGOON — The newly re-formed Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) approved 13 foreign investment proposals and nine local investments over the last two months, a figure significantly lower than the same period in 2015, Aung Naing Oo, secretary of the MIC, told The Irrawaddy. Since the MIC was re-staffed in early June under the chairmanship of Kyaw Win, […]

Yangon authorities appear to backtrack over high-rise review

Yangon city authorities appear to have come down on the side of angry developers in the row over the suspension of 222 projects either under construction or at the planning stage. Following a city-wide review of project designs, the suspension was ordered because the buildings reportedly violated draft zoning regulations. However, the draft in question has yet […]

Securities Commission Says Foreigners Cannot Buy Shares This Year

NAYPYIDAW — The Securities and Exchange Commission of Myanmar (SECM) will not allow foreigners to buy shares on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) this year, said Maung Maung Win, deputy minister of the Ministry of National Planning and Finance. Only two companies have listed on the YSX to date—First Myanmar Investment (FMI) and Myanmar Thilawa […]

Yangon high-rise review divides officials

  The chair of Yangon Region parliament’s economic committee has spoken out in support of developers, after they were ordered by a separate committee to change their project designs as part of a city-wide review of high-rises under construction. Daw Sandar Min, who heads the regional Finance, Planning and Economic Committee, said developers had suffered “enormous […]

Yangon to develop river transport express system

The Yangon Region government is planning to build a river express system for passengers – part of fundamental transport reforms that government officials hope will bring a new wave of industrial goods and commuters onto the country’s waterways. Myanmar is unique in Southeast Asia in boasting waterways – primarily the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin rivers – […]