Emirates set to launch flights to Phnom Penh

Emirates Airlines will expand its presence in Cambodia by launching a daily passenger flight between Dubai and Phnom Penh, with a stopover in Yangon, as part of the Dubai-based carrier’s push into the region. Launching on July 1, the daily flight will connect Dubai to Phnom Penh via a 90-minute stopover in Yangon, using a […]

Rice exports plunged by about 400,000 tonnes than last year

The volume of rice exports during this Fiscal Year was down by about 400,000 tonnes when compared to that of last FY, said U Aung Myint, the secretary of Myanmar Rice Traders Association. The rice export in this FY to the Chinese and European markets declined. About 900,000 tonnes of rice have been exported to […]

Iconic European Car Brands Open Service Centres in Yangon

​​ Myanmar Mini and Volvo own­ers can now rest easy knowing where to next book their high per­formance vehicles in for a service after the two icon­ic European car brands launched official service centres in Yangon. The launch of the offi­cial Mini service centre by Mini’s Myanmar partner, Prestige Automobiles, means owners of the icon­ic […]

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 […]

Myanmar Confident of Topping $6 Bn FDI

​​ THE MYANMAR Investment Commission is confident of reaching its $6 billion (Bt216 billion) target for foreign direct investment in the 2016 fiscal year to March 31, although the nine-month figure accounts for only slightly half of the target. Despite the decline in FDI inflow, Aung Naing Oo, director-general of the Directorate of Investment and […]

Taiyo Nippon Sanso to turn out industrial gases in Myanmar

TOKYO — Taiyo Nippon Sanso will begin producing industrial gases in Myanmar in 2018 as demand looks to expand. The gas producer will establish a local affiliate within the year and bring in equipment to operate a plant in the Yangon area, investing a total of 1 billion yen ($9.78 million). With Japanese companies increasingly setting up operations in Myanmar, Taiyo Nippon Sanso expects steady […]

Myanmar needs to break into the European markets, say jade dealers

More than the sole reliance on the Chinese jade market, efforts are required to break into European markets as well in order to protect Myanmar’s jade market, say sources in the jade trading industry. In order to revive the domestic jade market by breaking into European markets, jade dealers exclaim that more needs to be […]

Plastic chips away at cash’s dominance in Myanmar

YANGON — Credit cards are gaining traction in Myanmar, where cash has long been king, with foreign players such as China UnionPay and Japan’s JCB lured by rising consumer incomes and an increasingly robust financial infrastructure. JCB, in conjunction with Myanmar Payment Union and Ayeyarwady Bank, also known as Aya Bank, debuted a credit card Tuesday […]

Big car opportunity in tiny Myanmar; can India drive home the advantage?

After half a century of isolation, Myanmar has finally opened up its market. It is a big country with a population of 51 million, strategically located between India, China and Thailand, with GDP growth of 8.7% in 2014—this growth is expected to be in a similar range until 2019. Since the formation of a new […]

Govt to Continue Tourism Policy of Maximum Growth

RANGOON — The government will continue the tourism policies set by its predecessor—aiming for maximum growth—and will continue to enumerate day-visitors crossing land borders as “tourists,” in contravention of international tourism standards. These intentions were laid out by Tint Thwin, director general of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, at the Myanmar Hospitality & Tourism […]