Construction of Bago-Kyaik Hto Expressway to commence in 2022

Construction of an expressway connecting the city of Bago and Kyaik Hto township in Mon State is expected to start in fiscal 2022-23, U Aung Myint Oo, Director General of Department of Highways under the Ministry of Construction, told the Myanmar Times. This comes after the Asian Development Bank (ADB) last week approved a US$483.8 […]

Yangon receives ADB loan to improve water supply system

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$180 million loan to develop and upgrade the water supply system in Yangon. This comes after the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) applied for funds under the Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) for the Yangon City Water Resilience Project. The CDIA is an ADB-backed fund assisting […]

Myanmar’s economic growth to recover but FDI under threat: ADB

Myanmar’s economic growth is expected to recover in the coming 2020-21 fiscal year, but the impact of a weakened global economy may affect foreign direct investments (FDI) into Myanmar in the future, according to a recent outlook report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Myanmar FDI approvals increased to US$4.3 billion for the three quarters […]

ADB to extend loans in support of development in Myanmar

Myanmar is planning to take a US$60 million loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to establish a Credit Guarantee Corporation (CGC), U Maung Maung Win, the Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Planning, Finance, and Industry, said in Parliament on May 21. The proposal was sent by the President. U Maung Maung Win said […]

New Thanlyin-Bago-Kyaikhto highways proposed

The government is set to build new expressways connecting Yangon Region, Bago Region, and Mon State with assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Asian Development Bank (ADB), a senior official of the Ministry of Construction has announced. Deputy Minister of Construction U Kyaw Lin said that work is expected to start soon […]

Myanmar Solar: Lots of Potential, But a Cloudy Outlook for Solar Energy Development and Growth

Solar energy is just beginning to gain some traction in Myanmar, a country that has been gradually opening up its economy and society to the world since 2011. Demand for energy has been growing fast, in parallel with the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member’s economy, and solar energy is competing against a variety […]

Time to Deliver

The Myanmar government knows it needs to improve the country’s economic performance and extend the benefits of development more evenly across society. With elections only a year away, the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) needs some big wins to prove to the country’s entrepreneurs and the urban middle class that it is pro-business. In […]

Philippines Firms Eye ASEAN’s last Frontiers

PHILIPPINE conglomerates are watching out for opportunities in less developed but fast-growing Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members, drawn by the “unique needs” of these markets. Gross domestic product growth projections of the Asian Development Bank, International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office for Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar have […]

Myanmar to commence 10-year bond auctions ‘soon’

Myanmar will start auctioning 10-year sovereign bonds to meet demand for long term debt from the newly minted insurance industry, said Daw Si Si Pyone, Director General of the Treasury Department under the Ministry of Planning and Finance (MoPF). “We are planning to launch auctions for 10-year government treasury bonds soon as demand, mainly from […]

Myanmar needs to accelerate economic reforms to sustain growth: ADB

Presenting an optimistic growth outlook for the current fiscal and the coming years, ADB urges government of Myanmar to continue focusing on economic reforms, particularly in the areas of public finance management, legal and regulatory frameworks and governance and accountability. Pointing out the need for prudent use of scarce resources for infrastructure and skill development […]