Yangon chief minister vows corruption fight

The new chief minister for Yangon region U Phyo Min Thein has promised that his government will clean up corruption over its five-year term. U Phyo Min Thein, a National League for Democracy MP for Hlegu, was nominated yesterday by President-elect U Htin Kyaw and approved by the Yangon Region Hluttaw without objection. Speaking to […]

High hopes for business zone on China-Myanmar border

An ambitious new economic zone at Myanmar’s largest trading point with China will bring new business opportunities for the two countries, officials and residents said at the project’s soft opening in Shan State’s Muse last week. Around 80 percent of Myanmar’s formal overland trade with China passes through a border point a few miles from […]

Thilawa Takes in $500 Million in Investment

From November 2014 to December, a total 48 companies from 12 countries invested more than $500 million in Thilawa Special Economic Zone, said vice president U Nyan Tun, who is also president of the Central Working Committee for Myanmar Special Economic Zones. “Of the three SEZ projects, the most successful and the first one that […]

Trade at Yangon Stock Exchange unlikely to start until March 2016

Myanmar Vice President Nyan Tun marked the opening ceremony of the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) by ringing a bell on Wednesday with six local campanies listed. Yet officials say it is unlikely that any trading will take place until March 2016. Finance Minister U Win Shein said that YSX would only be open to Myanmar […]

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Slated to Enter Myanmar with the Signing of Sheraton Yangon Hotel

SStarwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced its market debut in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar with the signing of Sheraton Yangon Hotel, a new build property in the dynamic capital city. Owned by Family Business Group Hotel Limited, the milestone signing builds upon the Sheraton first mover advantage in the […]

Central Bank VP paints picture of hi-tech Myanmar

Satt Aung, the vice-president of the Central Bank of Myanmar, has painted a rosy picture of the not-too-distant future in a modern Myanmar where mobile banking and electronic transactions will be the norm for shopping, making payments and even paying for taxis. Addressing the Union Parliament on Wednesday on the subject of foreign bank operations […]

Thilawa SEZ Construction Permit by July

Construction permits for Thilawa Special Economic Zone will be granted by July, U Set Aung, chairman of Thilawa SEZ Management Committee, said. Most of the countries seeking permit are from Asia, he added. A total of 45 companies from 11 countries have currently applied for permits for the 394-hectare (960 acres) Class A area, which […]

US to open foreign trade service branch in Myanmar’s Yangon

YANGON, June 6 (Xinhua) — The United States will open a foreign trade service branch in Myanmar’s Yangon in a bid to boost trade ties with the Southeast Asian nation, according to state media Friday. It was touched upon when Myanmar President U Thein Sein met with visiting U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker in Nay […]

Condominiums not covered by Condo Law

Nearly all of Yangon’s recently constructed “condominiums” may not qualify as condominiums under the draft Condominium Law, according to Yangon City Development Committee engineering deputy director U Nay Win. The draft law has been submitted to the Pyithu Hluttaw, but it stipulates a condo must be built on freehold land or land that was granted […]

Toyo-Thai Plans $2.7-b Coal Power Plant in Myanmar

Thailand-based Toyo-Thai Corp is in talks to invest $2.7 billion in a 1,280-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Myanmar’s southeastern Mon state. The engineering procurement and construction contractor expects to finalise the deal in the third quarter, said vice president and chief operating officer Surattana Trinratana, according to Thai media reports. The work on the plant […]