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Myanmar-based Irish company Red Dot halts operations

Red Dot, businessman John Nagle’s Myanmar-based electronic payments company, halted operations in recent weeks, according to local reports. Mr Nagle established Red Dot Network, which allows customers to buy mobile phone credit and pay bills, after emerging from bankruptcy in 2014, with backing from Denis O’Brien’s Digicel, which sold the business to him last year. […]

Hundreds jobless as Adidas supplier shuts down amid dispute

A YANGON factory that supplies footwear to global sportswear giant Adidas has shut down after refusing to comply with an Arbitration Council ruling to reinstate a sacked workplace union member, leaving more than 700 workers jobless. The decision by the Shyang Jhuo Yue Co Ltd shoe factory to lock out its workers is in breach […]

Chin State seeks 10 year tax exemptions

The Chin State Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) is asking the government for approval to raise the tax-exempt period granted to investors in the state to be raised Ceu Hlei Lian, the chair of the Chin State Chamber of Commerce and Industry submitted the request to the Private Sector Development Committee headed by Vice […]

EU’s threat to scrap trade preferences spurs Myanmar’s reforms

Economic reform is getting a second wind in Myanmar as the government tries to lure back foreign investors scared away by reports of human rights abuses against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority. The government has announced the easing of restrictions on foreign banks and the creation of a new ministry to oversee foreign investment in […]

‘Creating triple wins’: inclusive business in Myanmar

They can create new income opportunities for the poor by engaging them in the value chains of profitable businesses while paying better than market rates. They can also provide goods and services to the poor that address key needs in areas such as health, education, housing, finance, water and sanitation. Inclusive businesses are typically profitable […]

Companies should clean up their acts to fend off corruption risks

Transparency International’s 2017 Corruption Perception Index ranks Myanmar at 130 out of 180 countries, showing that we have a long way to go in both corporate governance and uprooting graft. Nevertheless, over the last two years, Myanmar has advanced from a low base. The new Companies Laws (2017) and Rules (2018) revised the legislative framework, […]

Myanmar’s poorest state beckons investors

CHIN state’s underdeveloped infrastructure presents great opportunities for domestic and foreign investors if they do their homework, says a report that looks into business prospects in Myanmar’s poorest region. Min Zaw Oo, director of Chin State at the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration, said investors should not hesitate to invest in Chin state where […]

Daw Suu pitches Myanmar to ASEAN, vows to improve business environment

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Singapore yesterday sought to drum up investor interest in Myanmar, couching the country’s economy as “Southeast Asia’s final frontier market with innumerable investment opportunities.” Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was delivering her keynote speech at the 2018 ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in the city state, where […]

Myanmar remains worst place in ASEAN for doing business, World Bank ranking shows

Myanmar has failed to improve its ease of doing business ranking for the third consecutive year, with the latest figures from the World Bank showing that the country remains the worst place in ASEAN to conduct business. The newly-released 2019 Doing Business rankings by the World Bank showed that Myanmar ranks 171th out of 190 […]

EU’s withdrawal of GSP not to affect foreign investment flow in Myanmar: official

YANGON, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) — The European Union (EU)’s probable withdrawal of its Generalized Scheme of Preference (GSP) will not impact the foreign investment flow in Myanmar, the official Global New Light of Myanmar quoted an investment administration official as saying Sunday. This will be due to the fact that EU countries have never been […]