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Myanmar garments to get US boost

Aung Thein, vice president of the Myanmar Industries Association and managing director of Nibban Electronics, welcomed the move, saying it would boost exports to the US and strengthen local industries. Garment factories would reap the most from the decision, he said. “For the time being, some well-known brands like H&M have been making some of […]

US eases Myanmar trade sanctions

US authorities have removed a ban on trade through ports and airports in Myanmar for six months, a move that should help galvanise the country’s incoming government. A landslide victory by the National League for Democracy, led by the iconic Aung San Suu Kyi, marked the first free polls in 25 years, and the party […]

U.S. temporarily lifts trade restrictions on Myanmar shipping hubs

The United States is temporarily easing trade restrictions on Myanmar by allowing all shipments to go through its ports and airports for six months, an effort to boost the Southeast Asian country’s opposition party after its landmark election win in November, U.S. officials said on Monday. The policy change, coming after Aung San Suu Kyi’s […]

Myanmar vote boosts hopes of lifting US sanctions if military accepts the results

The United States on Monday (Nov 9) welcomed Myanmar’s election as a victory for the people, and the vote appeared to raise prospects of a further lifting of US sanctions – provided the military accepts the results. While highlighting encouraging signs from Sunday’s poll, Washington remained cautious and said it would watch for the democratic […]

Sanctions fears choke nascent U.S. trade with Myanmar via Asia World Port

Western banks are cutting trade finance in Myanmar after learning that part of the country’s main port is controlled by a man blacklisted by Washington, threatening to stop nascent U.S. economic ties with the Southeast Asian nation in their tracks. U.S. shipments to Myanmar have slowed to a crawl in recent months, after several banks […]

Capella Real Estate to develop commercial property

Founder and CEO of Capella Real Estaet and Investment Ko Zaw Min Htun discusses the challenges to developing a small business How did you start your business? I opened Capella Real Estate and Investment in 2013 to build a neighbourhood plaza on Mae Zin Gone Street in Hlaing township, near to Hledan. Real estate and […]

US banks call for waiver on Asia World port

The Clearing House Association – which is owned by many of the world’s largest commercial banks – and the Bankers Association of Finance and Trade (BAFT) wrote to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in July, after discovering that a significant amount of trade, including from the US, moves through AWPT. The port is […]