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Dawei SEZ Draws Investor Interest, but Lacks Infrastructure

Businesses from China, Thailand, Korea and Japan, including those from the power and logistics sectors, have said they are keen to invest in the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Tanintharyi, which is near the Thai border. Investor interest in Dawei, which has yet to be developed, has been on the rise since Myanmar and […]

Customs issues impact Singapore Myanmar Investco third quarter results

MYANMAR. Singapore Myanmar Investco Limited (SMI) has reported a 16.6% year-on-year decrease in revenue in the third quarter, to US$5.5 million. The company, which manages duty free and food & beverage outlets at Yangon Airport’s international terminal, attributed the decline to reduced retail sales as a result of Myanmar Customs restricting some key duty free […]

What to expect from Myanmar’s top five export sectors

Even though Myanmar managed to bring down its trade deficit by US$500 million to $1.3 billion during the period between April 1 and September 30 from the same period last year, the volatile exchange rate and rising oil prices may well continue to drive up import costs in the coming months. U Yan Naing Tun, […]

Real Estate Sector to Pick up on Back of Foreign Demand

Demand in the Myanmar real estate market is expected to pick up in 2018 now that the rules to the new Condominium Law have been released. Under the new rules, property investments by foreigners are expected to spike, said U Aung Naing Oo, secretary of the Myanmar Investment Commission. The rules, which were released in […]

Yangon Stock Exchange launched Online Trading System for securities companies

On December 26, 2017, SECM granted the approval for online trading to a handful of securities companies, which passed online trading tests and are ready for the system. The companies are the Myanmar Securities Exchange Center (MSEC), KBZ Stirling Coleman Securities (KBZSC), CB Securities and AYA Trust Securities. They will be ready to offer services […]

Why Can’t Myanmar Kids Learn English?

Myanmar students still lack proficiency in the English language after eleven years of study in basic education schools. According to the EF English Proficiency Index 2017, which measures English language skills in 116 countries, several Asia-Pacific countries rank low or very low. Except for Indonesia, all ASEAN countries have compulsory classes in English at the primary […]

Better legislation to attract Austbusinesses to enter Myanmar

Though Myanmar has yet to receive investment from Australia in fiscal year 201718, the nation’s improved business regulations should arouse Australian investors’ interest, according to a diplomat. Nick Cumpston, economic counsellor at the Australian Embassy, said in an exclusive interview that the Union Parliament’s recent passage of the new Myanmar Companies Law could spur Australian […]

Strengthening Myanmar’s banking sector is key to economic growth

Central to Myanmar’s economic development is the reform of its finance sector and specifically its banking sector. Banks play a fundamental role in the transformation of market economies. Recently the government has enacted a series of laws intended to reform and strengthen its banking institutions to restore investors’ confidence and to make capital more accessible. […]

Yangon Receives Mobile Power Generator by GE

Yangon will deploy a new K30 billion (US$22 million) 25-megawatt mobile generator to meet the city’s electricity demand during peak periods and emergencies. The TM2500 generator (pictured below) by GE Myanmar will be funded under the President’s Reserve Fund. GE and its partner, Golden Green Energy, transferred the TM2500 to the Yangon Region Government in […]

Solving Myanmar’s Power Problem

ABB believes microgrids are the solution to Myanmar’s power shortage problems. A senior executive at the power grid company explains how it can be done. Stay in Yangon long enough and you’ll probably experience the electricity going off halfway through your meal at one of the city’s many restaurants. The problem is so common in the […]