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 […]

Five sectors driving Myanmar’s economic growth in 2018-19

Myanmar’s economy has taken a beating in recent quarters, with a rising number of companies reporting tougher business conditions and a slowdown in market demand. One of the main reasons is the rising foreign exchange rate. Despite a slew of measures taken by the Central Bank, which included pumping millions of dollars from its reserves […]

Foreign investors show interest in First Private Bank

Foreign investors are showing interest in taking stakes in First Private Bank, which is listed on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX), said its CEO, U Myint Zaw. Interest has risen following the enforcement of the Myanmar Companies Law on August 1. The new law states that foreigners will be allowed to own a maximum of […]

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 […]

Myanmar develops gold trading avenues

Myanmar is making progress in developing legal avenues to export gold. The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) yesterday said it would remove the metal from its restricted exports list and open a service centre near the Peoples’ Square in Yangon to handle the legal trading of gold. An official notification has yet to be issued. Legal […]

China Beating Japan in War for Economic Influence in Myanmar

While the Japanese foreign minister and State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi discussed Rakhine’s development in Naypyitaw last week, a Chinese Communist Party provincial secretary met the vice president to discuss increasing investment in agriculture, transport and technology cooperation. It is not the first time China and Japan have been seen directly competing on […]

Govt racks up larger debt, but more is local

The NLD government has accumulated debt totaling K6.7 trillion during the duration it has been in power, according to documents supporting the 2018-19 Budget. That’s more than half the K11.7 in debt racked up by U Thein Sein’s former administration during its entire five-year term. However, while U Thein Sein’s Union Solidarity and Development Party […]

Myanmar to trim Kyaukphyu cost but drops Annan’s strategic review suggestion

Nay Pyi Taw’s plan to reduce the cost of Kyaukpyu Special Economic Zone, including the proposed deep-sea port, will help cap its external debt load and avoid repeating Sri Lanka’s Hambantota’s precedent, according to London-headquartered research firm BMI Research. At the same time, a government committee has dropped any mentioning of commissioning a Strategic Environmental […]

Myanmar insurance industry poised for reform, awaits liberalisation

Insurance providers in Myanmar can expect a more competitive and promising landscape on which to do business in the near future. With market liberalisation, which will enable firms to offer a wider variety of insurance products, on the government’s agenda, local and foreign providers alike have already started training staff and building management and IT […]

Interbank cash transfers available with single ATM card next year

Money transfer services will be available through a single ATM card from next year onwards, U Mya Than, non-executive director and former chair of Myanmar Payment Union (MPU), told The Myanmar Times. With a single ATM card issued by any of the 23 local banks under the MPU network, users will be able to perform […]