Jade Curse Tests Post-Sanctions Myanmar

Its embrace can bring wealth beyond measure, or instant death. It is a magnet for the most impoverished migrant workers and the most ruthless exploiters. Its haunts are a cauldron of armed conflict beyond the law of the land. In what could be one of its most challenging tests, how will Myanmar’s democratic government deal […]

World’s Biggest Jade Measuring 18ft and Worth £145 MILLION is Unearthed by Stunned Miners

The 175-tonne rock will appear its distinctive green once cleaned – it will then be carved up into expensive jewellery and sculptures in China Stunned miners have unearthed the world’s most valuable piece of jade – an 18ft monster worth £145M. Workers were excavating rare gems at a remote mine in Kachin State, Burma, when they stumbled […]

The Wartime Supply Road That Became Myanmar’s Thriving Trade Route

YANGON — As trucks barrel down the well-paved road between Mandalay and the southwest of China, few of the men working on the construction sites lining the road probably realize that it was once a vital wartime supply route. As Myanmar’s overland tradewith China expands, the roadis now being revived as a bustling trade artery between the two countries. In Mandalay, […]

New airline routes begin to crowd Myanmar’s sky

YANGON — Asian airlines are looking to expand to Myanmar, eyeing not just business passengers but also the rising middle class there, who are beginning to travel for pleasure. Budget carrier HK Express on Sept. 1 kicked off a direct Hong Kong-to-Yangon route that flies four times a week. Other carriers, such as Myanmar National Airlines, already provide such […]

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 […]

HK, South Korea eye clothing factories

Companies from Hong Kong and South Korea have submitted proposals to establish garment factories and whole industrial zones to the Myanmar Investment Commission. Now the MIC was discussing potential locations with regional governments, said committee secretary Aung Naing Oo. “It is still at the discussion stage. They will enter the country when we are ready. Currently, we are making sure that we can give land to them for factories. They will set up their factories at the places where the government specifies. They are most likely to get land for their factories in Yangon and Bago where there are jetties,” he added. The MIC said it hoped the factories would create job opportunities.  “We plan to establish industrial zones […]

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 […]

Hong Kong carrier suspends Mandalay flights due to concerns over fuel quality

Hong Kong budget airline HK Express started flights to Mandalaythis week, but will suspend operations to the new destination in October because of issues with fuel quality at Mandalay airport, Department of Civil Aviation officials told The Myanmar Times. The firm began flights from Yangon to Hong Kong on September 1, and started a two-month run of […]

Myanmar’s best-known business house is joining up with multinationals

THE maroon hot-air balloons which carry tourists over Bagan—an ancient city teeming with crumbling red-brick temples—are famous in Myanmar. The fleet belongs to one of the country’s best-known tycoons. Since the pariah nation began to open up in 2011, Serge Pun has gradually transformed an empire built on property into a conglomerate with interests in […]