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Myanmar lags as ASEAN sees record FDI

Foreign direct investment (FDI) into Myanmar still lags other countries in ASEAN, according to a report issued by the ASEAN Secretariat last week. The report ASEAN Investment Report 2019: FDI in Services showed that FDI into Myanmar declined despite record-high inflows into other countries in the grouping. FDI in Myanmar in 2018 slumped 11 percent […]

Japan tops list of foreign investors in Myanmar SEZs

Foreign investments of US$362.28 million flowed into the Special Economic Zones (SEZs), under the Special Economic Zone Law, in the 2018-2019 fiscal year, according to figures released by the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration, Myanmar state media reported. A total of 106 enterprises from 18 countries and four local businesses have ploughed in $1.84 […]

Taking a Quantum Leap to Revamp Myanmar’s Economy

YANGON—Since last year, Myanmar officials responsible for drumming up foreign investment have been shuttling between Naypyitaw and Asian countries to pitch the government’s latest legal, procedural, and institutional reforms to potential investors as part of efforts to revitalize the country’s economy. State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi often highlights foreign direct investment (FDI) as […]

Foreign Investment in Myanmar Set to Miss Target: MIC

Yangon—Myanmar is likely to fall short of its foreign investment target in the 2018-19 fiscal year, according to U Thant Sin Lwin, director of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC). Myanmar has so far only received US$4.1 billion (6.29 trillion kyats) of inbound foreign investment in the current fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30. “We […]

South Korean President Enhances Bilateral Economic Ties with Myanmar

YANGON- The president of South Korea pledged to accelerate Korea’s economic presence and to cooperate on development in Myanmar after meeting with the Myanmar State Counselor in Naypyitaw on Tuesday. The trip is a part of his “New Southern Policy” to deepen relations with Southeast Asian nations, including in the economic realm. Moon Jae-in arrived […]

FDI jumps 77pc to US$2.3 billion in first half of 2019

Government-approved foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country stood at US$2.3 billion in the first-half of 2019, a 77 percent improvement from the same period last year when approved FDI came in at US$1.3 billion. According to statistics from the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration, Singapore was the top investor with US$1.3 billion and […]

China Leads Investment in Yangon

YANGON—China was the largest investor in Myanmar’s financial hub, Yangon Region, in the first nine months of the current fiscal year, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). China is already the second-largest investor in the country. The director of DICA’s Yangon Region Office, U Myo Khaing Oo, said on Wednesday that […]

‘No magic bullet’ behind Thilawa’s success

Success behind the Japan-led Special Economic Zone shows the need for Myanmar to improve access to land and utilities and reform its regulatory framework to capture investor interest, an SEZ investor said. Yangon’s government showcased 80 project proposals in last month’s Yangon Investment Forum. Apart from housing, industrial zones and highways, the list included ambitious […]

Myanmar on the radar as investors shift funds from China

Myanmar is well-positioned to benefit from the flight of capital to the Asean region as the trade war between China and the US plays out, officials said. ‘’Myanmar is one of the targeted countries for businesses planning to shift out of China to avoid the fallout from the trade war,” Li Fuquan, the chair of […]

Japan goes long on myanmar

Japan is playing a central role in assisting Myanmar’s ongoing financial reforms and attempts to achieve industrialisation. Japan is interested in Myanmar from both an industrial and a financial perspective, while Burmese officials see Japan as a natural partner for financial cooperation. Japan’s public–private assistance for financial development in Myanmar emerged in a Financial Services […]