Chinese investment in Myanmar’s SEZ pure business

The interests of Myanmar and its people will be the top consideration of the developers of two projects in Myanmar’s special economic zone (SEZ) in the town of Kyaukphyu, a company official told Xinhua recently. The China International Trust and Investment Corporation (CITIC) Construction company, together with four other Chinese companies and one Thai firm, […]

Capella Real Estate to develop commercial property

Founder and CEO of Capella Real Estaet and Investment Ko Zaw Min Htun discusses the challenges to developing a small business How did you start your business? I opened Capella Real Estate and Investment in 2013 to build a neighbourhood plaza on Mae Zin Gone Street in Hlaing township, near to Hledan. Real estate and […]

SMEs Lack Paperwork Prowess, Unable to Secure loans

While the Small and Medium Industrial Development Bank (SMIDB) offered to distribute K20 billion in loans in 2014, as of now, K12 billion have yet to be distributed, owing largely to informal business practices, according to an official from the Ministry of Industry. Like all businesses in the country, SMEs need to register and pay […]

ADB to Help Banks Boost Risk Management Capacity for SME Lending

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said it will help commercial banks in Myanmar raise their risk management capacity for lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). To further this aim, ADB and Myanmar Banks Association held a 4-day workshop last week. The workshop covered key of credit risk management and operational risks in SME lending. […]

More to be done to boost local financial sector

Myanmar is yet to further strengthen local financial institutions given the low number of bank accounts held by its citizens as well as limited lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), said a German expert. “Currently, Myanmar’s financial sector has too few depositors. The majority of people have no significant role in the sector. The […]

As AEC Nears, Ministry Pushes Anti-Dumping Laws

As the ASEAN Economic Community comes into effect, the overwhelming flow of goods may hurt small and medium enterprises (SME) in Myanmar, leading the Ministry of Commerce to draft antidumping and safeguard laws. U Thein Myint Wai, assistant director at the ministry, said, “When the floodgates of trade are opened, low quality goods can come […]

German Industry and Commerce Delegation Launches in Myanmar

The Delegation of German Industry and Commerce has launched its operation in Myanmar in a bid to boost business and bilateral ties between the two countries. The office will be co-funded by the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) and the German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, the Delegation said in […]

Heavyweight Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ prepares its Yangon office for opening

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ could officially open its branch office as soon as next month, as the firm looks to provide financial services to foreign investors, according to the bank’s chief executive officer for Asia and Oceania, Go Watanabe. “We are excited to open the branch as soon as possible, maybe even next month, […]

DVB talks to Vikram Kumar, IFC

Vikram Kumar, the Resident Representative for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Myanmar, spoke to DVB Interview International’s Alex Bookbinder about IFC investments in Yoma Bank and Shangri-La hotels. The IFC, which is part of the World Bank Group, are financing several major infrastructure projects in Myanmar. One major investment is US$75 million in funds […]

Government Inspects Manufacturing Businesses for Licences

Authorities are inspecting manufacturing businesses to uncover unregistered companies as a spread of unregistered small and medium industries(SMI) throughout Myanmar are thought to be undercutting local industrial production. The Ministry of Industry’s Industrial Supervision unit’s director general U Thein Swe said private industrial businesses are wrong to think registering companies is a time consuming process […]