Companies Act in Government’s Sights

Now that the Myanmar Investment Law has been passed by both houses of parliament, attention turns to the new Myanmar Companies Act, which senior business sector figures say will be key in improving corporate governance. The investment law, which will combine and replace the Foreign Investment Law and the Myanmar Citizens Investment Law, was passed by […]

Exclusive: Hungry for power, Myanmar bets on hydro in new energy plan

YANGON (Reuters) – Electricity-starved Myanmar is looking to overhaul its long-term power strategy, aiming to hike the planned share of hydropower in its energy mix at the cost of polluting coal as it tries to attract foreign investment. The new democratically-elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi has made job creation one of its top […]

China faces tougher laws in Myanmar

In the wake of the controversial Myitsone dam, Aung San Suu Kyi is demanding more from investors involved in high risk projects, reports Vicky Bowman A new government took power in Myanmar on March 31, 2016, led in practice, if not on paper, by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.  Governments and businesses around the world are keenly […]

Hydropower working group launched in Myanmar

The International Finance Corporation and more than 100 members of Myanmar’s private hydroelectric power sector have launched a new working group to help “influence policy and identify solutions to improve upon sustainability and business operations in Myanmar.” The organization, called the Hydropower Developers’ Working Group, represents more than 100 stakeholders in the country’s hydro sector, […]

Sule Square Project Breaches Building Regulations, Says Inspection Committee

RANGOON—The High-Rise Inspection Committee (HIC) of Rangoon’s municipal body said that the Sule Square commercial complex includes two extra floors for which the developers do not have permission to add. Construction of the 23-floor structure is nearly complete. Aung San Win, secretary of the HIC within the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), told The Irrawaddy […]

Ayuroma International Helps Myanmar Industrial Port Land $200 M in Funding

Last week, Ayuroma successfully helped, operating as Myanmar Industrial Port (MIP), secure the first tranche of IFC debt, which is expected to be $200 million in total. For the past two years, Ayuroma has been responsible for MIP’s corporate development, which allowed MIP to be in a position to secure international capital. One of the […]

IFC Pledges US$10 Million to Agri-Business Myanma Awba

  RANGOON — The International Finance Corporation (IFC) on Tuesday pledged US$10 million to local agri-business Myanma Awba, according to the IFC website. The additional funds are intended to jump start Myanma Awba’s $25 million project aimed at setting up a new agro-chemicals formulation plant, as well as enhancing packaging and warehouse capacity, seed production, […]

Yangon’s real estate market cools down in 2015

Over the past several years, Myanmar’s economic capital of Yangon has enjoyed a flurry of real estate activity following the loosening of military rule and a gradual process of liberalisation.  However, 2015 proved to be a fairly quiet period for the city’s real estate as the market cooled in the run up to November’s elections […]

Myanmar companies told to embrace good corporate practices

MYANMAR companies must embrace corporate governance practices, especially large-sized ones that seek to list and raise funds on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX), said experts. There are more than 200 public companies established under the Myanmar Companies Act, but only six of them are short-listed for the listing, said Htay Chun, a member of the […]

Ooredoo raises $300 million from IFC, ADB

Ooredoo Myanmar has raised US$300 million through a loan from the Asian Development Bank and International Finance Corporation, to fund the rollout of its network. In an announcement on February 7, the Qatari operator said the ADB and IFC would provide $150 million each, though provided no details of the terms of the financing. Last […]