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Laxer Rules of Foreign Banks to Spur Trade, Central Bank Says

The Central Bank of Myanmar said its decision last week to let foreign banks operating in the country lend and provide other services to domestic companies will help exporters limited by local lenders finance their trade with the rest of the world. “We expect that they [foreign banks] will mainly provide foreign currency to the […]

Children’s rights bill inconsistent over child labour regulations

Sections within the draft law are inconsistent over the minimum working age, and child employment in many sectors remains unregulated A children’s rights draft law introduced to Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on July 7 fails to address inconsistencies between existing domestic laws regarding child employment and the legal minimum working age. The bill does not tackle grey […]

Increased investment and trade for Myanmar

U Aung Naing Oo, the Director General of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA), said the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has approved 26 domestic and foreign companies to conduct investment in Myanmar. Nineteen of the approved companies are foreign businesses. They include 12 companies from the industrial sector, 1 company from the livestock […]

Singapore to invest $316m in housing

The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has allowed two Singapore companies to invest over US$316 million in two Yangon housing projects, according to the Directorate of Investment and Companies Administration (DICA). “A Singapore company will invest US$35 million in a housing project and another firm will invest US$280 million in a separate project,” said an official […]

Belt and Road should not dictate infrastructure priorities: Melvyn Pun

Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) should not dictate Myanmar’s infrastructure priorities despite the importance of Chinese finance, according to the head of Yoma Strategic. Infrastructure should be developed for Myanmar’s national interest. During the 2nd ASEAN-Myanmar Forum hosted by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs in Sedona Hotel yesterday, Melvyn Pun, the chief executive […]