Foreign investment booms in Myanmar telecoms

Overseas companies spent big on building mobile phone infrastructure in Myanmar over the past year, while they took a break from exploring oil and gas. Foreign investment in Myanmar’s transportation and telecommunications sectors surged to $3.08 billion for the year ended March, a 60% jump. In contrast, spending in the gas and oil industry — […]

Myanmar braces for 30% drop in foreign investment

Foreign investment in Myanmar appears poised to plunge roughly 30% for the year ending March 31 amid the absence of new oil and gas projects, highlighting the need for the government to lure other industries with deregulation and firm economic policy plans. Myanmar received about $6 billion in foreign direct investment during the 11 months […]

KBZ Strengthens Remittance Services with US Banks

​​ After kicking off the US-Myanmar direct money transfer service, Kanbawza Bank (KBZ) has tried to establish a direct channel with US banks, KBZ managing director U Win Lwin told the media. Right now, KBZ has opened a USD settlement account in New York’s branch of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC). Hence, direct money transfer […]

 Foreign investment in hotel and tourism reaches US $2.7billion

​​ Myanmar has received foreign investment of more than US $2.687billion in 67 businesses in the hotel and tourism sector as of January 2017, the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) reported. The hotel and tourism sector is the 7th industry most invested in, accounting for 3.87 percent. As of January 2017, foreign investment volume […]

Can Myanmar sustain growth momentum?

YANGON — The World Bank’s forecast on Jan. 30 that Myanmar’s economy will grow by more than 7% annually for the next three years might appear to be overly optimistic. In the latest issue of its Myanmar Economic Monitor, the World Bank said that while growth would most likely be around 6.5% for fiscal year […]

Myanmar earns $2.4 billion from natural gas exports

The export value of natural gas as of January this financial year amounted to US$2.4 billion, whereas in the same period of last year the figure was $3.5 billion, a slump of more than $1.1 billion, according to the Commerce Ministry. An expert said the decline in the export value of the gas is linked […]

Seven foreign and local enterprises permitted to invest US$1,435.808 million

Seven foreign and local enterprises have received permission to invest US$1,435.808million, creating 5,533 job opportunities, according to the Myanmar Investment Commission meeting held on 21st January. There were foreign investments of US$1,416.080million and Myanmar Citizen investments of US$19.728million. The foreign investments were from China, Singapore, South Korea, Viet Nam and Samoa, it is learnt. The […]

Myanmar’s FDI rush recedes

Myanmar’s economy looked like it was enjoying a brisk tailwind after progress in democratization led the U.S. to lift its sanctions last year, but the boost appears to be waning. The government that took office in March 2016, with pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi as its de facto leader, has so far proposed few […]

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 […]