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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 […]

Myanmar still weak in enforcing contracts, protecting minority investors

Myanmar has done undertaken two reforms to improve access to power supply and the ease of starting a local business, according to the latest report from the World Bank. However, pace of reform on most regulations affecting the private sector remain stagnant. In the newly-released World Bank’s 2019 Doing Business rankings, Myanmar ranks 171th out […]

Myanmar targets FDI from East Asia in long-term investment plan

Myanmar is gunning for more foreign direct investments (FDI) from East Asia in the next 20 years under its new Myanmar Investment Promotion Plan (MIPP), U Than Aung Kyaw, deputy director general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) told The Myanmar Times at a book launch in Yangon on Thursday. Besides strengthening […]

IFC, UMFCCI work to improve food safety in Myanmar

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, signed an agreement with the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) to help food sector companies address and improve food safety practices. Another goal is to develop the country’s agribusiness sector to increase exports, draw investments, and generate jobs. According to IFC, […]

Casinos may be allowed to operate after gambling law amendment

Casinos will be allowed to operate in Myanmar after amendments are made to the Gambling Law by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), is enacted, said U Aung Naing Oo, director general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) this week. This comes after five regional and state chief ministers from Mandalay, Tanintharyi, […]

Siam Cement sees opportunities along Belt & Road

Thai conglomerate’s CLMV investments will pave way to China and India, CEO says HONG KONG — Thai industrial conglomerate Siam Cement Group will look for investment possibilities in South China and India in the years ahead, as China shapes its vision of the Belt and Road Initiative, President and CEO Roongrote Rangsiyopash said Monday. The […]

Myanmar needs urgent reforms as economy’s in the woods

MYANMAR’S economy is still in the woods: The Aung San Suu Kyi-led government has delayed a long-awaited reform to allow foreign companies to purchase stakes of up to 35 per cent in local companies as business confidence has plummeted drastically, while jungle-style “ceasefire capitalism” flourishes in insurgency affected areas. To top it all, there are […]

ADB Appoints New Country Director for Myanmar

The FINANCIAL — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has appointed Newin Sinsiri as its new Country Director for Myanmar. Mr. Sinsiri will lead ADB operations in Myanmar and supervise the effective implementation of ADB’s Country Partnership Strategy, which aims to help the country achieve sustainable and inclusive economic growth and job creation for poverty reduction […]

Myanmar Insists no North Korea Links as U.S. Envoy Visits

Myanmar has no military ties with North Korea, a Myanmar official said on Monday, as a U.S. diplomat responsible for North Korea arrived for talks in which he was likely to seek assurances on efforts to isolate it.Ambassador Joseph Yun met Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the military’s commander in chief in […]

World Bank to Loan $100 Million to Myanmar Financial Development Project

WORLD Bank and government representatives recently signed an agreement for a US$100 million (K134.9 billion) World Bank loan to the Myanmar Financial Development Project in mid-April. The representatives signed the loan for SDR71.700 million, which equals US$100 million, from the World Bank with low interest. Ulrich Zachau, country director, Southeast Asia, East Asia and Pacific […]