Myanmar taps Israeli expertise in agriculture

ISRAELI expertise and technologies in agriculture are supporting Myanmar’s efforts in reforming its vast agriculture sector, while the recently enforced investment protection agreement is expected to boost inward investments for Myanmar in the long run. Following the signing of an agreement for Reciprocal Promotion and Protecting of Investments between the two countries in October 2014, […]

ASEAN trade pact strengthens Myanmar’s ties with Australia, New Zealand

THE free trade agreement (FTA) between ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand makes Myanmar products more competitive in the two biggest markets in Australasia, according to trade commissioners from Australia and New Zealand. There is a huge potential for trade to grow in the agriculture sector, as all three countries are rich in farms and fisheries. […]

Myanmar’s Yoma links up with Proximity to boost farm loans

YOMA Bank, Myanmar’s fourth-largest bank by assets with more than 3,000 employees and 72 branches across the nation, has signed a funding agreement with Proximity Designs for 7.3 billion kyats (Bt178.5 million), said a bank executive. Hal Bosher, adviser to the chairman and CEO of Yoma Bank, said the partnership with Proximity Designs, which runs […]

Myanmar must establish cultivation of new plant species and seeds

Myanmar must build businesses in the cultivation of new plant species and seed production, Union Minister for Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr Aung Thu said. “As the agriculture sector is the main driver of the country’s economy and food security, I urge businesses to carry out sustainable seed production and work with the […]

Myanmar needs to modernise small farms to rev up sluggish sector

The London-based Oxford Business Group (OBG) said the modernisation of the small farm production “will require investment, policy reform and harmonisation between the government, the private sector and the civil society.” The think-tank also underscored the need to focus more in educating the farmers as well as in research and development. “According to the Ministry […]

Trade on the rise, more FDI needed: U Ye Min Aung UMFCCI VP

U Ye Min Aung, vice president of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, told the Global New Light of Myanmar his views on Myanmar’s economy in an exclusive interview. Q: Please tell us about the current economic situation in Myanmar? A: At the present period, global economy […]

NongHyup Finance Myanmar considers capital increase for expansion

This is the third of a series highlighting Korean banks’ operations in Southeast Asian countries. NongHyup Finance Myanmar is considering raising capital to finance its expansion in the region, said Kim Jong-hee, managing director of the bank. Also, it will invest in equities of banks in Myanmar for strategic partnerships when opportunities arise as the […]

Myanmar plans to increase FDI in agriculture sector

In a bid to increase investments in the local farm sector, the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration is planning to link the agriculture and industry sectors, its deputy director-general said. Currently, only 0.15 percent of foreign direct investment flowed into the country’s agriculture industry. That is why the government has arranged to link the […]

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 […]

Foreign businesses invited to invest in Myanmar’s SEZs

Nay Pyi Taw –The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) invited international investors to work in Myanmar’s three special economic zones – Thilawa, Dawei and Kyaukphyu – at the 11th Asean Business and Investment Summit on November 12. Aung Naing Oo, the secretary of the commission said, “We are inviting investors who are interested in Thilawa to […]