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Myanmar to lure investments in healthcare, agri and industry

Myanmar will focus on drawing investments into healthcare, agriculture, livestock and fisheries and industrial zones in the wake of COVID-19, said U Thant Zin Lwin, Director General of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration. “We will prioritise attracting investors in these three sectors after experiencing COVID-19 this year. In healthcare for example, businesses that […]

Hong Kong top FDI source for Myanmar this fiscal year

Hong Kong has emerged as the top source of approved foreign direct investments (FDI) into Myanmar in the first seven months of fiscal 2019-20, accounting for around 32 percent of the overall commitments. From October 2019 to April 2020, the total number of FDI commitments from 39 entities registered in Hong Kong amounted to US$1.3 […]

Garment manufacturers show enthusiasm to turn to mask, PPE production

The foreign direct investments keep flowing into the country amid the COVID-19 crisis, and some garment manufacturers eye production of the mask and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), which are the basic health and safety requirements during the pandemic, said Director-General U Thant Sin Lwin of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). “The foreign […]

Myanmar economy unlikely to recover this year: MIFER

Despite a huge increase in approved foreign investments from US$1.9 billion to $3.3 billion during the period between October 2019 and March 2020, the actual inflow of foreign direct investments (FDI) are lower. At $500 million, the inflow of investment in the first quarter of the year fell short of last year’s $800 million, said […]

South Korean investments in Myanmar halted by pandemic

Inward investments from South Korea are now put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s top diplomat in Myanmar told this newspaper during an exclusive interview at the sidelines of a donation ceremony in Yangon last week. South Korean Ambassador Lee Sang-hwa said loans and programmes undertaken by Korean International Cooperation Agency and […]

MIC to accelerate approvals for labour-intensive, healthcare investments

The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) will accelerate approvals for investments in labour-intensive and infrastructure projects, MIC secretary U Thant Sin Lwin said last week. This is to ensure as many workers find jobs as possible to offset the impact of lay-offs in other sectors such as manufacturing and tourism. The MIC will also accelerate approvals […]

Investments unaffected by COVID-19 so far

The outbreak of the Covid-19 virus could slow the pace of foreign direct investments (FDI) into Myanmar in the coming months, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). U Myo Min, a director at DICA, said although Myanmar has been unaffected so far, the impact of the outbreak on the world economy […]

FDI to drive Myanmar’s growth, but political risks remain

Myanmar’s economy could grow at 6.6 per cent annually until 2030, thanks to solid investment gains, improved productivity and favourable demographics, even as weak business conditions and political risks threaten to dampen investment inflows, Oxford Economics said in a report. “We expect capital deepening to continue supporting growth, with investment to increase at a healthy […]

Foreign investment inflows to double: Myanmar govt

Approved foreign direct investment (FDI) into Myanmar is expected to grow this year, the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) says. Already, approved FDI into Myanmar in the first three months of fiscal year 2019-20 is double what it was in the same period in the previous fiscal year, the commission said. “Currently, FDI in the country […]

Three sectors likely to see massive inflows of FDI

In 2019-20 fiscal year, the power production sector, oil and gas sector and logistics sector are likely to see a massive inflow of foreign direct investments, said U Aung Naing Oo, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations. “In 2019-20 FY, the first promising sector is electricity production and power plants. […]