Myanmar risks falling into a China debt trap

To understand China’s top priority in Myanmar, forget Beijing’s involvement in the country’s sputtering peace process, or efforts to restart its backed but now suspended US$3.9 billion Myitsone hydroelectric dam, or even securing rights to extract copper at the locally resisted Letpadaung mine outside of Mandalay. Those are all subordinate interests to what China really […]

Japan Inc. pours cash into Myanmar despite Rohingya crisis

YANGON — Japanese companies are investing aggressively in Myanmar with help from Tokyo, even as their European and American counterparts shy away while hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims flee the country to escape persecution. Japan’s businesses were approved to devote a record $1.47 billion to the Southeast Asian nation for the fiscal year ended […]

Joint Chamber Networking – CCI France & AmCham on 18th May 2017

This is a not to be missed networking session organized by both the French and American Chambers in Myanmar. You can expect to see a big turnout of expatriates and local Myanmar business people at this event. BUSINESS NETWORKING SIGNUP FORM DO YOU WANT TO BE INFORMED OF NETWORKING SESSION HERE IN YANGON?If you are […]

Switzerland to Buy Myanmar Coffee as Industry Explores New Markets for Quality Beans

Myanmar will send 18 tons of medium-grade coffee to Switzerland this month, the latest ship­ment to one of several far-flung richer countries that are seen as vital to sustaining the nascent in­dustry. It will be the second 18 ton shipment to the coun­try, following a batch that was sent last year, the My­anmar Coffee Association […]

Myanmar Confident of Topping $6 Bn FDI

​​ THE MYANMAR Investment Commission is confident of reaching its $6 billion (Bt216 billion) target for foreign direct investment in the 2016 fiscal year to March 31, although the nine-month figure accounts for only slightly half of the target. Despite the decline in FDI inflow, Aung Naing Oo, director-general of the Directorate of Investment and […]

Myanmar’s best-known business house is joining up with multinationals

THE maroon hot-air balloons which carry tourists over Bagan—an ancient city teeming with crumbling red-brick temples—are famous in Myanmar. The fleet belongs to one of the country’s best-known tycoons. Since the pariah nation began to open up in 2011, Serge Pun has gradually transformed an empire built on property into a conglomerate with interests in […]

Taiyo Nippon Sanso to turn out industrial gases in Myanmar

TOKYO — Taiyo Nippon Sanso will begin producing industrial gases in Myanmar in 2018 as demand looks to expand. The gas producer will establish a local affiliate within the year and bring in equipment to operate a plant in the Yangon area, investing a total of 1 billion yen ($9.78 million). With Japanese companies increasingly setting up operations in Myanmar, Taiyo Nippon Sanso expects steady […]

Plastic chips away at cash’s dominance in Myanmar

YANGON — Credit cards are gaining traction in Myanmar, where cash has long been king, with foreign players such as China UnionPay and Japan’s JCB lured by rising consumer incomes and an increasingly robust financial infrastructure. JCB, in conjunction with Myanmar Payment Union and Ayeyarwady Bank, also known as Aya Bank, debuted a credit card Tuesday […]

With Sanctions Eased, US Sees Economic Potential in Myanmar

STATE DEPARTMENT — U.S. officials are looking to boost economic engagement with Myanmar, a country that has been dubbed by some as “the final frontier” because it is one of the last markets largely untouched by Western companies. The United States imposed heavy economic sanctions on Myanmar in 1997 over the ruling military junta’s repression […]

Big car opportunity in tiny Myanmar; can India drive home the advantage?

After half a century of isolation, Myanmar has finally opened up its market. It is a big country with a population of 51 million, strategically located between India, China and Thailand, with GDP growth of 8.7% in 2014—this growth is expected to be in a similar range until 2019. Since the formation of a new […]