Lower house passes Myanmar’s long-awaited Investment Law

The lower house of parliament approved the Myanmar Investment Law yesterday, taking the long-awaited draft a step closer to becoming law. The legislation, which combines into one document the Myanmar Citizens Investment Law and the Foreign Investment Law, now moves to the upper house for consideration. The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) began working on a draft of the law […]

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 […]

Laos to share hydropower development expertise with Myanmar

VIENTIANE, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) — A hydro-electric-powered energy revolution has been afoot in South-East Asia over recent years with the movement of fresh and fast-flowing waters increasingly fueling the consumption of larger amounts of energy resources to spur socio-economic development, poverty reduction and improvements in both urban and rural areas. The region’s most diminutive nation […]

Major Myanmar’s real estate project wins lease extensions

A half billion dollar real estate development in Myanmar’s commercial capital has gained critical lease extensions from the ministry of transport, its developer said on Wednesday. The Landmark Development, backed by Singapore-listed Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd., located in Yangon, has been stalled since 2012 without them. The centerpiece of the 10 acre mixed-use property is […]

Mitsubishi to begin Myanmar project

YANGON – Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp said Tuesday that it has agreed with Mitsubishi Estate Co to commence work on a mixed-use landmark development project in downtown Yangon, Myanmar, in collaboration with Singapore-listed Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd and local firm First Myanmar Investment Co. The project, which will cover 200,000 square metres of residential, […]

Myanmar urged to address electricity loss

Myanmar’s electricity authorities need to pay more attention to transmission line maintenance to reduce frequent blackouts, experts said last week. “Technical losses need to be urgently addressed and 100-per- cent electrification is crucial to the nation’s growth,” said Andrew Lee, manager of General Electric Myanmar. Electricity would help Myanmar move forward, but frequent blackouts due […]

Myanmar’s Mr Clean says he takes ‘red tape road’ to profit

Scaffolding around the 139-year old Burma Railway Headquarters, a red-brick colonial relic at the center of a half billion dollar property development in central Yangon, hasn’t seen much action since the project was announced four years ago. Serge Pun, the 63-year-old project developer and one of Myanmar’s richest men, says his Landmark development – which […]

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 […]