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Reforms behind Myanmar’s climb up the ease of doing business index

In an endorsement of ongoing efforts to reform the economy, Myanmar has been named one of the top-20 most-improved countries in the World Bank’s 2020 ease of doing business index. The index – part of the “Doing Business 2020” report – lists the economies that have recorded the greatest improvement in their ease of doing […]

Myanmar public companies trail behind private firms in corporate disclosure

Public companies in Myanmar – companies whose shares can be bought by the public – lag behind privately-owned firms in corporate disclosure and governance, according to the latest transparency report released on Tuesday. This is the fifth Pwint Thit Sa report (Transparency in Myanmar Enterprises) undertaken by Yangon-based Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) in […]

Red Dot closure concerns spread to industry, draws light on licensing procedures

Disenfranchised agents of the now defunct Red Dot Network Ltd plan to file a court case against the payment-solutions provider after being turned down by the Consumer Protection Central Committee, which said their case could not be handled under the Consumer Protection Law. The agents are unhappy that deposits paid to Red Dot will likely […]

Myanmar targets FDI from East Asia in long-term investment plan

Myanmar is gunning for more foreign direct investments (FDI) from East Asia in the next 20 years under its new Myanmar Investment Promotion Plan (MIPP), U Than Aung Kyaw, deputy director general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) told The Myanmar Times at a book launch in Yangon on Thursday. Besides strengthening […]

New retail directive well-received, but raises unanswered questions

Myanmar has taken pains to liberalise its economy and draw foreign investors to become more competitive. Over the past two years, it has rolled out major new legislation including the Condominium Law, Investment Law and Companies Law. This year, it released two new directives opening up the education and retail sectors to full foreign ownership, […]

Disappointment at government hasn’t eroded support among businesses: academic

The disappointment at the current government’s sluggish economic reforms has not eroded the support among businesses, according to a Mandalay and Bangkok-based academic. On the contrary, businesses are worried that a failure of the administration will roll the country back to the junta era. The Myanmar Times talked to Pietro Borsano, lecturer at Mandalay International […]

Foreigners Allowed to Buy Jointly-Owned Condominium Apartment in Myanmar

YANGON, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) — Foreigners have been allowed to buy jointly-owned condominium apartment following the new rules under the Condominium Law announced early last month, said legal expert U Naing Lin Zaw Tuesday. In an interview with Xinhua, U Naing Lin Zaw clarified that the minimum requirements for a condominium project are to build […]

Stock Trading Down, But Investors Remain Interested

The Myanmar Stock Price Index tumbled 23 points, or around 4.7 percent last week, closing Friday at 463.70, after officials from the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) said the new Myanmar Companies Law would take at least another 8 months to implement. The new law, which replaces the existing 1914 Myanmar Companies Act, […]

Delay in Companies Law Negative, but not Surprising

Implementation of the long-awaited Companies Law will be postponed until August 2018, Reuters reported Monday, citing top officials from Myanmar’s Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). Myanmar will delay implementing a new law that would have allowed foreign companies to take up to a 35 percent stake in local companies, bringing about badly needed reforms for […]