US terminated remaining sanctions against Myanmar on 7 Oct 2016

On 7th October 2016 – President Obama signed the Executive Order to terminate the remaining economic and financial sanctions against Myanmar that make it very difficult for US banks, financial institutions and companies to do business with Myanmar. That means the following group of people and entities have been removed from the US Sanction List […]

Complete List of 204 entities and individuals removed from the US Sanction List for Burma

The following deletions have been made to OFAC’s SDN List for Burma as of 7/10/2016:   STATE PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL OF BURMA [BURMA].   SHWE, Than; DOB 02 Feb 1935; alt. DOB 02 Feb 1933; nationality Burma; citizen Burma; Senior General, Minister of Defense and Commander-in-Chief of Defense Services; Chairman, State Peace and Development […]

Myanmar moved off money laundering watchlist

Inter-governmental body the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has removed Myanmar from its list of states deemed weak in combating money laundering and terrorist financing, which experts think should make international banks more comfortable doing business with the country. FATF, which counts China, the United States and India as members, released a public statement on […]

US eases Myanmar sanction to aid business

Photo Credit: File Photo from Nov. 14, 2014  meeting between Obama and Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon (Nyein Chan Naing / European Press Photo Agency) The US government has removed 3 government banks and 7 government agencies responsible for promoting investment and export in various sectors of this resource rich country off the sanction […]

Yangon Stock Exchange to open amidst suspicion

Many analysts believe the Yangon Stock Exchange, which will be fully operational by March this year, is opening with unfair advantages and possible conflicts of interests. The Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) automatically entered the US sanctions blacklist as the Myanmar Economic Bank, an entity already sanctioned by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets […]

US eases Myanmar trade sanctions

US authorities have removed a ban on trade through ports and airports in Myanmar for six months, a move that should help galvanise the country’s incoming government. A landslide victory by the National League for Democracy, led by the iconic Aung San Suu Kyi, marked the first free polls in 25 years, and the party […]

Sanctions fears choke nascent U.S. trade with Myanmar via Asia World Port

Western banks are cutting trade finance in Myanmar after learning that part of the country’s main port is controlled by a man blacklisted by Washington, threatening to stop nascent U.S. economic ties with the Southeast Asian nation in their tracks. U.S. shipments to Myanmar have slowed to a crawl in recent months, after several banks […]

US offers path to redemption for ‘cronies’

Myanmar officials and the business community yesterday expressed hope that the lifting of US sanctions against prominent industrialist U Win Aung last week would open the door to an influx of US investment and the removal from Washington’s blacklist of other tycoons linked to the former military regime. An industry insider who asked not to […]

US Blacklists Myanmar Lawmaker Aung Thaung ahead of Obama’s visit

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Treasury on Friday blacklisted a hard-line lawmaker of Burma’s ruling party, accusing him of undermining political and economic reforms. Human rights activists step welcomed the action against Aung Thaung, who was industry minister under the former ruling junta and a leader of a pro-military organization blamed for mob attacks. His family […]

Sanctions Make Myanmar Business Difficult, Not Impossible

Myanmar’s 2011 shift to a civilian government, after decades of military dictatorship, shocked observers and paved the way for dizzying changes in the country’s economy. Companies are now eying opportunities in Myanmar, as a rapid easing in U.S. sanctions is making business in the country feasible for the first time in years. Still, while the […]