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Yangon Region govt plans to build more reservoirs

The Yangon Region government is planning to establish reservoirs to ensure a reliable drinking water supply in the future. In response to a question at the Yangon Region parliament yesterday, U Maung Maung Soe, the Yangon Region Development Affairs Minister, said the government unveiled a long-term plan to supply drinking water to Yangon residents in […]

Myanmar Automated Cargo Clearance System to be installed in Thilawa SEZ in November

Myanmar’s Customs Department will install the new Myanmar Automated Cargo Clearance System (MACCS) at airports, port terminals and at the Thilawa Special Economic Zone in November this year, it has been learned. Plans are also underway to install the MACCS at cross-border areas after his new programme is successfully implemented within Yangon Region. With the […]

Commerce Ministry to launch fully online licensing system next month

AS part of its 100-day plan, the commerce ministry will launch a fully online licensing system in June, according to an official from the ministry at a meeting to boost awareness about the system in Yangon yesterday. “The online licensing system aims to save time for the applicants and is scheduled to be launched next […]

Myanmar aims to attract $140 billion in FDI until 2030

Myanmar has set its sights on attracting US$140 billion (Bt4.9 trillion) in foreign direct investment (FDI) from now until 2030, according to a national economic development plan. From 1988 until March 30, which marked the end of the 2015-16 fiscal year, Myanmar had granted permits for foreign investments worth $63.7 billion. The national development plan, […]

Rice bosses bemoan lack of investment

Myanmar’s agriculture sector faces development challenges and it received no significant inflows of foreign investment in the past five years, according to the Myanmar Rice Federation. The Directorate of Investments and Company Administration said agricultural foreign direct investment (FDI) was US$7.2 million during the 2015-16 fiscal year. The sector received US$138.8 million in 2010-11 and […]

New rules planned for government tenders

Subscribe to our tender alert mailing list The new rules will govern tender practices for this financial year, said U Saw Hla Tun, a member of the committee. Existing rules relating to contracts awarded by ministries have not been widely followed, he said, resulting in a lack of transparency in government-led projects. In 2013 the […]

Myanmar offshore exploration continues despite low oil prices

Myanmar authorities announced the latest offshore activities last week through state-run newspapers. International companies have now started surveys at almost half of all blocks awarded in the 2013 bidding round. Meanwhile, production remains steady at Myanmar’s existing offshore gas fields – Yadana, Yetagun, Shwe and Zawtika – officials said. France’s Total E&P Myanmar launched 2D […]

Chinese firm to restart Myanmar’s only coal plant

China’s Wuxi Huagaung Electric Power Engineering is upgrading the entire Tigyit plant in southern Shan State near to the famous Inle Lake, which has been out of use for several years. Local authorities held a public meeting in a village near to the site on April 24 to explain the company’s environmental and social impact […]

Employment rises throughout U Thein Sein administration

The five-year term in office of President U Thein Sein saw an increase in foreign investment into Myanmar, with a 67.85 per cent increase in employment opportunities, according to a statement released by the Myanmar Investment Commission on 30 March. During the 2011-12 fiscal year, there was an increase of 6,804 employees working for foreign […]

Central Bank manoeuvres rise in kyat value

The value of the Myanmar kyat has risen due to the efforts of the Central Bank of Myanmar, according to Xinhua News Agency. The kyat value rose gradually starting from the beginning of this year following a year of declining value compared to the US dollar, according to local money changers. On 2 April, US$1 […]