Myanmar’s New Struggle: Keeping Foreign Investors Happy

A pariah state for decades, Myanmar’s recent emergence from economic isolation has attracted foreign companies and investors intrigued by the Southeast Asian nation’s untapped potential, abundant natural resources and low wage workforce. The first U.S. fast food restaurant, KFC, opened in 2015 and other assorted Western and Asian brands have popped up across the nation’s […]

Business Chiefs Hail ‘Final Frontier’

​​ ​​ Will Myanmar be able to cope with the fast-paced dynamic landscape of the world’s economic climate as it records the fastest GDP growth in Asia? Is the government doing enough? Is Myanmar equipped to handle the torrent of foreign interests waiting to pour into Myanmar? These were some of the questions business leaders […]

Myanmar Is Next Vietnam With 10% Growth: British Diplomat

Myanmar could be the next Vietnam or Thailand, with the economy having the potential of growing as much as 10 percent, a senior British diplomat said. The Southeast Asian nation, which is opening its economy to investors after decades of military rule, has to overcome challenges including a shortage of power supply, lack of policy […]

Marsh Opens Myanmar Rep Office to Tap Insurance Broking Business

American insurance broking and risk management firm Marsh has opened its Yangon representative office in Myanmar. The Marsh Singapore Yangon Representative Office will conduct market research and feasibility studies for insurance broking business in Myanmar, and provide business support and liaison activities on behalf of Marsh Singapore’s businesses, the company said. Marsh Singapore is a […]

Taking stock of StanChart’s absence

Some local bankers are linking Standard Chartered’s decision not to proceed in the race for a Myanmar banking licence to reports of a possible management shakeup at its United Kingdom headquarters. Industry observers said the United Kingdom-based bank has the most international reach of the 42 banks with a Myanmar representative office. However, Standard Chartered […]

British launch new Chamber of Commerce

The British Chamber of Commerce Myanmar launched on July 16 about a month after receiving government approval, becoming the latest business group to formally open its doors in Myanmar. The organisation aims to provide a network for the business community to represent business interests, and will work with United Kingdom Trade and Investment to support […]

British Ambassasor: British Investors Interested but Cautious about Myanmar

RANGOON — British investment in Burma is on the rise, but problems on the ground in the Southeast Asian frontier market have some investors reluctant to commit, UK Ambassador to Burma Andrew Patrick said at a press conference on Thursday. Patrick, who took up his post in September, said that even though Burma’s transition to […]