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Japan tops list of foreign investors in Myanmar SEZs

Foreign investments of US$362.28 million flowed into the Special Economic Zones (SEZs), under the Special Economic Zone Law, in the 2018-2019 fiscal year, according to figures released by the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration, Myanmar state media reported. A total of 106 enterprises from 18 countries and four local businesses have ploughed in $1.84 […]

Most businesses in Myanmar not disaster-ready, experts say

Most businesses in Myanmar are not prepared for natural disasters that hit the country every year, such as drought, cyclones, landslides and floods, experts said. U Soe Tun, co-chair of the Myanmar Private Sector Disaster Management Network, said private businesses still lack awareness and preparation of preventive measures against natural hazards. He added that only […]

Questions arise over cost, accessibility of two-step loans

Despite the important role small and medium enterprises (SMEs) play in the economy, repeated requests for more affordable loans and easier access to financing remain a challenge for the sector. One avenue for SMEs to access financing in Myanmar is via funds provided by official development assistance organisations such as Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). […]

Central Bank deputy chief says businesses should pay loans

Banks have a fiduciary duty to ensure that the financial system remains sound and secure by adhering to regulations. Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) deputy governor U Soe Thein said in remarks to the Pyithu Hluttaw on August 27 that this included ensuring that depositors do not lose their money and that banks collect what […]

Concerns may emerge when Bagan hotels, businesses are forced to move

On July 6, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Bagan as a World Heritage Site, marking Myanmar’s second entry to the list after World Heritage Status was granted to the ancient Pyu cities of Sri Ksetra, Halin and Beikthano in 2014. The ancient city has more than 3500 surviving stupas, temples, […]

First Myanmar business environment index published

Businesses in Myanmar are concerned about infrastructure quality and skilled labour availability, the latest report on private sector economic governance reveals. The Asia Foundation has published the Myanmar Business Environment Index 2019 (MBEI), with support from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) through the DaNa Facility. The report is a diagnostic tool for government […]

Myanmar, Czech chambers ink pact to boost ties

BUSINESSES from the Czech Republic are keen to explore opportunities for cooperation with potential partners in Myanmar, with their interest stoked by the recent visit of state leader Aung San SuuKyi to the Central European country, a Myanmar business chief said. Zaw Min Win, president of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce […]

Myanmar Competition Commission promises to level playing field for businesses

The Myanmar Competition Commission will work with businesspersons to remove hindrances to fair competition, said Union Minister for Commerce Dr. Than Myint, urging businesses to abide by the Competition Law. The Union Minister, in his capacity as the chairman of the commission, made the remarks during his opening address at an event about competition, held […]

“Political stability”: Mandalay courts European investors

“In order to facilitate investment, businesses need political stability. And in that sense, Mandalay is the perfect place to offer this condition,” Mandalay Chief Minister Zaw Myint Maung told an audience of European investors and businesses. The European Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar (EuroCham) in collaboration with the Mandalay Region Chamber of Commerce (MRCCI) organised […]

Yangon to raise K40 billion for compensation by selling land

The Yangon government has to sell land so that it can pay farmers K40 billion (US$26.30 million) in compensation for their land, said Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein. But the chief minister said that the land will be sold only to buyers who will use it for businesses, and it will not allow […]