Myanmar’s clothing industry is set for significant growth in the coming years

Myanmar’s clothing industry is forecast to grow significantly in the coming years, according to a report in the latest issue of Global Apparel Markets from the business information company Textiles Intelligence. Forecasters have predicted that there could be up to 1.5 million jobs in the garment industry by 2020 compared with approximately 230,000 in mid-2015, […]

Shops close as jade prices drop by 70pc in Kachin State

Demand has fallen after a Chinese government crackdown on traders who bought value-added jade without paying tax, said U Z Lum, chair of the Myanmar Gems and Jewellery Entrepreneurs’ Association in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State. “Chinese buyers have to pay high taxes in China if they buy our value-added products. This has had […]

We do not understand why sanctions are imposed on gems

Chairman, Myanmar Gems and Jewellery Entrepreneurs’ Association The gems and jewellery sector makes an important contribution to the economy, supporting thousands of businesses which employ millions of people. Mizzima’s Juliet Shwe Gaung spoke to U Yone Mu, the chairman of the Myanmar Gems and Jewellery Entrepreneurs’ Association, in a wide-ranging interview that touched on plans […]

Over US$9 billion worth of goods imported this year

More than US9 billion worth of goods has been imported this fiscal year (FY) including automobiles and the volume is more than US$2 billion than last year, according to the Ministry of Commerce. From April 1 to October 24 of 2014-2015 FY, total volume of imports including cars was US$9295.681 million. During the same period […]

Business With Bounce

Mandalay-based Sein & Mya Mattress Industry Co., Ltd. is one of the country’s leading manufacturers of mattresses. Founded in 1994, it has two factories in Mandalay and seven stores nationwide, including one in Yangon. The Irrawaddy’s Kyaw Hsu Mon talked to the company’s founder U Kyaw Min about what it takes to succeed in Myanmar […]

Fish Food Prices Increase as China Imports More Raw Materials

The local Fish Food Producers Association announced that it has decided to import food for fish and prawn rather than manufacturing locally, responding to a hike in local prices. Increasing demand for fish food raw materials from China has driven up the price of fish food over the past year. In June 2013, the price […]

UMFCCI urges Chinese businesses to start factories

The joint secretary of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industries (UMFCCI), has urged Chinese investors not only to buy raw materials from Myanmar but also to set up factories. Aye Lwin was speaking at a business meeting between Myanmar and Chinese entrepreneurs on December 16, co-organised by the UMFCCI and […]

US Holloman Corporation inks JV deal with Young Investment Group

US-based construction firm Holloman Corporation and Myanmar’s Young Investment Group have both invested US$200 million to set up the Young Holloman Corporation in Myanmar, the firms announced. U Thiha Aung, chairman of the Young Investment Group, said that the joint-venture will establish a cement-batching plant before investing further in construction and oil and gas. “We’re […]