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Myanmar-based broadband provider Burst Networks has ordered a multi-million dollar data centre from Flexenclosure. The Danish infrastructure specialist is delivering its eCentre solution, a customised prefabricated modular data centre. The centre will be constructed in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on the outskirts of Yangon and will be the first ever Tier 4 data […]

US$ 258 million in Japanese investments made into Thilawa Special Economic Zone

JAPANESE companies have invested over US$ 258 million in 25 enterprises operating out of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone beginning from November of the 2014-201 FY to July 2016, according to Directorate of Investment and Company Administration. The total invested amount in the Thilawa (SEZ) is currently US$830 million from 14 foreign countries. Singapore tops […]

India plans to set up SEZ in Myanmar

NEW DELHI: It is not just Iran’s Chabahar port and connectivity to Eurasia that has caught attention of the Modi government. India plans to set up a SEZ in Sittwe in Myanmar where it has already built a port. The proposed SEZ by India will rival Chinese SEZ located 80 km down of strategically-located Sittwe […]

Three to seven year tax holiday period to be granted

TAX holidays will be granted for three to seven years, it has been learned. Authorities have been formulating a Myanmar Investment Law (Draft), which will grant tax exemptions to foreign direct investments excluding those made in Special Economic Zones (SEZs). The division of zones is based upon the development status of regions and states with […]

Securities Commission Says Foreigners Cannot Buy Shares This Year

NAYPYIDAW — The Securities and Exchange Commission of Myanmar (SECM) will not allow foreigners to buy shares on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) this year, said Maung Maung Win, deputy minister of the Ministry of National Planning and Finance. Only two companies have listed on the YSX to date—First Myanmar Investment (FMI) and Myanmar Thilawa […]

Work on Thilawa ‘Zone B’ to begin after rainy season

The investors behind Myanmar’s first special economic zone will start accepting proposals for factories in second zone known as “Zone B” at the end of the rainy season, as both phases of “Zone A” near completion, with US$760 million in foreign investment committed to the project so far. Myanmar Thilawa SEZ Holdings chair U Win Aung told The […]

In Mon State, expanding quarries threaten farms

On a recent afternoon in May, the farmers of OhnTitbin Village Tract were tending to their betel nut and rubber plantations when a loud blast erupted at the foot of Kalama Mountain and shook the ground. Workers had set off an explosion in a local quarry located about 10 km away and a cloud of […]

Thailand reaffirms Dawei plans, but does Myanmar?

“The governments of Thailand and Myanmar reaffirmed that the Dawei megaproject will create thousands of jobs and improve the livelihoods of people along the border,” according to Thailand’s caretaker Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha. Prayuth was speaking at a joint press conference in Bangkok on Friday. Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi also addressed reporters, […]

Singapore is leading investor in Myanmar’s Thilawa economic zone

YANGON – Singapore is the top investor so far in a huge industrial zone on the outskirts of Yangon, the Eleven Media Group reported, citing the country’s Directorate of Investment and Company Administration. Housing everything from children’s toy manufacturing to a car assembly plant and a deep sea port, the US$1.5 billion (S$2 billion) Thilawa […]

Thilawa SEZ worker dorms to open soon

Dormitories built for the first wave of the huge numbers of workers expected to be employed at Thilawa special economic zone to the south of Yangon are nearing completion, SEZ officials say. The accommodation is designed for internal migrant workers who come from all over the country. U Nyan Thit Hlaing, director of Myanmar Thilawa […]