Starbucks to open first outlet in Yangon, taps Myanmar for growth in ASEAN

American coffee franchise Starbucks will soon open its first outlet in Yangon, Myanmar, leaving Laos the only market in ASEAN it has yet to penetrate. On May 12, the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) endorsed Coffee Concepts Myanmar Ltd (CCM), a wholly foreign-owned food and beverage services provider. CCM is the operator of Starbucks in Myanmar, […]

Yangon Chief Minister Unveils 5-Point Vision for Economic Growth

YANGON — Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein vowed to focus on economic growth in 2018 and laid out a five-point vision for the city’s development at the Yangon Investment Forum on Wednesday. U Phyo Min Thein said boosting the city’s economy would be one of the regional government’s priorities this year, along with […]

Ministries to select projects for Belt and Road economic corridors

Preparations are being made for Myanmar to select its priorities among planned projects along the China-Myanmar economic corridors supported by the Beijing-led Belt and Road Initiative, U Than Aung Kyaw, deputy director-general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) told The Myanmar Times. Traders from China will be arriving shortly to carry out […]

Yangon works with China to lay down development plan for new city project

New Yangon Development Company (NYDC) on Monday signed a framework agreement with China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) under which the two parties will carry out the necessary surveys and studies needed to develop and implement a new city in Yangon. NYDC is backed by the Yangon Regional Government, while CCCC is one of the largest […]

Yangon focuses on creating growth opportunities, raising living standards

The Yangon Regional Government is drawing up a master plan with the aid of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency and Korea International Cooperation Agency to transform Yangon into an economic hub with job and business opportunities for residents and investors, according to a report on the government’s performance by state-owned media yesterday. Topping the list […]

Disappointment at government hasn’t eroded support among businesses: academic

The disappointment at the current government’s sluggish economic reforms has not eroded the support among businesses, according to a Mandalay and Bangkok-based academic. On the contrary, businesses are worried that a failure of the administration will roll the country back to the junta era. The Myanmar Times talked to Pietro Borsano, lecturer at Mandalay International […]

Myanmar’s electricity goals depend on ODA

With 5.5 percent annual growth of gross domestic product, Myanmar was one of the fastest growing countries in ASEAN during 2011-2015. The growth of Myanmar’s economy is heavily influenced by the government’s focus on promoting special economic zones among investors.Subject to the implementation of this focus, infrastructure development in energy is vitally important to make […]

Vietnam, Myanmar look towards 1 bln USD in two-way trade

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and State Counselor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi agreed to further deepen bilateral trade and investment on win-win basis towards achieving 1 billion USD or higher in two-way trade during their talks in Hanoi on April 19. The talks took place right after the welcome ceremony […]

Investor sentiment buoyant in ASEAN; PH leads in GDP growth forecast

Despite concerns on the domestic tax environment in the Philippines, the country still ranks highest in terms of high GDP growth projection in ASEAN, which growth is partly driven by government spending, according to a survey. The Oxford Business Group launched its edition of the Business Barometer: OBG in ASEAN CEO Survey, which pointed to […]

Investor interest in New Yangon City project rises, more FDI expected

Since its launch in early April, investor interest in the New Yangon City project from China, South Korea and ASEAN has been on the rise, Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein said during a press conference at the 2018 Yangon Investment Forum on April 20. The Yangon Region Government is now courting foreign direct […]