Electricity subsidy is wrong, Pun tells minister

Business leader Serge Pun weighed into the debate on the country’s energy tariff reforms at the Myanmar Global Investment Forum in Nay Pyi Taw on September 11, calling the electricity subsidy “wrong” and saying that the authorities are not pushing reforms due to “political sensitivity.” “I think it [subsidising electricity] has always been a wrong […]

Krispy Kreme enters Yangon, heating up competition

For generations, Krispy Kreme has been serving doughnuts and coffee in America. Now the chain has decided to enter Myanmar, setting up its first store in Yangon on September 16. The North Carolina-headquartered firm with roots in the United States has been in operation since 1937. U Thu Rein Lin, Krispy Kreme Myanmar CEO, highlighted […]

We speak to the GM of Grand Mercure in Myanmar – Accor’s latest gem in the “land of gems”

Grand Mercure recently announced the opening of its first property in Myanmar. One of Southeast Asia’s largest and most diverse countries, Myanmar remains one of the most undiscovered destinations but is emerging as a popular travel destination. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, the country welcomed just 21,000 international arrivals in 1990, that […]

State Counsellor urges entrepreneurs to help grow nation’s wealth

Myanmar’s business community has an important role to play in ensuring the country’s political voice is heard on the global stage, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said at the meeting between government officials and business persons and at Myanmar Convention Centre in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. She said the reason Myanmar’s political voice […]

Private school is not so cool

When Poe Poe passed her matriculation exam (the Burmese equivalent of an A-level) she did not score the grades she hoped for. And this was a disaster for her. Why? It meant her dream of becoming a doctor was out of reach. In Myanmar, results obtained at this milestone exam dictates to which university a […]

What the US Can Learn from China and India’s Engagement With Myanmar

Washington and Brussels recently levied new economic sanctions against certain Myanmar military officers in connection with the atrocities of the Rohingya crisis unfolding in the country’s western Rakhine state, where thousands of the Muslim minority group have died and hundreds of thousands more have fled across the border to Bangladesh. The United Nations High Commissioner […]

Myanmar is new frontier for Japanese condo developer

YANGON — Japanese housing developer Tama Home will establish a condominium joint venture in Myanmar in a bid to attract rising ranks of higher-income buyers. Tama Home and local partner Kakehashi Real Estate Group will set up the new company, which will serve as the lead contractor on projects. Construction has started on a 541-sq.-meter […]

Gov’t plans three hydropower projects in Sagaing region

The regional government is planning to develop three hydropower projects in Homalin, Kani and Nanyon townships in Sagaing region under the guidance of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, said Than Nyunt Win, regional minister for electricity, industry and transport. The company that won a tender to conduct an assessment of the potential for electricity […]

Raising the Role of Women in the Myanmar Economy

Women in Myanmar have taken a more significant role in the economy, although much more can be done to narrow the gender gap. Myanmar ranks 83 among 144 nations in the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Report 2017, which is higher than major Asian economies including China and South Korea as well as its neighbours […]

Visa Profits up on Better Use of Its Credit Cards

Visa Inc beat Wall Street’s quarterly profit expectations when it released financial results on October 25 as more people made payments using its world-wide network, which includes Myanmar. Visa’s payment volumes rose 9.8 percent to $1.93 trillion with the US accounting for about 43 pc of that total. For the quarter ended September 30, net […]