Unblocking the path to capital freedom for SMEs

Myanmar’s financial sector must progress towards becoming more inclusive of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which form the backbone of the country’s economy, but face difficulties obtaining access to funds for expansion and growth. “We need to liberalise the financial sector to encourage start-ups and support SMEs. This involves integrating the full-range of financial services […]

Mandalay, gateway to India, China: US firms

To pave the way for making this a reality, a high level business delegation led by the American Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar (AMCHAM Myanmar), visited Mandalay and met with government officials. Andrew Lee, a AMCHAM Myanmar Executive Committee member and Country Manager for GE said, “As the second largest city in Myanmar and with […]

What do Local and International Businesses Make of The Belt and Road?

Businesses in Myanmar generally welcome the Belt and Road Initiative’s (BRI) investment boost for the country’s infrastructure development. Some urged Myanmar to be more proactive in navigating its involvement in the scheme. Many emphasised the importance of transparency, public engagement and adhering to international practices. But some have also expressed reservation and scepticism against China’s ambitious […]

The Land Rush in Myanmar

After decades of military rule, Myanmar at last has a democratically elected government. Longtime opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party took charge in March, with her ally Htin Kyaw becoming president and the Nobel laureate herself serving as foreign affairs minister. In response, the U.S. last month announced a partial rollback of economic sanctions […]

Myanmar one of the preferred countries for investment by US firms

Indonesia remains the most preferred destination in the Asean region of American companies for their future expansion despite the many challenges they encounter in doing business in the country, a recent regional survey has found. The Asean Business Survey Outlook 2015, carried out by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Singapore and the US Chamber […]

Soaring rent, limited infrastructure and skilled workers blocking investment

The high cost of living and rent, plus limited infrastructure and skilled workers are the major negative factors that deter potential investors, according to the American Chamber of Commerce. Dr Soe Htun, a businessman, explained: “Insufficient infrastructure and buildings lead to high cost of living. This burdens investors, both local and foreign. The government should […]

American Chamber of Commerce to Launch Myanmar Chapter

The American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) will launch a Burma chapter at the end of the month, another signal that businesses from the United States are showing a greater interest in a country that was off-limits to most American investors until-mid 2012. The launch event will take place at Rangoon’s Chatrium Hotel on Oct. 31 […]