Businesses call for lower taxes amid slowing economy

Myanmar businesses are urging the government to lower the country’s tax rates to alleviate pressure from the rising dollar exchange rate and slowdown in demand in recent months. According to the quarterly Business Sentiment Survey by the Union of Myanmar Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) released last month, Myanmar’s high taxation rates are […]

Myanmar official says ‘totally underestimated’ economic impact of Rohingya crisis

A Myanmar foreign investment official said on Wednesday he “totally underestimated” the economic damage of the Rohingya crisis, adding that the outcry over the jailing of two Reuters reporters would also have some impact on his country’s reputation. Asked at an investor forum in Singapore what impact the crisis had on Myanmar’s economy and investment, […]

Myanmar launches new companies law to adapt to current age

YANGON, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) — Myanmar has instituted a new companies law after amendment of its outdated Companies Act-1914 to adapt to the current age, registering an important milestone with its measures of promoting foreign investment. The new Myanmar Companies Law-2017 comes into effect from Wednesday, enabling a company’s registration process to be done electronically […]

Myanmar urged to fix key issues for industrial revamp

MYANMAR’S potential to become a regional investment hub would be realised only if the government manages to address major challenges businesses are facing in the nation, a banking expert has warned. Than Lwin, a senior consultant at KBZ Bank Ltd and former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) stressed the importance of […]

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 shouldn’t write off China without understanding her neighbour

An old Chinese proverb goes like this: “Three men make a tiger.” It means that if an unfounded premise is repeated many times, the premise will be accepted as the truth. Once this “tiger” is invented, it would be extremely difficult to dispel it from people’s minds, especially when we are living in a post-truth […]

Better PR, infrastructure needed to woo more Korean investors

Myanmar must be more proactive and enthusiastic across its attempts to attract foreign investors, such as visiting with the countries it plans to attract investments from. It should also better communicate developments that would be of interest to investors, such as recent directives on liberalising the education and retail sectors, Lee Hyuk, Secretary General of […]

Dutch De Heus sets up $16m feed plant in Myotha

Animal feed firm De Heus announced the launch of its second production site in Myanmar on Tuesday, taking the overall investment in the country to more than US$30 million. This feed plant in Mandalay, combined with the Yangon facility, will enable the Netherlands-based company to tap into the growing demand in both upper and lower […]

Myanmar likely to open more sectors to FDI

A SURGE in interest among global players following the liberalisation of Myanmar’s education sector to foreign investors has motivated the authorities to continue opening up the economy in other restricted sectors. Thant Sin Lwin, deputy director general at the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA), said at a press conference on Tuesday that Myanmar […]

Myanmar permits full foreign capital investments in education sector

The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has permitted foreigners to make full capital investments in private schools in Myanmar, according to Notification 7/2018 issued by the MIC on April 20. This means foreigners will now be able to fully own and operate private schools teaching a curriculum prescribed by the Ministry of Education (MOE) or an […]