Australia’s business know how could boost Myanmar

AUSTRALIA’S expertise in agriculture, mining and education is seen playing a key role in Myanmar once Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League Democracy (NLD) takes power next year. MACQUARIE University academic Sean Turnell, an informal advisor to the NLD leadership, says agricultural reform will be a key priority once the government takes power early next […]

Myanmar to Curb Some Investor Incentives, Presidential Aide Says

Myanmar’s parliament is likely to meet before the end of the year to approve legislation that would scale back a number of foreign-investment incentives the government now deems excessive, President Thein Sein’s top economic adviser said. Parliament, which is in recess as lawmakers campaign for Nov. 8 elections, will probably reconvene by early December, Aung […]

Industry banks add to sector’s risk

With each new approval of an industry-focused bank, Myanmar’s banking sector becomes riskier. Instead of creating more banks, Myanmar should streamline its existing institutions to minimise the chance of a banking sector crisis, according to international advisers, who have warned the government against the systemic risks created by sector-specific banks. However, despite an already crowded […]

Chinese stampede upsets markets

Billions of dollars from opaque sources in China may be flowing into Myanmar each year, causing excessive volatility in areas such as the local real estate market, according to experts. Flows have increased recently as Chinese political and business leaders respond to efforts to curb corruption, causing many to look abroad to store their ill-gotten […]

Kyaukphyu SEZ ‘Key’ to China Business Corridor, But Doubts Remain

Kyaukphyu port on Myanmar’s western coast could play a key role in a Beijing-led economic corridor plan linking neighbors India, Bangladesh and China. But economists and foreign policy analysts are divided over whether the Naypyidaw government’s ambitions for a special economic zone (SEZ) around Kyaukphyu in Rakhine State are viable. The so-called BCIM Corridor, for […]

Negotiating the new road to Mandalay

In the next few weeks Myanmar is expected to ask an Australian team to review its newly legislated mining law. It will involve an unusual level of ­foreign consultation on an important economic reform. The plan to draw on Australian expertise to help draft the regulatory framework for one of the resource-rich country’s main industries […]

ANZ faces Myanmar bank hurdles

THE ANZ Banking Group is bidding for a banking licence in Myanmar but faces major challenges in doing so. UP to 40 institutions are lining up to open offices in the country, even as the central bank is set to impose tough operational restrictions. Myanmar is undergoing major economic reforms and liberalisation in the process […]

Myanmar Firms Feel Pinch From Abroad

YANGON, Myanmar—The world’s biggest consumer companies are flocking to Myanmar, filling the once-pariah nation and its backward economy with goods previously unavailable to its 60 million people. But not everyone is happy. Some of the country’s biggest conglomerates—plugging away at the cash-strapped market for decades and fighting hard to grow despite crippling Western sanctions—are now […]