Unicity eyes official opening in Myanmar

Unicity, a US-based health and supplement marketing company, says it is rapidly expanding its business in the Asean Economic Community (AEC), and has announced its official opening in Myanmar. Christopher Kim, president for the Asia-Pacific region at Unicity International, said the firm was one of the industry leaders for both nutritional supplements and business development […]

Low risk tolerance investors waiting for results of 2015 election to invest

According to a report by consulting firm New Crossroads Asia – low risk tolerance investors are waiting for the results of the 2015 election before investing in Myanmar. Aung Naing Oo, director general of the Directorate of Investment and Companies Administration (DICA) said there was some truth to this. “Reports that foreign companies are waiting […]

Maritime spat to aid rice exporters

Growing tensions in the South China Sea in recent months is leading China to shun Vietnam for its rice imports, opening the door for Myanmar exporters, according to traders. Much of Myanmar’s official exports currently go to African countries, but with Thai exporters dropping prices in those markets since the May 22 coup, Myanmar exporters […]

Middle and Affluent Class in Vietnam and Myanmar Will Double in Size by 2020

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM–(Marketwired – Dec 18, 2013) – The middle and affluent class will double in size in Vietnam and Myanmar between now and 2020, according to a publication by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Consumers in these two Southeast Asian countries are also among the most optimistic in the world — more […]

Big tobacco eyes Myanmar market

A smoky haze greets customers walking into any of Yangon’s tea shops as patrons light up hand-rolled cigarettes known locally as cheroots. Elsewhere in Myanmar’s main city, vendors sell cheap cigarettes smuggled from China to drivers stopped at traffic lights. The pavement is painted red with the spit of people chewing tobacco wrapped in betel […]

SME business owners from Japan seeking local partners in Myanmar

Small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners from Japan are seeking local joint partnerships in Myanmar, according to sources interviewed at a forum held at the offices of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) on Saturday. Seven SME companies are included in the Japanese delegation, and they have invited more […]

Can Singapore capitalise on Myanmar’s opening?

Myanmar’s political opening has caught the world’s attention, and many countries are rushing to what has been called Asia’s last frontier market. Punishing sanctions by the European Union have been lifted, while Washington DC has suspended its measures. Seized by the economic potential of the country’s large market and rich resources, Western companies have responded […]