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Don’t blame “economic malaise” on Rakhine, business groups warn, calling for less protectionism, gerontocracy

Two major business groups in Myanmar have warned against blaming all of the country’s economic woes on the northern Rakhine crisis, urging the government to tackle protectionism, involve the younger generation and provide clarity in the regulatory environment. The British Chamber of Commerce Myanmar (BritCham) said Rakhine is “far from being the sole or main […]

Businesses warn govt not to backtrack on retail and wholesale reform

AMID news that the commerce ministry might backtrack on the retail and wholesale sector reform and impose further restrictions on foreign investments, business leaders warn that any such retraction will be “extremely disappointing” and seriously derail efforts to attract foreign investments for the country. The ministry insisted that they currently have no plans for additional […]

UK preschool franchise set to expand further in Myanmar

A franchise of a UK-based preschool service provider located in northern Yangon has reached its first anniversary and is set to expand to downtown Yangon as well as Mandalay. With aspiring families in the country looking for quality education, demand is on the rise. Before the government opened up the education sector to international investments […]

Myanmar opens up for foreign retailers and wholesalers

Foreign businesses and joint ventures are now allowed to carry out businesses in the retail and wholesale sector, according to the latest directive from the commerce ministry. Leading business groups hailed the move as a right step towards attracting inwards investments for Myanmar. The ministry issued the Directive 25/2018 on May 9, authorising 100 percent […]

Mandalay taps British expertise for higher education

MANDALAY, Myanmar’s second largest city, is expected to become the country’s northern economic hub over the next two years. Yet, skills and talent in the city still lags behind Yangon and many cities in ASEAN. The brain drain and skills shortage are dragging its economic growth. But Ko Ye Tun Min, founder of the Mandalay […]

Japanese Businesses Express no Interest in Dawei or Kyaukphyu SEZ

Interview with Katsuji Nakagawa from the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Myanmar Japanese businesses have not indicated any interest in Dawei SEZ or Kyaukphyu SEZ, and see the lack of reliable power supply as the biggest challenge in Myanmar, the chair of the Japanese Chamber said. Katsuji Nakagawa, chair of Japan Chamber of […]

Transport Experts Encourage Myanmar to Adopt PPP model

AS Myanmar and its cities are developing the transport infrastructure, experts have advocated the adoption of the public-private partnership (PPP) model to speed up the development, according to a transport conference last week. International law firm Baker McKenzie, in collaboration with the British Chamber of Commerce Myanmar, hosted the conference “Myanmar: Moving Ahead Perspectives on Developing Transportation Infrastructure” […]

British launch new Chamber of Commerce

The British Chamber of Commerce Myanmar launched on July 16 about a month after receiving government approval, becoming the latest business group to formally open its doors in Myanmar. The organisation aims to provide a network for the business community to represent business interests, and will work with United Kingdom Trade and Investment to support […]