China, Myanmar discuss establishment of border economic cooperation zone

The establishment of China-Myanmar border economic cooperation zone is being discussed between the two governments. The government of Yunnan Province has invested US$10 billion in Myanmar, while Myanmar entrepreneurs have also invested $100 million in the province, according to a press release. The press release came after a regular meeting between the Republic of the […]

Myanmar moves forward

The government of Myanmar is about to take dramatic steps to spur economic development and improve government efficiency. Several significant cabinet changes are in the pipeline, detailed economic strategies are being finalised and a shake-up in the bureaucracy is already under way. These planned changes in ministerial personnel are aimed at strengthening the government’s leadership […]

Mon State Missing Out on Rubber Profits

MAWLAMYINE, Mon State — Mon State rubber, which accounts for nearly half of Myanmar’s production of rubber, loses hundreds of millions of kyats in rubber exports because it is unable to produce high-grade rubber and relies solely on the Chinese market for exports, according to Mon State minister for agriculture, livestock, transportation and communications U […]

Draft Companies Law designed to remove obstacles for foreign investment

A new Myanmar Companies Law currently being drafted by legislators will remove cumbersome restrictions and make foreign investment easier, said Dr Myat Nyana Soe, the secretary of Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committee. “The draft law was approved by Amyotha Hluttaw and the amendments made by Aymotha Hluttaw and Bill Committee are already submitted to Pyithu Hluttaw. […]

Increased investment and trade for Myanmar

U Aung Naing Oo, the Director General of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA), said the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has approved 26 domestic and foreign companies to conduct investment in Myanmar. Nineteen of the approved companies are foreign businesses. They include 12 companies from the industrial sector, 1 company from the livestock […]

Trade deficit hit US$1.4 billion in past three months

Myanmar’s trade deficit reached US$1.4 billion in the past three months, according to the Commerce Ministry. External trade from 1 April to 30 June this was an estimated $7.7 billion. Exports were worth $3.2 billion and imports were $4.6 billion. Myanmar’s export market includes extractives including minerals, natural gas, agriculture and fisheries products. Agribusiness plays […]

Twelve enterprises recently permitted by MIC

The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) permitted 12 enterprises which are in line with investment regulations and laws in the current fiscal year 2017-2018, according to a recent meeting of MIC. A total of 4,343 job opportunities are created from those permitted enterprises. They consist of two Myanmar citizen enterprises, two foreign enterprises and eight joint […]

Foreign Investment in Agriculture Rests on Policy Support, Innovation, Says Dentons

Myanmar’s agri­cultural sector is ‘very close’ to seeing an uptick in for­eign investment but only if the government contin­ues providing policy sup­port and if investors are willing to ‘innovate’, ac­cording to the Myanmar resident partner of the world’s largest law firm. After decades of neglect, Myanmar’s largest indus­try lags well behind that of regional neighbours […]

Sagaing minister slams mining law

The Sagaing Region minister for agriculture and livestock criticised the Mining Law for being weak. Kamzar Mone said the gold miners that operated recklessly continued their work after paying fines, and he claimed the law had flaws and needed reforms. “The fines for a gold miner for violating the law range from Ks500,000 (US$370) to […]

Titan Petrochemicals getting into Myanmar

The group said in a press release that its Surplus Full unit would be forming a 49-51 joint venture with a paid up capital of RMB10m ($1.5m) with Yunnan Investment Group to promote a 5m tonne oil refinery project in Myanmar as well as develop other business in the energy, tourism, railway and finance industries. […]