New Investment Law Hailed as ‘Essential’ to Development

Business leaders have welcomed the approval of a new investment law that they hope will cut red tape and bring an end to concerns that foreign and local businesses are being treated differently. The Upper House approved the Myanmar Investment Law without amendments last week, and the legislation is due to come into effect in […]

Myanmar Must Mitigate Risks Despite Favourable Growth: World Bank

ALTHOUGH Myanmar’s economic growth remains strong, it needs to address emerging challenges to macroeconomic stability, say World Bank economists.   Sudhir Shetty, the Bank’s chief economist for East Asia and the Pacific, said yesterday at a video press conference on the launch of the new “East Asia and Pacific Economic Update”, a report on the […]

TrueMoney goes international, targeting Myanmar

Executives join to launch the oversea transfer service. (Photo courtesy of TrueMoney) Local mobile payment companies are gearing up to extend their payment services overseas after the Bank of Thailand eased foreign exchange rules. The central bank in March eased the regulations to allow companies that hold payment licences under the law regulating e-payment to […]

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 […]

Solving the Yangon housing shortage

Amid estimates that Yangon’s population of 7 million-plus will move into double-digits in the next 10 to 20 years, what is being done to solve the commercial capital’s housing crisis? The problem is exacerbated by the slow pace of economic and social development, which keeps incomes down. Yangon, home to 7.3 million people, according to […]

Exclusive: Hungry for power, Myanmar bets on hydro in new energy plan

YANGON (Reuters) – Electricity-starved Myanmar is looking to overhaul its long-term power strategy, aiming to hike the planned share of hydropower in its energy mix at the cost of polluting coal as it tries to attract foreign investment. The new democratically-elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi has made job creation one of its top […]

Myanmar transportation, infrastructure weakest in Southeast Asia: World Bank

Myanmar has the weakest transportation and infrastructure in Southeast Asia, according to a report by the World Bank Group. Myanmar ranked 137 among 160 countries in the transportation index in 2014, giving it the lowest position among Southeast Asian countries. Moreover, only 33 per cent of households in Myanmar have access to electricity, while 60 […]

In Myanmar, the AIIB Could Buttress China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ Framework

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank could come to play a greater role in Myanmar. Is the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) just another vehicle for spreading Chinese geoeconomic primacy throughout the Asia-Pacific? Earlier this year, reflecting on the bank’s first projects, I argued that such fears were overwrought. The AIIB, with modest partnership-based undertakings along with […]

The Key to Jumpstarting Myanmar’s Economy: Electricity

It’s no secret that the National League for Democracy (NLD) faces myriad challenges in improving Myanmar’s socioeconomic situation. In fact, its biggest challenge might be deciding which issues to address first. Led by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the NLD has made the peace process, which is aimed at ending decades of strife between the […]

With Sanctions Eased, US Sees Economic Potential in Myanmar

STATE DEPARTMENT — U.S. officials are looking to boost economic engagement with Myanmar, a country that has been dubbed by some as “the final frontier” because it is one of the last markets largely untouched by Western companies. The United States imposed heavy economic sanctions on Myanmar in 1997 over the ruling military junta’s repression […]