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 […]

Burger King GM talks Myanmar expansion plans

Biting into a Burger King in Myanmar for now requires a passport, with the country’s only restaurant located past customs at Yangon International Airport. But franchise operator Minor Food Group is hoping local appetite will merit many more outlets. Thai firm Minor Food Group (MFG) opened Myanmar’s first Burger King in Terminal 1 on July 1 – […]

Myanmar’s objection may block Thai heritage claim

Overlapping of border cited as reason; Thailand has time until October to resole issue before seeking Unesco recognition for Kaeng Krachan forest. THAILAND FACES an uphill task pushing for inscription of the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex (KKFC) as a World Heritage site after Myanmar raised concerns over boundary issues, but the Kingdom has until October […]

YOMA leads the field in quality properties in Yangon

  Cyrus Pun is excited about the prospects for his company’s new real estate development in Yangon. As Head of Real Estate and Executive Director of YOMA Strategic Holdings Limited, Cyrus Pun says Myanmar’s real estate market is young. But judging by the quality of the property Lotus Hill that his company is rolling out, […]

Burger King finds new throne at Yangon International Airport

A new king has been crowned at Yangon International Airport. Global fast-food giant Burger King opened its doors in Terminal 1 on July 1 – marking its first entry into Myanmar. The airport outlet’s launch follows similar bids made by fast-food rivals KFC and Pizza Hut – both Yum! Brands franchises – into the local […]

The Land Rush in Myanmar

After decades of military rule, Myanmar at last has a democratically elected government. Longtime opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party took charge in March, with her ally Htin Kyaw becoming president and the Nobel laureate herself serving as foreign affairs minister. In response, the U.S. last month announced a partial rollback of economic sanctions […]

Myanmar’s fast-food industry attracts US attention as sanctions ease

US fast-food firms could flood into Myanmar after the easing of US-imposed sanctions to improve bilateral trade and allow more financial transactions to take place. The US Treasury, for instance, has removed from a blacklist seven state-owned enterprises and three state-owned banks – the Myanma Economic Bank, Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank, and Myanma Investment and […]

Myanmar welcomes US move to ease more sanctions

YANGON – A US decision to pare back economic sanctions on Myanmar could unclog investment as the country claws its way out of poverty, Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government said Wednesday, welcoming the move. Suu Kyi’s party took power in March after clinching a majority at last year’s election, the freest in generations for […]

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 […]

Myanmar’s economy opens doors to big brands

From fast food giants to coffee chains, tobacco companies and garment makers, Myanmar’s emerging economy is opening up to the world’s biggest brands It is just after 2pm at the newly built Pizza Hut on Yangon’s Dhammazedi Road. Clusters of staff throng around the entrance and waiters’ station as businessman Sein Min, who also goes […]