US Gems Association Eyes Trade Ties as Sanctions End

The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) arrived in Myanmar for the first time this week to assess the gems sector and build trade relationships ahead of an anticipated end to the US sanctions regime, which would allow the legal import of Myanmar rubies and jade. The association’s president, Jeffrey Bilgore, said the mission had been […]

Govt’s Foreign Investment Policy to be Released this Month

RANGOON – Foreign investment policy will be announced this month after President Htin Kyaw passes a revamped Myanmar Investment Law, according to secretary of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) U Aung Naing Oo. Burma’s business community has been growing impatient waiting for details of foreign investment policy after criticizing the government’s 12-part overall economic policy […]

UK aid program seeks to make it easier to do business in Myanmar

The United Kingdom’s development arm announced a £25 million (US$32.5 million) aid program yesterday geared toward making it easier to do business in Myanmar and boosting growth in key sectors of the economy, like agriculture and garment manufacturing. The UK and Australia are currently working with the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration and the […]

Business community pins sanction hopes on State Counsellor’s visit to US

With State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi set to meet US President Barack Obama in Washington today, many in Myanmar’s business community will be watching closely. The two are set to discuss US sanctions that have been in place for decades, and that investors are rearing to have removed. Businesses have long called for lifting sanctions they say cripple […]

British Chamber Launches Business Program to Entice UK Firms to Myanmar

The British Chamber of Commerce has launched a variety of business services to help attract British businesses to enter the Myanmar market. Some of the more prominent services the chamber is offering include business matching, market visits, trade missionsand bespoke events where businesses can showcase their products and services. With Myanmar considered one of the […]

Myanmar foreign investment drops as democracy transition inspires caution

Aug 12 Myanmar’s democratic transition instilled caution in investors, with foreign direct investment during the first four months of the government led by Aung San Suu Kyi dropping sharply from a year ago, government data show. Foreign companies invested $380 million from April to July, the first four months of Myanmar’s fiscal year, plummeting from […]

Commission Approves 13 Foreign Investment Proposals During New Govt Term

RANGOON — The newly re-formed Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) approved 13 foreign investment proposals and nine local investments over the last two months, a figure significantly lower than the same period in 2015, Aung Naing Oo, secretary of the MIC, told The Irrawaddy. Since the MIC was re-staffed in early June under the chairmanship of Kyaw Win, […]

US Investment in Burma Forecasted to Increase

RANGOON — US investment in Burma has strong potential to increase this year, experts said at a US-Burma Economic Relations seminar in Rangoon on Monday. Entitled “US-Burma Economic Relations: The Next Phase,” the seminar was jointly organized by the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) and the United States Chamber […]

Myanmar Investment Commission to Reform in June

RANGOON —The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) will be reformed this month in line with the Myanmar Investment Law, said Than Aung Kyaw, deputy director general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). “Each MIC term is only three years, so it’s time for new members to be appointed,” he said. The commission, which […]

AmCham, UMFCCI to Host Conference on US Investment

RANGOON — After a successful meeting between American Chamber of Commerce Myanmar (AmCham) members and high-ranking Burmese government officials last month, a new summit to feature Burmese economists and US businesspeople has been set for next Monday in Rangoon. The conference will be hosted at the offices of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers […]