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Myanmar plans smart city in Thilawa SEZ

The Thilawa Special Economic Zone Management Committee said it plans to invite foreign developers to set up a smart city in the Thilawa SEZ. Japan has proposed drafting a master plan for the project, and the plan is expected to be finished within this year. The proposal came up during a workshop on Implementation of […]

Keeping the menorah burning in Myanmar

The corner of MahaBandoola and 26th Street bustles with food service, tightly packed fashion stores, teashops and vendors. The cars squeeze by as people weave their way up and down on their daily business. The place is thriving all day, busy enough that unless you knew what you were looking for, you could easily miss […]

Foreign insurance firms can give Myanmar’s lagging insurance market a much-needed boost

It has been a long time coming, but foreign insurance companies will soon be able to operate in Myanmar. Plans to liberalise the insurance market in this way were first announced in 2011. But only now has the government given the regulations the go-ahead. It is too late for those companies that left after becoming […]

Garment industry in Laos continues to face challenges

Apparel firms in Laos are facing several problems ranging from shortage of skilled labour to survival, according to the Association of the Lao Garment Industry. Customers want quality and the manufacturers have little power to bargain the buying prices as their costs rise, association president Xaybandith Rasphone told its eighth general assembly last month. Shortage […]

MOEE to drill for natural gas in Magwe

A test oil well will be drilled in Myaing township, Magwe Region to determine the presence of oil or gas, U Nyan Tun, deputy managing director from Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) , said during the Ministry of Energy and Electricity’s (MOEE) month press conference yesterday. It will be the first time a test […]

Local banks permitted to extend more mortgages

Local banks have been permitted to allocated 5 percent of their total loan portfolio towards mortgages not exceeding three years, the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) said in a statement on Tuesday. The CBM’s aim is to generate more growth and development in the local banking sector and create more opportunities for people to own […]

EoI, RfP for insurance services invited

Foreign insurance companies which want to provide insurance services, can get Expression of Interest (EoI) and Request for Proposal (RfP), at www.frd.gov.com, an official website of Financial Regulatory Department at Ministry of Planning and Finance. The ministry issued the statement dated January 2, allowing the foreign insurance companies to offer insurance services in the country. […]

After three years, regulations under Condominium Law firm up

The Ministry of Construction has announced the formation of a management committee to oversee the implementation of regulations under the Condominium Law 2016 and Condominium Rules 2017. In the announcement on January 5, the ministry said the management committee will register new and existing property developments that meet the definitions of condominiums in the country […]

China faces backlash as it bids to rekindle stalled US$3.6 billion Myitsone Dam project

Political and religious leaders in Myanmar’s Kachin state have hit back at apparent efforts by Beijing to breathe new life into a controversial China-funded dam project as the Southeast Asian nation comes under fire from the West over its treatment of the Rohingya Muslims. In a joint statement released on Monday, three ethnic Kachin political […]

Chin State seeks 10 year tax exemptions

The Chin State Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) is asking the government for approval to raise the tax-exempt period granted to investors in the state to be raised Ceu Hlei Lian, the chair of the Chin State Chamber of Commerce and Industry submitted the request to the Private Sector Development Committee headed by Vice […]