Myanmar sees boost in private investment in agriculture

Investment in agriculture by private companies is increasing in Myanmar, raising expectations that the modernization of the sector will progress at last. Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corp. (Mapco) has built a large rice mill in a bid to boost exports of rice, while Myanma Awba Group has launched a project to build an agricultural chemical factory. […]

First Private Bank Cleared for Listing

​​ First Private Bank will become the fourth firm to list on the Yangon Stock Exchange this month. The lender, which claims the oldest banking licence in Myanmar, has published its finances, expansion plans and fears ahead of the listing – offering a window into the challenges facing the country’s smaller banks at the start […]

Three Mandalay Projects Delayed Pending Review

Three Mandalay Region development projects approved under the previous government are being reconsidered under the National League for Democracy administration. The projects are temporarily stalled while experts study potential negative impacts on the local environment and the public, officials have noted. Organising committees have been formed to analyse all three projects, said regional Minister for Electricity, Energy […]

The Root Cause of Unprecedented River Rise

The monsoon had not fully reached its peak yet, but most parts of the country, which lie along the paths of the major rivers, namely: the Ayeyarwady, Chindwin, Dotehtawady, Ngawun, Sittaung and Bago rivers are being seriously inundated. The most noteworthy is the news of the level of the Ayeyardy River at Nyaung Oo, which […]

Yangon to develop river transport express system

The Yangon Region government is planning to build a river express system for passengers – part of fundamental transport reforms that government officials hope will bring a new wave of industrial goods and commuters onto the country’s waterways. Myanmar is unique in Southeast Asia in boasting waterways – primarily the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin rivers – […]

Nay Pyi Taw villages rewired in 100 days electrification plan

The government has arranged to connect 1150 households in Nay Pyi Taw’s Ottarathiri township to the national electricity grid as part of the new administration’s 100-day plans, according to U San Yu, deputy secretary of the Ministry of Electricity and Energy. The initiative is part of a broader effort to bring electricity to more than 15,000 […]

Firm to bring big screens to small towns

Movie-loving Myanmar is suffering from a dearth of cinemas, which local firm MAZE is hoping to remedy. The company is kicking off a K20 billion two-year project to build 100 theatres across different states and regions. There were more than 400 cinemas nationwide in the early 1980s, but by the 2010s this had dropped to […]

Microfinance in Myanmar: A Silver Bullet to Stamp out Poverty?

  The passing of the Microfinance Law in 2011 led to a rapid influx of Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Myanmar. As of December 2015 there were over 256 MFIs operating in Myanmar, all competing to crack the estimated 33 million unbanked residing here. It is believed informal money lenders charging extortionate interest rates will become […]

World Bank – Analysis Of Farm Production Economics in Myanmar

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY MYANMAR: ANALYSIS OF FARM PRODUCTION ECONOMICS This report was prepared by the World Bank in partnership with the Livelihoods and Food Security Multi-Donor Trust Fund (LIFT). Both the World Bank and the LIFT are actively involved in supporting Myanmar’s agriculture sector given its significance in poverty reduction and food security, and they both […]

Rubber industry to be stamped with new law

A new law is being drafted to promote Myanmar’s rubber sector, as the commodity’s international value plummets and a number of plantations across the country are forced out of business. The law is being drawn up under Myanmar’s National Export Strategy, said U Khine Myint, secretary of the Myanmar Rubber Planting and Producing Association (MRPPA). […]