Modi Backs India-Myanmar-Thailand Highway’s Indochina Extension

NEW DELHI — India is pushing an ambitious highway initiative through Myanmar and Thailand to connect with Vietnam through Cambodia and Laos, which observers of Southeast Asia see as part of its efforts to counter China’s Belt and Road Intiative (BRI) project. Connectivity with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which comprises Brunei, Cambodia, […]

Myanmar Boosts Electricity Access Through Off-Grid Solutions

Khant Zaw, director general at the Department of Rural Development (DRD), said US$90 million would be used for implementation of off-grid projects which would run from 2016 to 2021. Upon completion, the project aims to implement solar home system in 8,400 villages and mini-grid projects in 350 villages that are situated over 10 miles away […]

Bouygues, Kajima, Taisei win $1.1bn of Work in Myanmar as Rohingya Crisis Continues

While international attention is focussed on the plight of more than 800,000 Rohingya Muslims forced from their homes in Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine state and sheltering in refugee camps in Bangladesh, the increase in foreign investment into Myanmar continues, leading to a rush to build modern office complexes in Yangon, the country’s commercial capital. Today it […]

Yoma Strategic profits from equipment sales, KFC expansion in Myanmar

On October 27, Yoma Strategic, an affiliate of First Myanmar Investments Company (FMI), which is listed on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX), announced a strong set of financial results for the period ended September 30. The company announced revenues amounting to S$59 million for the six months to September 30, 2017, representing an increase of […]

New companies Act to go into effect early next year

A new Myanmar Companies Act will be enacted in early 2018 to expedite the reregistration process for companies that come to invest in the country, said Union Minister for Planning and Finance Kyaw Win. The minister was speaking at the 13th joint meeting of the Myanmar Japan CCI Business Cooperation Committees. “Now, companies have to […]

Myanmar mulls reforms to meet infrastructure funding

YANGON — With Myanmar mired in the Rohingya humanitarian crisis and few signs of any short-term solution, Aung San Suu Kyi’s government is struggling to maintain recent efforts to shore up the economy as uncertainty assails investment confidence and domestic sentiment. The government is facing an international outcry over its handling of the Rohingya refugee […]

Businesses more optimistic on the Myanmar investment arena compared to last year

Prospects for the Myanmar economy are looking promising despite the unrest in northern Rakhine, officials from the public and private sector said today. Inflation pressures are expected to ease and private and public investments in infrastructure services and non-commodity sectors such as light manufacturing and hospitality are forecast to grow, said U Maung Maung Win, […]

Myanmar expects 6 bln USD foreign direct investment yearly

NAY PYI TAW, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) — Myanmar is expecting to attract about 6 billion U.S. dollars of annual foreign direct investment starting from 2018, U Maung Maung Win, deputy minister of the Ministry of Planning and Finance said Tuesday. In accordance with the Foreign Direct Investment Promotion Plan (FDIPP), the country is expecting about […]

Japan’s aid agency downplays possible clash with China’s BRI

For decades, Japan poured development aid into its own backyard of South-east Asian nations, and reaped the dividends of peace, stability and prosperity in Asia. But some say the Japanese policy of building infrastructure to smoothen regional trade may come into conflict with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) that aims to develop trade routes […]

Kayin state struggles expose Myanmar’s energy dilemma

Myanmar’s renewed interest in coal carries broader risks for the administration. But although a more forward-thinking approach towards greener energy is desirable, renewables come with their own problems. Local and national opposition to a proposed coal plant in Kayin state, eastern Myanmar, has exposed Myanmar’s energy security dilemma. Activists argue the project will have a range of […]