Will Myanmar become a conduit for Iranian crude into China?

On June 1, sometime between the US withdrawal from the JCPOA in early May, and its demand in late June that Asian buyers fully halt Iranian oil purchases, PetroChina snuck in a shipment of Iranian crude through Myanmar to its Yunnan Petrochemical refinery in southern China. On any other route, this would have been just […]

DICA releases additional guidelines for education investments

The Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) has released a list of additional guidelines and specifications to structure developments in the Myanmar education sector. The list, which was announced by DICA on August 10, includes a total of 17 points and comes four months after the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) on April 20 issued […]

Myanmar opens visa-on-arrival door

YANGON, 31 July 2018: Myanmar confirmed late last week it would ease visa procedures for three nationalities 1 October. Tourism officials quoted government sources saying tourists from Japan, South Korea and China would be granted a visa-on-arrival for up to 28 days. Details were sketchy with none of the official websites for the Hotels and […]

Yangon stock exchange seeks foreign investor interest

THE Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) recently had a few champagne moments with the first “real” initial public offering by a Myanmar telecom company. And even while the bubbly was still fizzing another company was eyeing a listing. And, the moment foreign investors had been waiting for is almost here. For a start, foreigners residing in […]

IFC, partners working toward boosting Myanmar rice industry

YANGON, MYANMAR — IFC through a partnership with Australia, the United Kingdom and Japan signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF) to support sustainable growth of Myanmar’s rice industry. The MoU aims to accelerate changes in the industry through development, improvement, and promotion of milled rice standards and paddy grading […]

IFC, YCDC to improve construction permit system

The International Financial Corporation (IFC) the sister organisation of the World Bank, is partnering with the Yangon City Development Committee(YCDC) to reform the city’s construction permit system and optimise the role of the private firms. “The goal of this partnership with IFC is to streamline and automate Yangon’s construction permit process by June 2019. This […]

Is country ready for full foreign investment in education?

According to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration, Singapore, New Zealand, and Australia are interested in investing in Myanmar’s education, with Singapore having conveyed the most willingness. The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has allowed foreigners to make full capital investment in Myanmar, according to notification 7/2018 issued by the MIC on April 20. Thus, […]

Skiold enters Myanmar market

The Danish company Skiold has entered the Myanmar market. The company, which has its headquarters in the small Danish town of Sæby, specializes in providing equipment for full-line pig farms, feed production plants and project solutions for the feed, grain, seed and pig industries. Since 2000, the company has moved its businesses into Asia and […]

A New Harbinger of Good Governance – Myanmar’s Institute of Directors

This week marks the launch of an important market institution – the Myanmar Institute of Directors (MIoD), the first independent, private sector-led organization promoting best corporate governance standards and practices in the country. This is a significant step in Myanmar’s ongoing market reforms and sends a strong signal to the global business community the country’s […]

Teaching upgrade plan to start in December

A pilot programme to upgrade education colleges will begin in December 2018 at two colleges, according to U Aung Aung Min, deputy director general of the Department of Higher Education. The programme aims to upgrade teaching quality by increasing teacher qualifications, in line with the National Education Strategic Plan (2016-2021). Part of the plan is […]