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Speculative Yangon City Mega-Project Draws ‘White Elephant’ Concerns for Myanmar

YANGON: On the western bank of the muddy Hlaing River, development and prosperity is a distant view. It can be seen across the expanse of water in the rising apartment blocks, office buildings and grinding industry. Over there is Yangon proper, a city of some six million people and the economic hub of Myanmar. Over […]

Time to Deliver

The Myanmar government knows it needs to improve the country’s economic performance and extend the benefits of development more evenly across society. With elections only a year away, the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) needs some big wins to prove to the country’s entrepreneurs and the urban middle class that it is pro-business. In […]

Philippines Firms Eye ASEAN’s last Frontiers

PHILIPPINE conglomerates are watching out for opportunities in less developed but fast-growing Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members, drawn by the “unique needs” of these markets. Gross domestic product growth projections of the Asian Development Bank, International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office for Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar have […]

With 70% Unbanked Population, Myanmar Bets on Fintech to Improve Financial Inclusion

Despite the Myanmar government’s push to expand access to financial services, the country still trails far behind the rest of Asia in rates of participation in formal financial services, financial literacy, savings rates and the use of digital financial services, according to a new report by social enterprise ONOW Myanmar. But fintech and mobile technology […]

The Rise and Fall of an Australian Media Mogul in Southeast Asia

ROSS DUNKLEY was thinking of quitting journalism when he met Rupert Murdoch, a fellow Australian, on a friend’s yacht off the coast of Rhode Island during the America’s Cup boat race in 1983. He had grown tired of working for other people in a newsroom; he wanted to return to his family roots and become […]

Yoma Shares Surge on $238m Capital Tie-Up with Ayala

The move is designed to strengthen Yoma’s core businesses in Myanmar’s rapidly growing economy. According to a statement released on Thursday morning, Ayala will invest up to $237.5 million in Singapore-listed Yoma as well as Yangon-listed First Myanmar Investment, taking a 20% stake in each company, both of which are controlled by Myanmar tycoon Serge […]

New Inbound Flights Raise Prospects for Myanmar Tourism

Tourism players are hopeful that a string of new flights will boost inbound tourism to Myanmar. In recent months, a number of airlines have started operating new routes connecting China with Myanmar, with other international airlines announcing imminent flights. Chinese destinations include new routes to Hangzhou, Shanghai and Wuhan. Last month, Indian LCC IndiGo Airlines […]

Singapore-listed Yoma in tie-up with Ayala unit for renewable energy projects in Myanmar

SINGAPORE – Myanmar-focused Yoma Strategic Holdings said on Monday it will form a strategic partnership with AC Energy, the energy platform of Philippine conglomerate Ayala Corporation. The two companies are looking to establish a 50:50 joint venture (JV) to scale up Yoma Micro Power (S) Pte Ltd (YMP) and to explore developing around 200 megawatts […]

Myanmar’s farmers go hi-tech

\ According to the World Bank, Asia supports the food demands of 60 percent of the global population by using just 23 percent of the world’s agricultural land. Due to an increasing population and decreasing land mass, the role of technology in agriculture is key. This is where the booming start-up scene in Southeast Asia […]

Tourist arrivals rise 3.15% in ’18

Myanmar received over 3.55 million foreign tourists last year, a 3.15 percent increase over the 3.44 million in 2017, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. “During 2018, tourist arrivals from western countries were low, and most visitors came from Asia, so the amount of tourism income will be different than last year, but […]