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GrabPay Mobile Wallet Will Likely Hit Myanmar in 2019

After Grab’s launch into Myanmar in 2017, the ride-hailing giant intends to follow-up with the expansion of their e-wallet GrabPay, in the ride-hailing giant’s ongoing Southeast Asia takeover strategy. GrabPay is considering Myanmar alongside Cambodia for expansion of its mobile payments service, along with a potential expansion of its range of business throughout ASEAN countries, […]

China port pact in focus as President visits Myanmar

President Ram Nath Kovind’s first visit to Myanmar starting on Monday will be an occasion to build upon the strong bilateral relationship with India’s biggest link with the Asean region. However, with Myanmar signing the Kyaukpyu port project with China in November, officials in India are concerned that this port could become a greater security […]

GrabPay sets sights on Cambodia and Myanmar

Southeast Asia’s largest ride-hailing group plans to take its mobile payments service into Cambodia and Myanmar as it expands its range of businesses throughout ASEAN countries, according to a senior executive. Reuben Lai, senior managing director of the Singapore-based company’s financial arm, identified the two countries as next on the list. Grab’s ride-hailing app is […]

Myanmar tops poor nations’ FDI league as China cash flows in

JAKARTA — Myanmar attracted the most foreign direct investment of any of the world’s so-called “least developed countries” in 2017, even as the nation’s reputation plummeted over its forced expulsion of tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims. The $4.3 billion worth of realized FDI that went into the resource-rich Southeast Asian country put it on […]

More Singapore firms planning to invest in Myanmar in next two years

Singapore companies have big plans to expand in ASEAN over the next two years and Myanmar, with its growth potential and overall investment climate, is on the cards for many, according to a recent survey by the Singapore Business Federation (SBF). The survey, conducted from December 2017 to March 2018, collected views from 1036 Singapore […]

Illicit imports threaten Myanmar’s e-commerce players

The commerce ministry committed to developing the country’s nascent e-commerce sector as a means to boost trade and create jobs, but the lack of infrastructure and rampant illicit trade pose a serious threat to the emerging industry. The report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) titled “Rapid eTrade Readiness Assessment of […]

Mandalay’s challenging road to becoming a smart city

At the 32nd ASEAN Summit in Singapore in April, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called for an ASEAN Smart Cities Network to assist smart and sustainable development in 26 cities in ASEAN. Earlier this month, a list of the 10 most promising cities among the 26 was highlighted by Cristina Lago, online editor of […]

Colliers Property Report – Yangon Service Apartment Q3 2018

SUMMARY & RECOMMENDATIONS Since Q4 2017, no new projects were introduced. During the past four quarters, Yangon only witnessed renovation and expansion initiatives from the already existing developments. In turn, as at the end of Q3 2018, the citywide occupancy rate managed to rise above 84%. Conversely, rental rates across all unit categories have marginally […]

Daw Suu pitches Myanmar to ASEAN, vows to improve business environment

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Singapore yesterday sought to drum up investor interest in Myanmar, couching the country’s economy as “Southeast Asia’s final frontier market with innumerable investment opportunities.” Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was delivering her keynote speech at the 2018 ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in the city state, where […]

Kyaukphyu port: What happens next?

After more than two years of negotiations, the Myanmar government and China’s state-owned CITIC Group signed the framework agreement for the proposed US$1.3 billion deep-sea port in Kyaukphyu on November 8. At the press conference, CITIC chair Chang Zhenming said this meant “the beginning of further steps”. “Signing this agreement is the starting step for […]