Myanmar to resume timber extraction

Myanmar will produce 15,000 tons of teak in the timber extraction season this year, said Kyaw Kyaw Lwin, Deputy Director-General of Forest Department at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, at a round-table discussion on the State economy pertaining to the forest sector. “The ministry has been carrying out timber extraction from natural […]

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, […]

Prioritising essential imports one way to better manage trade deficit: VP

Traders should exercise more discipline when importing items that are non-essential to the Myanmar economy, as this could help prevent the budget deficit from widening beyond necessary, vice president U Myint Swe said during a meeting at the United Myanmar Federation Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) on August 24. At a time when inflation […]

Myanmar gold exports could rise to 20 T in 2019 -industry official

KOCHI, India, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Myanmar could export as much as 20 tonnes of gold in 2019 after the Southeast Asian country earlier this year permitted exports of the precious metal for the first time in five decades, a senior industry official said on Saturday. A pick-up in legal exports will reduce the smuggling […]

Kayah State sees rising FDI, interest in agriculture sector

Investor interest in the agriculture and livestock sector in Kayah State has been on the rise in recent years, Daw May Myo Zaw, secretary of Kayah State Investment Committee, told The Myanmar Times. According to the 2018 Kayah State Investment Opportunities Survey released by the committee, investors had identified the agriculture and product manufacturing for […]

Myanmar female garment workers in fear of violence

Business involved in Myanmar’s garment industry should take steps to ensure better safety and welfare of female employees, a new report recommends, as findings suggest women workers are in fear of rape and robbery. The report, ‘Women, work and violence in Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan,’ conducted by IMC Worldwide, University of Portsmouth and the International […]

Chinese manufacturers eye Myanmar base as trade war escalates

Myanmar stands to gain from the ongoing trade spat between China and the US, U Than Aung Kyaw, deputy director general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA), said yesterday. Interest to set up manufacturing and production facilities in Myanmar among the Chinese has risen ever since the US this month imposed a […]

Border trade increases by $196 million

Between 1 April and 25 May in this fiscal year, the value of border trade reached US$ 1.165 billion, recording an increase of $196 million compared to the same period in the last FY, state media reported quoting figures recently released by the Commerce Ministry. The total value of border trade, as of 25 May […]

PetroChina’s Yunnan refinery exports first diesel cargo

PetroChina’s new 260,000 barrels per day (bpd) Yunnan refinery exported its first diesel cargo on April 29, the company said on Monday via its official newspaper. The cargo was due to be carried by truck from Anning city in southern Yunnan province to the Ruili port on the China-Myanmar border, the paper said. The cargo […]

Govt to remove withholding taxes from April 1 to support businesses

The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) is planning to stop levying withholding tax starting April 1 onwards in a bid to boost the economy, it revealed during a weekend discussion. The discussions, which took place with the Yangon Regional Government, Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and other business associations, were held […]