Most exports from MIC-registered firms

Around 58 per cent of exports between 2011 and 2016 were from businesses running under the official permission of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC), said commission secretary Aung Naing Oo. Exports earned more than US$7 billion in the 2011-12 financial year, US$6 billion in 2012-13, US$8 billion in 2013-14, US$7 billion in 2014-15 and US$6 […]

Myanmar Companies Act sent to parliament

The Myanmar Companies Act – a pivotal piece of legislation that will reform how companies are regulated and allow foreign investors onto the Yangon Stock Exchange – was submitted to the Pyithu Hluttaw at the start this month, according to Directorate of Investment and Company Administration Director General U Aung Naing Oo. The new act […]

Myanmar Will Hit This Year’s Foreign Investment Target After All, Says DICA Official

Myanmar can reach its target amount of investment for this fiscal year despite a slow start that raised doubts the country would bring in the $6 billion projected by officials, the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) has said. U Aung Naing Oo, DICA’s Director General, said that although approved proposals are down more […]

Myanmar courting global producers

The Myanmar authorities have sped up efforts in recent months to increase the country’s attractiveness for global manufacturers. The latest move was revealed in September by the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) and concerns the move to allow local and foreign investors into industrial zones across the country. This follows requests by companies from Hong Kong […]

Japanese investments expected to shift to Myanmar: DICA

Japanese government and many Japanese companies are becoming interested in making investments in Myanmar as Japanese companies are looking into shifting their investments from Thailand, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration’s press release. The DICA has drafted a 20-year Foreign Direct Investment Promotion Plan, which includes ‘China plus one’ and ‘Thailand plus […]

Garment Exports Double Spurred by Rising Orders From Europe

​​ Myanmar garment exports have doubled in 2016 compared to export values of the previous year, according to the Ministry of Commerce. Rising orders from European countries have caused the surge in garment exports, said U Win Myint, Director of Ministry of Commerce. As of December 15th, garment exports reached $1.05 billion, up from $460 […]

MAPCO courts investment for agri-industry park

​​ Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corporation (MAPCO) is building the first of several planned agricultural industrial parks in Ayeyarwady Region aimed at attracting foreign and local investment into agriculture and agri-business. U Ye Min Aung, MAPCO’s managing director said the Myaungmya township-based project is small-scale but innovative. Basic infrastructure including roads, a jetty and an electricity […]

Tax Incentives for Alcohol, Tobacco Were a ‘Big Mistake’

​​ Providing blanket five-year tax holidays to all foreign investors in recent years was a “big mistake” that will be fixed when a new investment law comes into effect next year, a senior official at Myanmar’s investment body has said. U Aung Naing Oo, director general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA), […]

Foreign Investment Surge Not Felt in Local Banks

​​ The government needs to monitor whether foreign investors are using their money or not as foreign currency has yet to inflow into local banks, Khin Maung Aye, chair of Myanmar Bank Association. “Foreign investors are bringing their investment into the country at a time when the Myanmar Investment Commission is giving the green-light to […]

Military Conglomerate Hoping for More JVs

U Hla Moe, general manager of the planning department for the military conglomerate Myanma Economic Holdings Limited (MEHL), spoke to The Myanmar Times for an exclusive interview on operating as a public company, the outlook for joint ventures with foreign firms and competing on a level playing field in Myanmar’s new economy. The military established Myanmar Economic […]