Foreign insurance companies will be allowed to do business this fiscal year

According to deputy minister for Finance and Planning Maung Maung Win, the government is planning to allow foreign insurance companies to do business this fiscal year. Currently, only three Japanese companies are allowed to do business in Thilawa Special Economic Zone and the Ministry of Finance and Planning is preparing for the implementation of nationwide […]

Registered outbound tour operators reach over 400 in Myanmar

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has permitted over 400 outbound tour licenses to operators since its initiation in late 2015, according to the ministry. Tourism in Myanmar is growing rapidly and has received increased interest from investors thanks to the country’s sweeping reforms. International tourist arrivals increase significantly year by year, while some local […]

Gold Exchange Market to Open in 2017

RANGOON — The Myanmar Gold Entrepreneurs Association plans to open a gold exchange market in Rangoon this year. The official gold market has been in the works for three years, and various ministries are now assisting in its creation, said U Kyaw Win, general secretary of the association, at its 14th anniversary ceremony in Rangoon […]

Vietnam’s Stock Market is Set to Boom – That’s Good News For Yangon’s Bourse

​​ A few weeks ago I had the chance to spend some time exploring the Vietnamese city of Saigon – or more precisely, District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). Without doubt the place is the hottest ticket in town for investors targeting the Mekong region. And it is easy to understand why. This […]

China faces tougher laws in Myanmar

In the wake of the controversial Myitsone dam, Aung San Suu Kyi is demanding more from investors involved in high risk projects, reports Vicky Bowman A new government took power in Myanmar on March 31, 2016, led in practice, if not on paper, by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.  Governments and businesses around the world are keenly […]

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 […]

Workshop on potential for sea bass success

As demand for seafood continues to rise regionally and worldwide, Myanmar has a good chance to develop its aquaculture industry in a sustainable and a profitable way, by investing more into alternative fish species including seabass, a recent workshop heard. The US Soybean Export Council (USSEC) said at the workshop that Myanmar had a good […]

Pertamina Woos Myanmar Retail Fuel Business

Jakarta. State energy company Pertamina is optimistic to begin selling fuel to retail customers in Myanmar and Cambodia this year, as it seeks to expand business in the Southeast Asia region. Pertamina is bidding to sell oil fuel in Myanmar with Myanmar Petroleum Products Enterprise (MPPE) and expects to receive the bidding result in the next […]

Kyat appreciates as imports slow ahead of Chinese New Year

As trade and other businesses wind down in the run-up to the Chinese New Year festival, and sentiment about the political transition improves, the kyat has strengthened in value to a three-month high against the US dollar. The value of Myanmar’s currency has fallen more than 25 percent to the dollar over the past year, […]

MIC approves 31 investments in January

The Myanmar Investment Commission approved 31 new local and foreign projects in January, mostly in the real estate and garments sectors, according to figures published by the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration. Of these, 15 were foreign, adding to the 138 international investments approved by the MIC since the start of this fiscal year. […]