The Digital Revolution: From Mandalay to Manchester

In the era of the global digital distribution, products made in Mandalay can be sold in Manchester cost-effectively – the key to that economic miracle is the mobile phone. The Myanmar Times spoke to James Song after his trip to Phnom Penh in Cambodia for the World Economic Forum (WEF) on ASEAN 2017. This year, […]

Economy to Grow by Seven Percent This Fiscal Year, Observer Group Predicts

RANGOON — Burma’s economy is predicted to grow by at least seven percent in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 fiscal years after growth of six percent last fiscal year, predicted regional observer group ASEAN +3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO). Moderate growth in Burma last fiscal year (6.3 percent) compared to 7.3 percent the year before was […]

High Rates on Loans for Affordable Homes Are ‘Shutting Poorer Families Out of the Market’

The interest rates charged by banks on loans used to help low-income families purchase affordable hous­ing units are too high, the Chairman of the Myan­mar Real Estate Services Association has said. U Khin Maung Thant said that while it was a“great thing” that banks were providing loans to help people buy afford­able apartments, the rates […]

Flymya.com acquires UK technology for $600,000

As Tour Operator in Myanmar are eyeing to partner with foreign firms to serve their clients better, Flymya.com, the nation’s leading hotels and tours services website, has acquired Switch.cm, a London-based start-up specialising in building reservations platforms for the hotel and airline industry, for US$ 600,000. Mike Than Tun Win, chief executive officer of Flymya.com, […]

Myanmar Capital Markets Essential for Private Sector: IFC

International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Myanmar (SECM) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in March to strengthen corporate governance regulatory standards and practices in Myanmar. In its press statement, the IFC said that a better regulated market will bolster investor confidence and […]

Myanmar and ASEAN A Great Unknown to Trump

Eric Rose is lead director of Herzfeld Rubin Meyer & Rose (“HRMR”), the first US law firm established in Myanmar. HRMR is a founding member of the American Chamber of Commerce Myanmar, and Mr Rose serves on its Executive Committee, and also chairs its HR Committee. In an exclusive interview with the Myanmar Times, he […]

Confident iflix aims high in Myanmar

Greenlee said in an exclusive interview that Myanmar’s leap in the telecommunications sector would fuel the firm’s growth in the nation. “It is the first time that subscription video on demand [SvoD] service is available in Myanmar. So, we have set a benchmark again. We expect to be highly successful,” she said. “Myanmar is the […]

British Trade Mission Targets ASEAN Integration

The UK Department of International Trade (DIT) is leading a trade mission to Southeast Asia and the delegation will visit Myanmar on March 30 and 31. The trade mission focuses on infrastructure, energy and education. Before coming to Myanmar, the trade mission to Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Southeast Asia has met with the ADB at […]

Two-Lane Highway to Link Thailand and Dawei SEZ

​​ Visits to Myanmar led by the deputy prime minister of Thailand, followed by a visit from the minister of transportation of Thailand who met with Vice President Henry Van Thio in February, resulted in an agreement to continue the Dawei SEZ project within a month. Pisanu Suvanajata, the Thai ambassador to Myanmar who attended […]

South Korea in Myanmar: Missing the Train to Naypyitaw?

South Korea’s interest in Myanmar lies in its economic assets: cheaper labor costs, a sizable market of around 51 million people, and natural resource wealth. Yet Myanmar has unrealized potential to play a much greater strategic role for South Korea. South Korea’s economic presence in the country is wide-ranging and Seoul has emerged as an […]