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New industrial zone proposed northwest of Yangon

Golden Myanmar Investment Consortium, which was formed by investors from China, Hong Kong and Myanmar to develop industrial zones, is planning to set up a new zone in Htantabin township, Yangon, the Yangon Region government and Yangon Region Investment Committee have announced. The creation of the industrial zone is expected to require investments totaling US$500 […]

Beware of Facebook, abuse of Section 66(d): digital forum

Myanmar needs to address the spread of fake news on social media by empowering local journalists, providing freer access to information, and pushing for more responsible and conscientious use of the internet, said participants at the third Myanmar Digital Rights Forum in Yangon last month. “Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we make […]

Mongla Official Denies Chinese Firm Permitted to Set Up Autonomous Digital Economic Zone

The general secretary of the rebel-controlled Mongla Special Administrative Region on the Chinese border has denied any knowledge of a Chinese company’s plan to establish an independent political entity within its borders based on an “e-citizenship” system open to all with a digital economy supported by a cryptocurrency. In a program titled “Inside the Crypto […]

Myanmar urged to elevate 5G push

AS GOVERNMENTS around the world gear up to usher in the fifth generation of wireless technology atop their digital agendas, Myanmar should follow this trend by adopting 5G as a national strategy for the next decade, a forum has heard. Jianjun Zhou, vice president of Huawei Global Carrier Business Group, said Myanmar should draw up […]

Home-grown talent bring digital transformation to Myanmar enterprises

A GROUP of Myanmar whizz kids have set their hearts on becoming an integral part of Myanmar’s digital transformation journey by building up their own venture Nexlabs, a digital consulting firm focused mainly on digital solutions for companies to improve their business performance. Ye Myat Min, co-founder and chief executive of Nexlabs, said in an […]

Myanmar eyes e-commerce for jobs, trade and economic growth

Government officials, donors and partners have met to consider the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)’s appraisal of how e-commerce can boost Myanmar’s economy and the next steps forward. The power of e-commerce to create jobs and increase trade in Myanmar was in the spotlight on 30 October, as government officials, development partners, […]

Closing the global and national digital divide

In the last couple of decades, the “digital divide” was narrowly defined by people’s access to the internet. Myanmar, of course, had very poor internet connections as recently as six years ago. In 2012, this country’s internet penetration was a mere eight percent of the population. In 2018, with four mobile phone operators in a […]

Myanmar set for transition to digital economy with corporates’ support

FIVE YEARS after Myanmar’s liberalisation of the telecommunications sector, the nation has now over 50 million mobile subscribers, a figure that almost encompasses its total population, and is set for adoption of digital economy with the help of industry leaders worldwide. Myo Swe, deputy director general at the Posts and Telecommunications Department, said earlier that […]

SMEs voice frustration over confusing government policies as challenges mount

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are still struggling to compete and expand five years after U Thein Sein’s former government established a central committee to support the sector and after the Central Bank of Myanmar recently permitted banks to approve loans without collaterals. On top of limited access to capital, insufficient supporting infrastructure, high taxes […]

True IDC Launches Myanmar Data Centre

Thailand-based data centre and cloud services provider True IDC has launched a data centre in Myanmar last week. The new data centre, which is touted to meet the growing demands of Myanmar’s emerging business community, marks True IDC’s fifth data centre in the ASEAN region. True IDC, which began offering IT and data centre services […]