Dawei Project Gathers Pace

THE INITIAL Bt37-billion phase of the Dawei Special Economic Zone will by ready to kick off before the end of this year after Myanmar’s government signs a procurement contract this month with Italian-Thai Development (ITD), said company president Premchai Karnasuta. He said yesterday in Yangon after participating in a ceremony to open a representative office of the […]

Investor-Friendly Environment and Human Capital Essential for Myanmar’s Success in the Belt and Road Initiative

The Belt and Road Initiative: interview with Jonathan Woetzel, McKinsey senior partner and MGI director Jonathan Woetzel, senior partner of McKinsey & Company and director of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), told The Myanmar Times that success of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Myanmar would depend on the country creating an investor-friendly environment […]

Myanmar’s 5 growth sectors highlighted

INFRASTRUCTURE, ICT, agriculture and processing, manufacturing and tourism are highlighted as the most attractive sectors for Thai investors looking to establish a presence in Myanmar. At a seminar hosted yesterday by Bangkok Bank, Nattawin Pongpetrarat, vice chairman of the Thai Business Association of Myanmar, said a large number of infrastructure projects ranging from roads to […]

Aeon’s Myanmar bid highlights supermarket uncertainty

Japanese retail giant Aeon’s ambitions in Myanmar’s lucrative retail sector have highlighted uncertainty about what foreign firms are allowed to do as far as trading is concerned, with local industry heads calling for more clarity and a level playing field for domestic and international players. Aeon has provided most of the US$8.1 million in capital […]

BBL pleased as punch in Myanmar

People use services at a Bangkok Bank branch in Bangkok. In neighbouring Myanmar, BBL is content so far with loan growth at its Yangon branch. PATIPAT JANTHONG Bangkok Bank (BBL), the country’s largest lender by assets, expects better than expected loan growth at its Yangon branch this year based on strong demand from both local and […]

Bangkok Bank reveals challenges of operating in Myanmar

AFTER A YEAR of operating a branch in Myanmar, Bangkok Bank says it has learned that it has to put more effort into doing business there than in other countries because the long isolation of Myanmar in the past means there are few examples of how foreign companies there resolve problems. BBL had operated a […]

FMI increases capital to Yoma Bank

First Myanmar Investment (FMI) has increased its capital contribution to its subsidiary Yoma Bank by almost K9.6 billion, after accepting a loan facility from Bangkok Bank, said a company announcement yesterday. FMI, owned by businessperson Serge Pun, is the first and only company to list on the Yangon Stock Exchange and owns a 51 percent […]

Frontier Markets: Myanmar, Explosive GDP Growth

The reason I’m revisiting Myanmar is because recently the State Bank of India (SBIN), together with the Vietnam Bank for Investment and Development, Taiwan’s E SUN Commercial Bank (2884:TT), and South Korea’s Shinhan Bank, were all granted permits to operate in that country. Last year, the first round of permits were granted to ANZ Banking […]

Myanmar admits more foreign banks ahead of NLD accession

BANGKOK — Myanmar has given preliminary operating licenses to four more foreign banks, following the government’s decision in late 2014 to grant licenses to an initial nine foreign banks. The move — just before a new administration led by Aung San Suu Kyi takes over on April 1 — highlights a rush by the incumbent […]

No Thai banks among 2nd round of Myanmar licensees

YANGON – No Thailand banks were among 13 institutions that answered a call from Myanmar’s central bank for expressions of interest in a second round of foreign bank licensing aimed at further liberalising a sector that was previously off-limits to international players. Eight of the banks listed in an official central bank statement on Feb […]