Myanmar launches Thilawa industrial zone

THANLYIN, MYANMAR — Dignitaries from Myanmar and Japan on Wednesday launched the first phase of a huge industrial zone on the outskirts of Yangon, as the long-isolated nation pushes to rapidly accelerate its industrialisation. Housing everything from children’s toy manufacturing to a car assembly plant and a deep-sea port, the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) […]

After decades of decay, Myanmar bets on Thilawa to lead industry boom

From the banks of the Yangon River rises Myanmar’s great economic hope, a $1.5 billion manufacturing complex designed to lure investment and help the impoverished country compete in the global marketplace. The first phase of the 2,400-hectare (5900-acre) Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ), an hour from the commercial capital Yangon, is only months away from […]

Two Japan Banks First Foreign Banks to Open Myanmar Branches

Japan’s two top banks are set to open branches in Myanmar this week, becoming the first foreign banks to set up shop in the country: a place viewed by many as one of the “last frontiers.” Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. will open branches on Wednesday and Thursday in the center […]

Marubeni Corp to Form Myanmar JV for Corrugated Container Business

A subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Marubeni Corp will form a joint venture to start a corrugated container business in Yangon’s Mingaladon Industrial Park, the company said. Malaysia-based GS Paper & Packaging Sdn Bhd (GSPP), where Marubeni holds 25 percent and Oji Holdings Corp 75 percent stake, will invest as a major stakeholder along with a […]

Thilawa SEZ Shares to Go on Sale to Raise $21 Million

Shares of Myanmar’s Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) will go on sale in March in a bid to raise $21.8 million to fund the first phase of construction of the SEZ near the country’s commercial hub Yangon. The plan was announced last week at a news conference by U Set Aung, chairman of Thilawa SEZ […]

Manufacturing could start in Myanmar’s Thilawa zone in mid-2015

Feb 21 (Reuters) – About 40 foreign manufacturers are interested in setting up in the Thilawa economic zone being developed with Japanese help outside Myanmar’s main city, Yangon, and commercial operations could start in mid-2015, a Myanmar official said. Myanmar has opened up since a quasi-civilian government took office in 2011 after decades of military […]